SEATTLE, Wash. (Jan. 23, 2016) – Following three straight losses to begin its 2016 season, the ETSU men’s tennis team notched its first victory of the spring season Saturday when it knocked off Pennsylvania, 4-3. The win bumps ETSU’s record to 1-3.
In singles action the Bucs were led by Robert Herrera (Barcelona, Spain) who notched his team-best third win of the season over Josh Pompan: 6-2, 6-3. Freshman Wenceslao Albin (Salliquelo, Argentina) won his first collegiate match in the No. 6 slot defeating Blaine Willenborg in three sets.
The Bucs won two of the three doubles matches against the Quakers as well. David Biosca (Sant Fruitos de Bage, Spain) and Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) notched their third straight win defeating Marshall Sharp and Matt Nardella, 6-1. Ismael Merino (Cinco Saltos, Argentina) and Herrera sealed the victory in doubles for the Bucs with 6-4 win in the third doubles slot.
“We desperately needed a win,” said ETSU Head Coach Yaser Zaatini. “Penn is a dangerous and deep team. We are definitely banged up but the guys showed heart. It is hard to find winning ways when there’s a doubt but the guys fought through. I’m proud of the whole team effort and hopefully we can keep this going.”
The Bucs will look to keep this momentum rolling Monday when they take on Portland at 1 p.m. EST in Seattle, Wash.
1. Kyle Mautner (Penn) def. David Biosca (ETSU): 2-6, 7-6, 6-2
2. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Vim De Alwis (Penn): 6-1, 6-0
3. Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Josh Pompan (Penn): 6-2, 6-3
4. Matt Nardella (Penn) def. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU): 4-6, 6-3, 7-6
5. Nicholai Westergaard (Penn) def. Ricardo Pabon (ETSU): 6-2, 6-3
6. Wenceslao Albin (ETSU) def. Blaine Willenborg (Penn): 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
1. Austin Kaplan/Nicholai Westergaard (Penn) def. Ismael Merino/Diego Nunez (ETSU): 6-1
2. Rogerio Ribeiro/David Biosca (ETSU) def. Marshall Sharp/Matt Nardella (Penn): 6-1
3. Sebastian Yllera/Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Kyle Mautner/Blaine Willenborg (Penn): 6-4
Order of finish:
Singles: 5, 2, 3, 6, 4, 1
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
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