JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 31, 2016) – No. 57 ETSU men’s tennis will hit the road for a pair of matches this weekend. The Bucs’ road trip will begin with a match at Furman at 3 p.m. and will conclude Sunday at No. 63 UNC Wilmington at noon.
The Bucs have been playing their best tennis of the season as of late winning six consecutive matches dating back to March 5. Individually, the Bucs have a pair of singles players that have reached double figures in victories in Robert Herrera (Barcelona, Spain) and David Biosca (Sant Fruitos De Bage, Spain). Herrera, who has a record of 12-2 this spring, has the most victories in the SoCon this season with 12. Biosca, meanwhile, was ranked No. 86 in the latest Oracle/ITA National Singles Rankings after posting a 10-4 record playing in the No. 1 singles position.
In double action the Bucs hold a record of 22-18 in 2016, which translates to a .550 winning percentage. ETSU’s top double pairing so far this season has been Biosca and Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil). The duo of Biosca and Ribeiro is 7-5 this season and came in at No. 55 in the latest edition of the Oracle/ITA National Doubles Rankings.
Furman has a record of 8-7 this season, including a mark of 6-1 at home. The Paladins are led in singles action by Adam Steryous who has a record of 10-5. Steryous has won six straight matches and is 8-2 in the last 10 contests. In doubles, the duo of Matt Browne and Ben Horst are tied for the conference lead in doubles victories with 10.
UNCW not only comes into the weekend ranked No. 63 in the latest edition of the national rankings but it also owns a perfect 6-0 record on its home court. In addition, the Seahawks also own a pair of victories over ACC opponents in NC State and Miami.
All but one player for UNCW has a winning record in singles action, and Christiaan Van der Burgh paces the squad with nine victories. The Seahawks have been at their best, however, in doubles as they hold a .630 winning percentage. Van der Burgh and Aviv Ben Shabat have been a major reason for that success with a 9-2 record.
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