JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 5, 2016) – The 52nd-ranked ETSU men’s tennis team will return to the Dave Mullins Tennis Complex Wednesday when it hosts No. 74 Middle Tennessee State at 2 p.m. The Bucs will not only look to maintain their perfect home record against the Blue Raiders but they will also be looking for their second consecutive win over a nationally ranked opponent.
Following a pair of road victories at Furman and at No. 63 UNC Wilmington last weekend, the Bucs have moved up to No. 52 in the latest Oracle/ITA National Rankings. It is the highest ranking that ETSU has had this season. In addition to the team ranking, the Bucs had a singles player and a doubles duo earn spots in the national rankings. Junior David Biosca (Sant Fruitos De Bage, Spain) was tabbed the 85th-ranked player in the nation, while Biosca and Rogerio Ribiero (Sao Paulo, Brazil) came in at No. 47 in the doubles rankings.
In addition to the work by Biosca and Ribiero, Robert Herrera (Barcelona, Spain) has had a breakout season tallying a 14-2 record in singles with both defeats coming against nationally ranked players. Herrera has also been a threat in doubles when teamed with Diego Nunez (Monterrey, Mexico) as they hold a record of 6-0 this spring.
Middle Tennessee State fell to No. 74 in the latest national rankings after dropping a pair of matches to No. 35 Memphis and VCU. Despite the pair of losses, the Blue Raiders come into Wednesday’s match with a 14-7 record overall and own three victories over nationally ranked opponents at the time the match occurred.
Additionally, MTSU has three players with 14 or more victories in singles action this spring led by Gonzalo Morell’s 15 wins. Morell has also played a part in the Blue Raiders’ most effective doubles tandem when teamed with Ayed Zatar Cordero. Morell and Cordero have a record of 11-6 this spring.
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