CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (April 21, 2016) – ETSU's quest for a tenth consecutive conference tournament championship will begin Friday as the Bucs take on eighth-seeded The Citadel in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Men’s Tennis Championship. First serve against the Bulldogs is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at the Champion’s Club in Chattanooga.
Scouting the Buccaneers: The Bucs are playing their best tennis of the season heading into Chattanooga this weekend as they have won 12 straight matches dating back to early March. Included in those 12 victories were seven against SoCon opponents, which allowed the Bucs to capture their 16th regular season championship in program history.
ETSU is led by two-time SoCon Player of the Year David Biosca (Sant Fruitos De Bage, Spain), who is currently the 76th-ranked player in the latest Oracle/ITA National Singles Rankings. In addition to Biosca, Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Robert Herrera (Barcelona, Spain) also posted stellar seasons for the Blue and Gold. Ribeiro, who earned All-SoCon First Team honors in singles and doubles, went 13-5 (7-0 SoCon) in his final season as a Buc, while Herrera led the team with 17 wins in singles and was a two-time SoCon Player of the Week.
Scouting the Bulldogs: The Citadel holds a record of 9-28 this spring, which is its most wins in a season since 2008. The Bulldogs’ turnaround can largely be attributed to their underclassmen. The freshmen and sophomores on The Citadel’s roster have combined for 65 of its 73 singles wins on the season. The Bulldogs also have five players that have won 10 or matches this season. Leading the way is Artemie Amari with 15 wins.
Tournament History: ETSU has won a total of 17 conference tournament titles (nine in the A-Sun and eight in the SoCon) in program history. Since the SoCon moved to a team tournament format in 1998, the Bucs hold a record of 20-4 in the SoCon tournament and have captured five championships under that system.
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