Biosca and Ribeiro upset the nation’s top-ranked doubles team; advance to NCAA Doubles Quarterfinals
Biosca and Ribeiro upset the nation’s top-ranked doubles team; advance to NCAA Doubles Quarterfinals
Friday, May 27, 2016

ETSU’s duo continues their historic run in the NCAA Tournament

TULSA, Okla. (May 27, 2016) – A day after winning the program’s first ever match in the NCAA Doubles Championship, ETSU men’s tennis players David Biosca (Sant Fruitos De Bage, Spain) and Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) made some more history Friday defeating the nation’s top-ranked doubles team from Florida, Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson, by scores of 6-4 and 7-5 to advance to the tournament’s quarterfinal round. With the win, Biosca and Ribeiro achieve All-American honors. They are just the third and fourth players in program history to achieve the feat joining current Head Coach Yaser Zaatini (1991, 1992, 1993) and former Buc Enrique Oliveras (2008).

“Can’t find words worthy to explain what these two young men did,” said Zaatini. “They just wrote a new chapter in the history book for ETSU Tennis, but more importantly in the history of our athletic department. They became All-Americans and beat the No. 1 team in the nation. This is a tribute to hard work, love and the ‘all in’ mentality of the team, Ricky Rojas and our whole staff. Go Bucs!”

After winning the first set 6-4, Biosca and Ribeiro rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the second set to not only tie the score at three a piece but also pull ahead before eventually finishing off the match, 7-5. With the win, Biosca and Ribeiro improve 13-6 this season and a perfect 3-0 against nationally ranked opponents.

The next opponent for Biosca and Ribeiro will be North Carolina’s Jack Murray/Brayden Schnurr. Murray and Schnurr are ranked No. 27 in Oracle/ITA National Doubles Rankings. First serve is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday. 

Saturday’s quarterfinal match will have live stats and video available HERE and fans can follow @ETSUAthletics and @ETSUMensTennis on Twitter for in-match updates.

Match Result

#63 David Biosca-Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. #1 [1] Diego Hidalgo-Gordon Watson (Florida), 6-4, 7-5

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