TULSA, Okla. (May 28, 2016) – ETSU men’s tennis players David Biosca (Sant Fruitos De Bage, Spain) and Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) continued their historic run in the NCAA Doubles Tournament Saturday afternoon in Tulsa, Okla. as the duo defeated North Carolina’s Jack Murray and Brayden Schnurr, 6-2 and 7-6 (7), to advance to the tournament’s semifinal round.
“I’m beyond words,” said ETSU Head Coach Yaser Zaatini. “The pride, the excitement and the way these guys are holding the ETSU brand up high is definitely making a national impact. We are all so fortunate to be living this moment. Go Bucs!”
Biosca and Ribeiro took control of the match early as they went on to win the first set easily, 6-2. The tandem from ETSU had to rally in the second stanza, however, as Murray and Schnurr got out to an early 3-0 lead. The Bucs were able to come back and tie the score at four, five and six before finishing off the match with a 7-6 win.
“I mean it’s one after another you know, yesterday was a very tough match,” said Ribeiro. “Today I knew that the guys would come big, they’re great volleys, they’re great players but we have our tactic and I think that we posed up very well. More than anything we played very loosely, we wanted to win and we played with that will until the end of the game so I think that was important today.”
In the semifinal round Biosca and Ribeiro will take on the team of Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow from Texas A&M. Rinderknech and Withrow are 15-5 this season with five of those victories coming against ranked foes.
“Well winning matches like that (defeating #1 seed) give you a lot of confidence and we are going to try to go win our game,” Biosca said. “As he (Ribeiro) said we have our tactic and plan to win and we are going to do that.”
#63 David Biosca-Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. #27 Jack Murray-Brayden Schnur (North Carolina), 6-2, 7-6 (7)
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