JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 13, 2017) – To open its season, the ETSU men’s tennis team will travel to No. 2 Wake Forest on January 14 followed by a trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to square off with Alabama on January 16.
About the Bucs
ETSU returns several integral players to its roster this season including David Biosca (Sant Fruitos de Bage, Spain), Robert Herrera (Barcelona, Spain) and Diego Nunez (Monterrey, Mexico).
The trio of Buccaneers compiled a 46-15 singles record last season with Herrera leading the team with a 20-2 record. Herrera and Nunez look to keep their unblemished career doubles record intact as the pair are 15-0 including going 14-0 last season.
Announced yesterday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, Nunez (No. 43) and Biosca (No. 65) were both ranked in the top-65 in men’s singles tennis.
Previewing Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons finished the season 31-6 including going 19-2 at home. Wake Forest made a run in the NCAA Tournament as a team but were upended by Oklahoma 4-0 in the Sweet Sixteen. The Sooners ultimately went on to the National Championship but were nipped 4-1 by Virginia.
Last season ETSU and Wake Forest squared off, and the Deacons claimed the 8-1 victory. The only win for the Blue and Gold came in doubles play as Rogerio Ribeiro and Biosca knocked off the No. 26 doubles tandem Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim, 6-2.
The Crimson Tide finished the 2016 campaign going 14-13 overall and 5-7 in Southeastern Conference play. Alabama opened its season last year with a commanding 6-1 victory over Georgia State and continued its success by starting the season 5-1.
Sophomore Mazen Osama started his collegiate debut on a high note as he was invited to the NCAA Tournament for singles play. He defeated Brett Clark of North Carolina 6-2, 6-2 in the first round before being upended 6-0, 6-3 by Roberto Cid of South Florida in the second round.
Osama and teammate Korey Lovett were invited to the NCAA Tournament for doubles, but their run was ended in the first round falling 6-4, 6-3 to Alex Lawson and Quentin Monaghan of Notre Dame.
ETSU will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. on Saturday with the match set to start at 6 p.m. The live stats for this match can be found to the right.
The Bucs will then travel to Alabama for a showdown with the Crimson Tide on Monday. The match will begin at 2 p.m. (eastern).
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