LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2017) – Two years ago in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Virginia Tech defeated ETSU men’s tennis 4-1 to end its run in the tournament. However, the Bucs avenged that loss in an exciting 4-3 victory on Sunday at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Los Angeles, Calif.
David Biosca (Sant Fruitos de Bage, Spain), Robert Herrera (Barcelona, Spain), and Diego Nunez (Monterrey, Mexico) were on the ETSU roster when the Hokies defeated the Bucs in the 2015 season. Today, the trio picked up at least one win with Herrera and Nunez going 2-0 in doubles and singles play. Herrera won the decisive singles match that gave the Blue and Gold its first win of the season.
To open the consolation match, Virginia Tech’s Korsgaard/Kros defeated Wensceslao Albin (Salliquelo, Argentina)/Juan Lugo (Venezuela) 6-1. However, ETSU’s No. 1 and No. 2 doubles tandems upended the Hokies doubles teams to give the Bucs the doubles point and take the 1-0 lead.
The Bucs extended their lead as David Gonzalez (Barcelona, Spain) took the first singles match in straight sets: 6-1, 6-4. Down 2-0, Virginia Tech earned its first point of the match when Henrik Korsgaard defeated Miguel Este (Caracas, Venezuela). The Hokies extended their lead to 3-2 after winning the next two singles matches.
However, the Bucs showed resiliency with Virginia Tech one win away from taking the match. No. 65 Nunez upended Alexandre Ribeiro in three sets to knot the head-to-head match at three a piece. In a neck-and-neck final match, Herrera pulled out the decisive win as the Spain native won 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 to give ETSU its first win of the season.
“I am proud our squad,” said head coach head coach Yaser Zaatini. “We haven’t been clicking on all cylinders yet, but we fought through adversity and pulled out an impressive win to avenge a loss from the NCAA Tournament two years ago. We really came together as a team and picked up a great team win.”
The Bucs will take nearly three weeks off before they open their home portion of the 2016 schedule. ETSU will host UAB and Georgia State at the Dave Mullins Tennis Complex on February 17 and 19, respectively. Start times for the matches have yet to be announced.
(1) Nunez/Herrera (ETSU) def. Asaba/Corbett (VT)- 6-3
(2) Biosca/Este (ETSU) def. Harper/Ribeiro (VT)- 6-4
(3) Korsgaard/Kros (VT) def. Albin/Lugo (ETSU)- 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
(1) Jai Corbett (VT) def. #43 David Biosca (ETSU)- 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
(2) #65 Diego Nunez (ETSU) def. Alexandre Ribeiro (VT)- 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
(3) Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Mitch Harper (VT)- 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
(4) Henrik Korsgaard (VT) def. Miguel Este (ETSU)- 6-3, 6-3
(5) David Gonzalez (ETSU) def. Abraham Asaba (VT)- 6-1, 6-4
(6) Jason Kros (VT) def. Wenceslao Albin (ETSU)- 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Order of finish: 5, 4, 1, 6, 2, 3*
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