JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 19, 2017) – Even going up 3-0 early in the match, the ETSU men’s tennis team let the match slip as Georgia State rallied for four unanswered points in singles play to take the 4-3 decision at Dave Mullins Tennis Complex on Sunday.
The Bucs got off quickly as they swept the doubles point. No. 59 Diego Nunez (Monterrey, Mexico) and Robert Herrera (Barcelona, Spain) defeated the Panthers top doubles team 6-2. David Biosca (Sant Fruitos de Bage, Spain) and Miguel Este (Caracas, Venezuela) followed quickly behind as the tandem defeated ranked singles player, Zackery Kennedy, and teammate Quentin Coulaud of Georgia State.
Keeping the momentum going, ETSU earned the next two points in straight sets in singles play. No. 88 Biosca upset No. 84 Kennedy as the Spain native won 7-5, 6-0. Biosca’s fellow ranked teammate No. 69 Herrera even defeated his opponent quickly as he won 6-3, 6-2 out of the No. 3 slot.
Even though down 3-0, Georgia State did not surrender as the Panthers rallied for four straight points to win the match. Starting the rally was Jack MacFarlane when he defeated David Gonzalez (Barcelona, Spain) in three sets. After GSU took the next two matches, it all came down to Nunez and Andrei Andrukhou in the No. 2 position match for both teams. Nunez snuck out the first set 7-6, but Andrukhou snuck out a 7-6 victory of his own to tie the head-to-head match. Going into the third set, Andrukhou defeated Gonzalez 6-4 in the final set to secure his team’s improbable comeback.
The men’s tennis team will rest for nearly a week and a half before the team hits the courts again after playing two matches in three days. The Bucs will host former Atlantic Sun Conference rival North Florida on March 3 at the Dave Mullins Tennis Complex.
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