JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 20, 2017) – After claiming the No. 1 overall seed in the Southern Conference Tournament, the ETSU men’s tennis team will open the quarterfinal round on Friday, April 21 in Greenville, S.C. against No. 8 Chattanooga at 9 a.m.
About the Bucs
ETSU concluded its regular season last week with a 13-7 overall record and a 7-0 conference mark. It was the Bucs’ sixth regular season title in the last seven seasons and marks the 15th straight year ETSU has won the regular season or conference tournament.
The Bucs received six postseason awards, which was announced on Wednesday by the league offices. Coach Ricardo Rojas was named the Coach of the Year as he guided the Blue and Gold to an undefeated conference record. David Biosca (Sant Fruitos de Bage, Spain), Robert Herrera (Barcelona, Spain) and Diego Nunez (Monterrey, Mexico) each claimed first team honors. Biosca earned First Team All-SoCon in singles, while Herrera and Nunez earned Frist Team All-Conference in doubles.
Herrera and David Gonzalez (Barcelona, Spain) each recorded Second Team honors for singles play, and Wenceslao Albin (Salliquelo, Argentina) and Gonzalez were named to the Second Team for doubles in the No. 3 position.
Aside from postseason awards, Biosca, Herrera and Gonzalez dominated singles play to conclude the season as each went 9-1 or 8-1 to finish the regular season. Biosca has won eight straight singles matches and is 9-1 in his last ten singles matches. Gonzalez finished the year going 9-1 and winning seven straight.
Biosca and Miguel Este (Caracas, Venezuela) have played solid doubles tennis lately as they have won five straight, and they are also 7-3 in their last ten doubles matches. Herrera/Nunez and Albin/Gonzalez are also 7-3 in their last ten matches and all three doubles teams concluded the regular season with a victory against The Citadel.
Previewing The Mocs
Chattanooga finished its regular season with a 5-16 overall record and a 0-7 SoCon record. The Mocs nearly stole a victory from Samford to conclude their regular season as they fell 4-3 in Homewood, Ala.
In conference singles matches, the Mocs are a combined 8-32. Derrick Brown and Simon Bustamante each lead the team with a pair of wins in the SoCon. Bustamante has the best overall record as he is 9-6 in dual matches this year and has posted an impressive 7-2 singles record in the No. 4 flight.
For doubles play, the Mocs have used 23 different combinations of tandem play. Bustamante and Niklas Gerdes have the only undefeated record with at least two matches played, as they are 5-0 this year with all five victories coming in SoCon play.
About the SoCon Tournament
The three-day tournament is being held in Greenville, S.C. on the campus of Furman University. The semifinal rounds will begin Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m., and the championship match will be played Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m.
If the Bucs were to win in the quarterfinals, they will play the winner of No. 4 UNCG/No. 5 Wofford at 2 p.m. at the Mickel Tennis Center.
Live stats for the entire SoCon Tournament can be found by clicking here.
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