Knoxville, Tenn. (October 19, 2017) – The ETSU men’s tennis team finished day one of the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. The Bucs were dominant in both doubles and singles play.
ETSU played three doubles pairs in the main doubles draw to begin the day. Up first for the Bucs were David Gonzalez (Barcelona, Spain) and Tasei Miyamoto (Chiba, Japan) who fell 8-4 to Lipscomb and Frazier Rengifo and Juan Lugo (Maracay, Venezuela) who won 8-4 against IUPUI. Their next match will be on Friday when they take on Indiana at 8:00 a.m. Robert Herrera (Barcelona, Spain) and Sergi Fontcuberta (Barcelona, Spain) also picked up a 8-4 win against Ball State. They will also play on Friday at 8:00 a.m. against Tennessee.
It was a tremendous day for ETSU in singles draws as all seven Bucs advanced to the next round. Sergi Fontcuberta kicked things off for the Bucs battling for a 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 win over Dayton’s Steven Karl. Miguel Este (Caracas, Venezuela) moved on to the next round after Bradley Luetschwager from IUPUI retired the match. The score ended 4-6, 4-3. Frazier Rengifo earned his first win as a Buccaneer with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Addison Cazier from Butler. Fontcuberta, Este, and Rengifo will all play on Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Robert Herrera picked up a 7-5, 7-5 win over Adrian Mag from Butler, while David Gonzalez won 6-0, 6-0 against Chattanooga’s Jacob Marshall. Herrera and Gonzalez will play on Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Last up for the Bucs were Juan Lugo and Tasei Miyamoto. Lugo put up a fight to win his match 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, and rookie Miyamoto won his match 6-3, 6-4. Lugo will play on Friday at 11:00 a.m. and Miyamoto will play at 11:30 a.m.
The second day of the regionals will resume on Friday at 8:00 a.m. beginning with doubles play.
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