TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2018) – The ETSU Men’s Tennis finished 1-1 on the day to begin their season. ETSU cruised past Florida A&M winning 4-0, but fell to #20 ranked Florida State, 4-1. Head coach Martin Stiegwardt earned his first win as a head coach and his first win at ETSU.
In doubles action against Florida A&M, Miguel Este (Caracas, Venezuela) and Sergi Fontcuberta (Barcelona, Spain) combined to defeat Samer Hema Hansona and Jermaine Le Grand, 6-0. The #37 ranked duo of Juan Lugo (Maracay, Venezuela) and Frazier Rengifo (Cali, Colombia) upended Noureldin Adam and Alex Mosehle 6-3, to secure the doubles point.
Sergi Fontcuberta earned the first singles point and picked up his first win as a Buccaneer with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Samer Hema Hansona. Miguel Este then put the Bucs in an even better position with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Jermaine Le Grand and the senior, Robert Herrera (Barcelona, Spain) captured the win for the Bucs with a 6-0, 6-3 win against Federico Nani.
“I am excited to get my first win at ETSU and as a head coach, but I’m more excited for the guys who have been working hard and have been anxious to start competing,” said Martin Stiegwardt. “We had a slow start this morning, but we were able to finish the match with the more experience guys leading the way.”
After picking up a win to start their season, the Bucs would face their ultimate challenge as they took on #20 ranked Florida State. ETSU got off to a hot start winning the doubles point. Este and Fontcuberta went undefeated on the day as a duo, with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Florida State’s Terrell and Terrance Whitehurst. Lugo and Rengifo gave the Seminoles a challenge when they upset #8 ranked Lucas Poullain and Jose Gracia, 7-5 to win the doubles point.
ETSU was able to edge the Seminoles in doubles, but Florida State’s singles players dominated the match. Rana Roop Bhuller defeated Este, 6-0, 6-2, followed by Aziz Dougaz defeating Herrera 6-2, 6-3. Lucas Poullain came into the match ranked #23 and won a 6-3, 6-4 set over Lugo. The Seminole’s Chase Wood grabbed a 6-1, 6-5 win over David Gonzalez (Barcelona, Spain) to end the match. Despite the loss, Sergi Fontcuberta was putting up quite the fight over #22 ranked Guy Iradukunda. Before play ended, the score was 3-6, 6-4, 0-2. Rengifo also battled in the four spot with the score sitting at 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 before play ended.
“This afternoon we played some really good doubles against one of the best doubles teams in the country. Juan and Frazier beat the #8 team in the nation and showed what they’re capable of. In singles we had another slow start and they were very sharp. We fought back and gave ourselves a change in some courts, but they were very good closing out the matches. Tomorrow we have another big challenge to close out the weekend,” concluded Stiegwardt.
ETSU gets right back on the court tomorrow (Jan. 21) when they take on Florida Gulf Coast. The match is set for 11:00 a.m.
ETSU vs. Florida A&M
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ETSU vs. Florida State
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