Gonzalez & Fontcuberta Prep for Busy Sunday
ATHENS, Ga. (Sept. 8, 2018) – The doubles pair of David Gonzalez (Barcelona, Spain) and Sergi Fontcuberta (Barcelona, Spain) will represent ETSU on day three of the season-opening Southern Intercollegiate Championships.
The Bucs duo, seeded 6th in the Division I draw, got a first-round bye and advanced to Sunday’s round of 32 with an 8-4 win over Mico Guillion and Oliver Stuart of Mercer. Up next is a 3:00 pm matchup against Pablo Caffarena and Victor Chaw of Lispscomb, who upset #16 Ignacio Garcia and Alvaro Fernandez of Florida Atlantic in the second round.
A win for Gonzalez and Fortcuberta would put them in the quarterfinals at 4:30 Sunday afternoon. The semifinals and championship match are scheduled for Monday.
In other Division I doubles results, ETSU’s Taisei Miyamoto (Chiba, Japan) and Adam O’Shannessy (New South Wales, Australia) won their first round match, 8-6, over Harvey Maughan and Juan Sebastian Osorio of Kennesaw State, and dropped an 8-3 result to Kiranpal Pannu and Matei Avram of Columbus State.
The Bucs’ pair of Juan Lugo (Maracay, Venezuela) and Mark Papadopoulos (Sydney, Australia) were clipped, 8-7, by Mika Kosonen and Sergio Valinotti of Georgia Gwinnett in the first round.
The Bucs saw three players claim first-round wins in Division I singles.
In his first match, Gonzalez dropped the first set to Daniel Ventura, but lost just one more game after that in a 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory. Gabriel DeCamps of Central Florida, the #8 seed, defeated Gonzalez 6-1, 6-3 in the second round. Kosonen got by Gonzalez, 6-2, 7-4, in the Quadrant B compass draw.
Fontcuberta opened with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Marc Mila of Tennessee Tech, then bowed to Rafael Coutinho of Georgia Gwinnett, 6-3, 6-3. Coutinho had upset 9th-seeded Fermin Calvo Barcelo of Kennesaw State in the first round. Fortcuberta’s day ended with a 6-1, 6-4 setback to 6th-seeded Dave Horneffer of Dartmouth in the Quadrant D compass draw.
Lugo began with a 6-4, 7-6 win over Alvaro Fernandez-Horta of Florida Atlantic – taking the second set in a tie-breaker – before a 6-3, 6-3 setback to Oscar Medquida of Arkansas. Lugo then fell to Tommaso Schold of Columbus State, 7-6, 5-1 (retired).
In Division II singles, O’Shannessy – seeded 14th – got upset by Carver Arant of Mercer, 6-2, 6-3 in the first round. The freshman responded with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Ian Melnik of UNCG, but ended the day with a 6-3, 6-1 loss to Giovanni Araujo of UNC Wilmington.
Miyamoto dropped a three-set heartbreaker to Chase Bernstine of Virginia Tech, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Miyamoto bounced back by dispatching Francesco Tacconi of Lipscomb 7-6 (3), 6-3 before a 6-3, 7-5 loss to Fanis Kontopolous of Tennessee Tech in the Quadrant E compass draw.
Chris Mikrovas (Athens, Greece) fell to Robin Moeller of Georgia College, 6-2, 7-5. But he went to sweep Lucca Silva of Tennessee Tech, 6-3, 6-3, before dropping a 6-1, 6-2 result to Fernando Guardia of Mercer. Mikrovas ended the day with a 6-5, 6-1 triumph over Oliver Palmer of UNCG in Quadrant D.
Papadopoulos was defeated by Riku Kubota of Tennessee Tech, 6-4, 6-2, only to recover for a decisive 6-1, 6-2 win over Sebastian Harris of Gardner-Webb. Davide Innocenti of UNC Wilmington downed Papadopoulos, 6-4, 6-4, in Quadrant G.
For more information on Buccaneer men’s tennis visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s tennis page.