CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Sept. 14, 2018) – On day one of the Chattanooga Collegiate Clay Court Championships, the ETSU men’s tennis team was represented by four Bucs who played in both singles and doubles action.
Up first was Miguel Este (Caracas, Venezuela) who took on Southern Conference foe, Pablo Llebeili from Chattanooga to earn a 6-0, 6-4 win. Este moved on to play Giovani Pasini from UAB, but fell 6-6, 6-3.
Taisei Miyamoto (Chiba, Japan) picked up two wins on day one. He first defeated Andy Romero from Troy 6-2, 6-2 and then went on to beat Wenceslao Albin from TTU in a tight battle of 6-4, 7-6, 1-0 (8). Miyamoto will play another opponent from Troy, Pelaya Antuna tomorrow.
Freshman Mark Papadopoulos (Sydney, Australia) fell to Tomas Rodriguez from Chattanooga 6-1, 6-0, but defeated Troy’s Antonio Selma in the loser’s bracket 6-4, 7-6.
Chris Mikrovas (Athens, Greece) fought hard for his win after defeating UAB’s Tom El Safadi 6-7, 6-3, 1-0 (7). Mikrovas moved on to play Chattanooga’s Simon Bustamante and had another tough battle, but fell 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (7).
In doubles action, Este and Miyamoto paired. The duo picked up a great 6-0 win over Chattanooga’s duo of Nash and LaHue. Este and Miyamoto won again after defeating another Chattanooga pair of Hyatt and Bustamante 6-4. They will advance to take on Memphis’ Pallares and Taylor.
Mikrovas and Papadopoulos fell to Chattanooga’s Plaisted and Kuroki 6-2. The duo earned a bye in the loser’s bracket and will take on Troy’s Antuna and Romero when play returns tomorrow.
The Bucs will return to action tomorrow, Sept. 15, at the Chattanooga Collegiate Clay Court Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn.
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