Bottom of the Lineup Delivers in 5-2 Victory
Bottom of the Lineup Delivers in 5-2 Victory
Sunday, February 16, 2020

ETSU wins first home match of the season

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 16, 2020) – The ETSU Men’s Tennis team won its first true home match of the season, defeating Appalachian State by the final score of 5-2 at the Dave Mullins Tennis Complex. Following the win, the Bucs improved to 2-6 on the season and have now snapped a three-match slide.

The doubles point went in favor of the home squad, winning the showdowns from the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles slots. Miguel Este (Caracas, Venezuela) and Dimitri Badra (Maracay, Venezuela) started the match off with a 6-1 win over Alessio Azzalini and Matvey Radionov. The point was clinched from the No. 2 slot after Juan Lugo (Maracay, Venezuela) and Dylan Bednarczyk (Ontario, Canada) bested Aleksandar Petrovic and Zion Heaven, 6-3.

Badra jump started the singles wins with a straight-set victory over Alex Pavkovich in the No. 4 position. Badra won the first set 6-3 before cruising to a dominating 6-0 win in the second set. Following Badra’s win, Thiago Pernas (Buenos Aires, Argentina) picked up his first collegiate singles win with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Heaven in the No. 5 singles position.

The match was clinched from the top spot after Yusuf Khamis (Cairo, Egypt) defeated Petrovic for his team-leading fifth singles win. Khamis upended Petrovic in the first set 6-3 before fending off his opponent 6-4 in the second set to seal the Bucs’ win.

ETSU claimed one more point from the match as the ever-reliable Este earned a 6-4, 7-5 win in the No. 6 singles position, improving to 4-2 on the campaign.

The Bucs will return to the court on Saturday, Feb. 22 when the Blue & Gold hit the road to take on Southern Conference foe, Samford, in Birmingham, Ala. The showdown with the Bulldogs will be the conference opener for both teams.

Singles Competition

  1. Yusuf Khamis (ETSU) Aleksandar Petrovic (APP), 6-3, 6-4
  2. Milo Bargeron (APP) def. Frazier Rengifo (ETSU), 7-6(5), 6-4
  3. Matvey Radionov (APP) def. Juan Lugo (ETSU), 7-6(5), 1-6, 1-0 (4)
  4. Dimitri Badra (ETSU) Alex Pavkovich (APP), 6-3, 6-0
  5. Thiago Pernas (ETSU) Zion Heaven (APP), 6-3, 6-2
  6. Miguel Este (ETSU) Alessio Azzalini (APP), 6-4, 7-5

Doubles Competition

  1. Frazier Rengifo/Chris Mikrovas (ETSU) Milo Bargeron/Alex Pavkovich (APP), 4-5 unf.
  2. Juan Lugo/Dylan Bednarczyk (ETSU) Aleksandar Petrovic/Zion Heaven (APP), 6-3
  3. Miguel Este/Dimitri Badra (ETSU) Alessio Azzalini/Matvey Radionov (APP), 6-1

Match Notes: ETSU 2-6, Appalachian State 1-5

Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,5,1,2,6,3)

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