Thursday, April 15, 2010
ETSU looks to win its eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament starting Friday
DeLAND, Fla. (April 15, 2010) - A day removed from five Buccaneers being named as Atlantic Sun All-Conference players and sophomore Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) winning his first career A-Sun Player of the Year award the No. 59 ETSU men's tennis team begins its quest for a fourth straight A-Sun Championship against Campbell with a 9 a.m. match Friday at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center hosted by Stetson University.
ETSU (13-7, 9-1 A-Sun) the top overall seed in the field has won 11 out its last 12 contests. Since joining the league in 2005 the Bucs are 9-1 in the conference tournament. ETSU's only loss came against Belmont in its first season in the league.
Individually, Gille - who was an All-Tournament selection last season - has been unstoppable against league competitors this season. In fact the Kuringen, Belgium native has dropped only one set in route to a perfect 10-0 record in A-Sun play.
Campbell (16-8, 6-4 A-Sun) who is seeded fourth, enters the match after closing out fifth-seeded Jacksonville 4-1 Thursday morning in the quarterfinals.
Individually, senior Davy Sum leads the way after being tabbed as one of two unanimous choices on the A-Sun First-Team Wednesday. Sum - who sits with a 16-4 singles record - was the Fighting Camels lone victory March 20 when the Bucs topped CU 6-1.
Last season ETSU opened the A-Sun Championships with a 4-0 victory over Campbell. In that win current players senior Daniel Isaza (Medellin, Columbia) junior Charles Bottoni (Bois Guillaume, France ) and Grega Teraz (Mojstrana, Slovenia) and sophomore Robin Akser (Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) all picked up key victories against CU.
Fans can access live stats at the start of the match by clicking the link above.
For more information of the ETSU men's tennis team please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.
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