Thursday, March 18, 2010
ETSU has currently won 38 straight A-Sun matches and 47 straight contests played at home
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 18, 2010) - In a match that could very well decided how the Atlantic Sun Conference standings end up this season the 49th-ranked ETSU men's tennis team opens its two-match homestand with an 11 a.m. contest Friday against league rival 68th-ranked USC Upstate at the Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center on the ETSU campus.
The Bucs (7-6, 4-0 A-Sun) welcome the Spartans to the Tri-Cities after picking up three key victories in Florida over spring break. ETSU opened its weeklong trip in the Sunshine state with a close 4-3 victory over No. 48 UNC Wilmington March 9. The Bucs followed that win up with a pair of conference victories over FGCU (6-1) and A-Sun foe Stetson (5-2) last weekend.
Individually, senior Daniel Isaza (Medellin, Columbia) and junior Grega Teraz (Mojstrana, Slovenia) lead the way for head coach Yaser Zaatini's club.
Isaza has been on fire lately as the Medellin, Columbia native clinched ETSU's winning points over the Seahawks and Hatters. After dropping his first set in both matches the Buc captain rallied back with determination taking the final two frames for the wins. Overall, Isaza has won his last four matches in singles action.
Teraz comes into the match as the only ranked singles player by the ITA in the A-Sun. The ETSU upperclassman currently sits at No. 97 with a 7-3 record at No. 1 singles his last 10 matches.
USC Upstate (11-5, 4-0 A-Sun) enters the match playing some of its best tennis of the season over the last three weeks. The Spartans have won nine out of their last 10 contests, including wins over regionally ranked Yale, Tuesday. Overall, Upstate has picked up one ranked win over No. 45 San Diego, while defeating former ranked team Elon, 5-2.
ETSU also defeated Elon (6-1) when the Phoenix was ranked No. 72 back on January 30.
Individually, for the Spartans senior Javier Tori leads Upstate into battle. Fresh off his fourth career A-Sun Player of the Year honor Wednesday, Tori - Upstate's all-time career singles and doubles leader - looks to extended his eight match winning streak at No. 3 singles.
Overall, ETSU is 2-0 all-time against the Spartans. Last season the Bucs defeated the Upstate 4-3 earning their fourth straight league championship in Spartanburg, S.C. In that match ETSU held a 3-0 advantage before Upstate stormed back to tie the contest at 3-3. Former senior Alex Ahlgren clinched the Bucs' win sweeping his final two sets 6-1.
For more information of the ETSU men's tennis team please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.
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