Bucs complete play at VCU 4x1 Invitational with a hard fought match against #14 VCU
Travis Sandlant
Travis Sandlant

Sunday, January 21, 2007

RICHMOND, Va. (January 21, 2007) - The ETSU men's tennis team continued it's successful start to the spring season today on day 3 of the VCU 4x1 Invitational with a 5-0 win over Georgetown University, before falling to #14 Virginia Commonwealth University 3-0 in the afternoon match.

 

The Bucs started off the day taking the doubles match from Georgetown with Felix Insaurralde (Asuncion, Paraguay) and Lisandro Picardo (Mar Del Plata, Argentina) defeating Anthony Tan and Will Lowell 6-2, 6-3.

 

Following in singles action Enrique Olivares (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) defeated Jeff Schnell 6-3, 6-1 in the top position for the Bucs. Travis Sandlant (Werribee, Australia) fought through his match in the No. 2 position defeating Ted Tywang 7-6, 7-6.

 

Freshman Daniel Isaza (Medellin, Colombia) picked up his second win of the season defeating Adam Gross 6-2, 6-3, while Alex Ahlgren (Tyreso, Sweden) won his match in the No. 4 position against David Tillem 6-1, 7-6.

 

In the afternoon match the Bucs faced their first ranked opponent this spring, #14 Virginia Commonwealth University. In the doubles match Sandlant and Ahlgren fell to Lindgren and Ripoll 6-4, 6-2.

 

Felix Insaurralde lost to VCU's Arnaud Le Cloerec 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 1 position while Lisandro Picardo battled in the No. 4 position against Sebastian Deridder. Picardo served for the second set at 5-3 before going down to Deridder in a tiebreaker, deciding the match for the RAMS.

 

Both Enrique Olivares and Sebastian Serrano (Cartagena, Colombia) played hard fought matches and were in third sets when the match was decided. In a tight match at No. 3, Serrano had held a 4-3 lead and double break points in the third set, before the match was terminated with Sebastian Deridder leading 5-4.

 

"We played really good, I think it could've been a much closer match if all the matches had been finished," said head coach Yaser Zaatini. "We were extremely close, the match went for two and a half hours and the guys played tough. We showed we are a decent team, we just didn't get the win to show for it."

 

The Bucs will be back in Johnson City for the week and will head to Murfreesboro, Tenn. next Sunday at 2 p.m. to take on MTSU.

 

ETSU 5, Georgetown 0

 

Singles

 

No. 1- Enrique Olivares (ETSU) def. Jeff Schnell (GU) 6-3, 6-1

No. 2- Travis Sandlant (ETSU) def. Ted Tywang (GU) 7-6, 7-6

No. 3- Daniel Isaza (ETSU) def. Adam Gross (GU) 6-2, 6-3

No. 4- Alex Ahlgren (ETSU) def. David Tillem (GU) 6-1, 7-6

 

Doubles

 

Insaurralde/Picardo (ETSU) def. Tan/ Lowell (GU) 6-2, 6-3

 

ETSU 0, # 14 VCU 3

 

Singles

 

No. 1- Arnaud Le Cloerec (VCU) def. Felix Insaurralde (ETSU) 6-3, 6-1

No. 2- Enrique Olivares (ETSU) vs. Sergi Arumi (VCU) DNF

No. 3- Sebastian Serrano (ETSU) vs. Damien Lacombe (VCU) DNF

No. 4- Sebastian Deridder (VCU) def. Lisandro Picardo 6-3, 7-6

 

Doubles

 

Lindgren/Ripoll (VCU) def. Sandlant/Ahlgren (ETSU) 6-4, 6-2

Follow ETSU Athletics on Twitter Twitter and become a fan on Facebook Facebook.
MBB UNC Greensboro 80 F
Dec 13 ETSU 79
WBB Eastern Kentucky University 49 Final
Dec 13 ETSU 64
WBB ETSU 86 Final
Dec 15 Morehead State University 77
MBB ETSU 63 F
Dec 16 Eastern Kentucky 60
WBB ETSU 48 Final
Dec 19 University of North Carolina Wilmington 61
WBB ETSU Wilmington, N.C.
Dec 20, 12:00 p.m. Jacksonville State University
MBB ETSU Richmond, Va.
Dec 22, 7:00 p.m. VCU
WBB Iona College Johnson City, Tenn.
Dec 29, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MBB ETSU Knoxville, Tenn.
Dec 31, 1:00 p.m. Tennessee
WBB ETSU Chapel Hill, N.C.
Jan 2, 2:00 p.m. University of North Carolina
MBB VMI Freedom Hall
Jan 2, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MBB ETSU Birmingham, Ala.
Jan 5, 8:00 p.m. Samford
MBB Mercer Freedom Hall
Jan 8, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Greenville, S.C.
Jan 10, 2:00 p.m. Furman University
MBB Chattanooga Freedom Hall
Jan 10, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Spartanburg, S.C.
Jan 12, 11:30 a.m. Wofford College