ETSU men's tennis prepares for opening round of NCAA Championships against Notre Dame
Junior Enrique Olivares looks to help guide the Bucs past Notre Dame
Junior Enrique Olivares looks to help guide the Bucs past Notre Dame

Friday, May 09, 2008

JOHNSON CITY , Tenn. (May 9, 2008) - The No. 41 ETSU men's tennis team (23-3, 10-0 A-Sun) is set for its second straight appearance in the NCAA team tournament, where the Bucs will 26th-ranked Notre Dame (16-10, 4-0 Big East) in the opening round Saturday. The two teams will face each other in regional action beginning at 2 p.m. at the Stickney Tennis Center on the campus of Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.


The Bucs are led by junior Enrique Olivares (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela), who is 22-5 this season playing at the No. 1 singles position and senior Lisandro Picardo (Mar del Plata, Argentina) who has gone 17-0 this spring. Seniors Predrag Burmazovic (Belgrade, Serbia), Oscar Posada (Valencia, Venezuela), and Sebastian Serrano (Cartagena, Colombia) will also help guide ETSU. Posada has been a strong force for the Bucs from the No. 5 slot going 13-3 in singles play and 16-4 in doubles during dual play. Competing mainly in the sixth position, sophomore Daniel Isaza (Medellin, Colombia) compiled a 13-8 record adding depth to the lineup.


In doubles, ETSU has been dominant throughout the season and looks for that trend to continue. Serrano and Olivares have been a formidable duo notching a 62-14 record over the last three seasons. They have knocked off opponents from then No. 2 Georgia, No. 50 MTSU, No. 48 Harvard, No. 59 Stetson and a victory over the fourth-ranked duo from Texas. The duo was also undefeated in conference play for the third straight year. Posada and Alex Ahlgren (Tyreso, Sweden) have also been a forceful presence for the Bucs with a 19-7 overall record competing primarily in the No. 1 slot, while Picardo and Isaza compiled a 21-6 overall record and won their second straight title at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in the fall.


This marks the sixth time the Bucs have competed in the NCAA Championships, the fourth time in five years they have qualified, and marks the first time they have faced a Big East opponent. Their last appearance came in 2007, where the Bucs fell, 4-2 to 17th-ranked Alabama in the first round. Other past opponents include Tennessee, TCU, Auburn, and Kentucky.


The Fighting Irish is led by senior Sheeva Parbhu and junior Brett Helgeson. Parbhu ended the season with a 27-12 record and is ranked No. 111 in the latest ITA poll. Helgeson finished the season 30-10 and is ranked 44th nationally. This will be Notre Dame's 17th NCAA appearance in the last 18 seasons.


The winner of the ETSU-Notre Dame match will advance to Sunday's second round match-up against the winner of the Ohio State-Cleveland State match. Follow the Bucs by visiting the live scoring page on the Ohio State website and check for updates at the end of each days play.



Tournament Schedule
Saturday, May 10
11 a.m. Ohio State vs. Cleveland State
2 p.m. Notre Dame vs. ETSU

Sunday, May 11
Noon Winner of 11 a.m. match vs. Winner of 2 p.m. match

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Oct 21 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MSOC ETSU 4 Lexington, Va.
Oct 21 VMI 0
VB The Citadel 0 Johnson City, Tenn.
Oct 21 ETSU 3
FB ETSU Kingsport, Tenn.
Oct 23, 6:00 p.m. Scrimmage at J. Fred Johnson Stadium
MSOC ETSU 0 Greenville, S.C.
Oct 24, 6:00 p.m. Furman 3
VB ETSU 2 Birmingham, Ala.
Oct 24, 6:00 p.m. Samford University 3
WGOLF Palmetto Intercollegiate Kiawah Island, S.C.
Oct 26 10th of 20
WSOC ETSU 2 Cullowhee, N.C.
Oct 26 Western Carolina 3
MSOC UNC Greensboro 1 OT
Oct 28 ETSU 0
MBB Blue/Gold Scrimmage Freedom Hall
Oct 30, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MCC Southern Conference Championship Kernersville, N.C.
Oct 31 2 of 10
WCC Southern Conference Championship Kernersville, N.C.
Oct 31 4 of 10
WTEN ETSU Knoxville, Tenn.
Oct 31 University of Tennessee Fall Invite
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Oct 31, 7:00 p.m. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Nov 1, 7:00 p.m. University of Tennessee Fall Invite
WBB Milligan College Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 12:00 p.m. ETSU
FB ETSU Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 3:00 p.m. Homecoming scrimmage
WSOC ETSU Johnson City, Tenn.
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VB University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 7:00 p.m. ETSU