ETSU men's tennis shows its passion at the Ranked Plus One Invitational
Olivares
Olivares

Monday, September 29, 2008

(September 29, 2008) - After winning his first three opening round matches at the Ranked Plus One Invitational this weekend, ETSU men's tennis senior Enrique Olivares (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela), dropped an emotional finals contest to 82nd ranked Sanam Singh of host Virginia, 7-6,6-4.

 

The loss ends an incredible run for the 31st ranked Olivares, in which the reigning Atlantic Sun Player of the Year won the prestigious 41st annual Southern Intercollegiate Championships, last Monday in Athens, Ga.

 

"It was pretty hard to watch Enrique lose his first match of the fall," said head coach Yaser Zaatini. "That being said, it's been very exciting to watch him play with so much care and passion. Anytime there's a challenge or a hard match he shows up ready to play and that's something that's very respectful. It's been nice that people are taking notice of the success he is having, especially since Enrique has worked so hard to get where he is now."

 

In doubles action the ETSU team of Olivares and fellow senior Alex Ahlgren (Tyreso, Sweden), continued its recent success this fall. After losing in the semifinals, the Bucs duo responded by winning the third place match of bracket A-2, against the Virginia team of Singh and Courtney, 8-5.

 

"It's been fun watching Enrique and Alex play doubles," said Zaatini "They both are great friends and really care about the team and each other when they are competing. When one player misses a shot, I think they feel like they let the other player down. Enthusiasm and teammate work are vital to success in doubles play and Enrique and Alex have both them qualities."

 

Olivares and Ahlgren return to the courts as they represent ETSU this coming weekend, at the ITA All-American tournament, in Tulsa, Okla. Both will compete in qualifying for the doubles portion of the tournament, while Olivares received an automatic bid from the ITA in the singles bracket due to his 31st ranking.

 

Attached is the final bracket with results. For more information on the men's tennis team please visit www.ETSUBUCS.com.

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MCC NCAA South Regional Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov 14 13 of 22
WCC NCAA South Regional Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov 14 23 of 29
VB ETSU 3 Charleston, S.C.
Nov 14 The Citadel 1
WBB ETSU 81 Final
Nov 14 University of North Carolina at Asheville 68
MBB ETSU 76 F
Nov 14 Valparaiso 90
VB ETSU 3 Macon, Ga.
Nov 15 Mercer University 1
WBB High Point University 76 Final
Nov 17 ETSU 84
MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville Freedom Hall
Nov 22, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 23, 7:00 p.m. Southern Conference Tournament (Semifinals)
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 24, 7:00 p.m. Southern Conference Tournament (Championship)
MBB ETSU Rock Hill, S.C.
Nov 24, 7:00 p.m. Winthrop
WBB ETSU Terre Haute, Ind.
Nov 24, 8:00 p.m. Indiana State University
WBB ETSU Bloomington, Ind.
Nov 26, 2:00 p.m. Indiana University
WBB ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Nov 29, 5:00 p.m. Virginia Tech University
MBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. Morehead State