Men’s Tennis heads to Des Moines to take on No. 73 Drake

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Bucs head to Iowa’s capital for first of three matches in central plains

DES MOINES, Iowa. (Feb. 8, 2012) – The No. 74 ETSU men’s tennis team travels to the central plains and the capital city of Des Moines on Thursday to take on No. 73 Drake inside the Roger Knapp Tennis Center at noon (EDT).

ETSU (0-4) has gotten off to a rough start in 2012, still in search of its first win after kicking off the season with four currently ITA-ranked teams. The five-time defending Atlantic Sun Tournament champions started the season in Lexington, Ky., but fell by a score of 4-1 to then-No. 22 Tulsa before dropping a 4-0 decision to then-No. 57 NC State. The following weekend, the Bucs traveled to Atlanta to take on Georgia State – currently ranked No. 71 after falling out of the polls for a week – but were knocked off 5-2, before heading to Athens, Ga. and falling to No. 4 Georgia 6-1.

Against Georgia, sophomore Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela) defeated Campbell Johnson, the No. 101 ITA-ranked men’s singles player, 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9). The win was Varon’s first of 2012 in his first match to put him at 1-0 in dual play, while Johnson’s loss was the first Georgia had suffered all season. In their previous three matches against then-No. 66 Clemson, then-No. 51 TCU and then-No. 34 Virginia Tech, Georgia earned 7-0 sweeps. Varon’s win also eliminated UGA’s 23-match singles winning streak.

Drake (4-1) dropped three spots from No. 70 in last week’s poll, albeit without dropping a single point the entire week. The Bulldogs earned 7-0 home sweeps against both Western Illinois and Chicago State, and did not lose a single set along the way. In its opening weekend, Drake took out Denver 4-1 and then No. 66 DePaul 4-2, but lost a 4-1 match to then-No. 73 Harvard in-between.

Junior Anis Ghorbel enters Thursday as the No. 51-ranked ITA men’s singles player for Drake. The Tunisian went 8-2 through singles play during the fall and reached the main draw finals at the ITA Central Regional – becoming just the third Bulldog to do so. Ghorbel is 2-0 in the spring, having defeated DePaul’s George Chanturia and Harvard’s Jonathan Pearlman at the No. 1 position.

ETSU and Drake last met on Mar. 10, 2007, when then-No. 53 Drake defeated then-No. 48 ETSU 5-2 in Lincoln, Neb.

For more information on ETSU tennis, please visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the tennis links.

Follow ETSU Athletics on Twitter Twitter and become a fan on Facebook Facebook.
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 87 F
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. ETSU 98
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
WBB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Dec 3, 5:00 p.m. George Mason University
MBB Western Carolina Freedom Hall
Dec 3, 8:00 p.m. ETSU