Men's tennis breaks through against Appalachian State, 6-1

Saturday, February 25, 2012

ETSU wins ninth-consecutive home opener

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Feb. 25, 2012) - The ETSU men's tennis team used five singles points and its first doubles point of the year to earn its first victory of the season by defeating Appalachian State 6-1 on Saturday evening at the Bristol Racquet Club.

Junior Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) moved up from No. 2 to No. 1 singles and broke a six-match losing skid by defeating Appalachian State’s (3-3) Alex Markov in a third set tiebreak 6-4, 4-6, 7-6. Sophomore Jeremy Bonnevalle (Keerbergen, Belgium) stepped up for ETSU (1-8) again, winning his second-consecutive match in a 6-3, 7-6 straight set victory over Sebastien King.

“It’s a great feeling to be back at home and pick up our first win,” said Director of ETSU Tennis Yaser Zaatini, whose Buccaneers have now won their home opener in nine-consecutive seasons. “It was long overdue. We don’t expect anything to come easy and I want this team to continuously fight when we are on the court. I’m proud of how hard we fought tonight and I hope this is the kick-start we needed to get where we need to be.”

The Bucs won two of three doubles matches to take the opening point for the first time all season. Seniors Robin Akser (Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) and Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) defeated Philip Kloc and Sebastien King in a tiebreak, 9-8, at No. 1 doubles, while sophomore Jorge Varon (Asuncion, Paraguay) and Bandres moved their doubles team record to 2-2, beating Andrew McKinnon and Zeke Sansing 8-6 in the No. 3 doubles match.

Gille continued his strong day in singles play by taking down Kloc 7-5, 6-1 in the No. 2 match, and joined Akser and Bonnevalle as the three Bucs to win in straight sets on the day. Sophomore Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain) may have won in straight sets, but was forced to retire after leading 6-3, 4-3 to give Steve Karendal the No. 5 singles point. The Bucs’ other singles victory came from junior Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay), who defeated Alain Humblet in the No. 3 match 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

The Bucs will look to keep themselves in the win column tomorrow when they head back to the Bristol Racquet Club to take on Tennessee Tech. First serve is scheduled for 10 a.m.

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