Men’s tennis stretches winning streak to seven in, 7-0, defeat of Lipscomb

Saturday, March 31, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 30, 2012) – The No. 72 ETSU men’s tennis won its seventh-consecutive match on Friday by defeating Lipscomb, 7-0, in Atlantic Sun action at the Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center.

ETSU (7-8, 5-0 A-Sun) remained untouched in A-Sun action with its fifth win in five league contests, while Lipscomb (6-8, 1-3 A-Sun) was served its first sweep of the conference season.

“We played solid throughout the entire match,” Director of ETSU tennis Yaser Zaatini said. “The team played well under harsh conditions and an awkward court setting. The Lipscomb tennis facility is a beautiful place, but a great home court advantage.

“It’s great to get a win, and now the team will rest and prepare for Belmont tomorrow.”

Junior Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) and senior Jeremy Bonnevalle (Keerbergen, Belgium) got the day started by giving ETSU the advantage for the doubles point by defeating Tanner Brown and Daniel Hernandez, 8-4, in the No. 2 match. It was the duo’s fourth victory of the conference season, improving their A-Sun doubles team record to 4-1.

Things got a little dicey in the No. 3 match as Colby Shaw and David Salazar brought the Bison even with an, 8-4, win against Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela). ETSU had to rely on its No. 1 duo to pull through, and it did as seniors Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) and Robin Akser (Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) pulled out a, 9-7, set against Oliver Strecker and Miguel Cortez to win the doubles point and put ETSU up 1-0 in the match.

ETSU then put the match in cruise control with three-consecutive straight-set victories. Bandres was the first to complete his match in a 6-3, 6-3 defeat of Salazar at No. 2. Ramirez – playing at the No. 3 – then defeated Hernandez 6-4, 7-5, before Bonnevalle sealed ETSU’s seventh-straight victory by taking the No. 4 singles point 6-3, 6-3 against Shaw.

Gille was the last of the opening singles group to finish, but remained perfect at 5-0 in A-Sun action with a hard-fought 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Strecker in the No. 1 match.

Ribeiro and sophomore Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain) took the courts playing the No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, with ETSU already up 5-0, and completed the sweep. Ribeiro took down Brown handily, 6-3, 6-0, while Ordeig was forced into a match tiebreak, but pulled through with a 6-7 (5-7), 6-0, 1-0 (10-7) win to complete the day.

The Bucs now prepare for Belmont on Saturday at the Centennial Sportsplex. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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