Men’s tennis looks to keep rolling against Mercer and Kennesaw State

Thursday, April 05, 2012

ETSU defends 6-0 A-Sun record and nine-match winning streak with a pair of weekend duals

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 5, 2012) – Winners of nine-consecutive matches, the ETSU men’s tennis team puts its perfect Atlantic Sun record on the line when it takes on Mercer and Kennesaw State this Friday and Saturday at the Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center.

ETSU (9-8, 6-0 A-Sun) begins the series on Friday when it meets Mercer (4-9, 1-4 A-Sun) at 11:30 a.m., before wrapping weekend play on Saturday at noon against Kennesaw State (10-9, 1-4 A-Sun).

After putting itself in a 0-8 hole, ETSU has rallied to win every match since earning its first victory of the season against Appalachian State, 6-1, on Feb. 25. The Bucs put their record above .500 for the first time this year on Tuesday, earning their second victory against a ranked opponent by shutting out No. 73 Radford, 4-0. ETSU’s other win against a ranked team came against then-No. 71 Stetson, 5-0, on March 23.

On Tuesday against Radford, senior Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) ended Nicholas Sayer’s 13-match winning streak with a convincing 6-2, 6-4 victory at the No. 1. Jesus Banders (Caracas, Venezuela) and Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain) also came away with singles victories in the No. 2 and No. 6 matches, respectively, as ETSU earned its fifth-consecutive shutout. The rest of the singles points went unfinished after the match was moved to the Bristol Racquet Club because of rain.

Gille and senior Jeremy Bonnevalle (Keerbergen, Belgium) lead the Bucs in most consecutive wins, having won each of their last nine matches.

Mercer just recently ended a five-match losing skid with its first A-Sun victory of the season by defeating Kennesaw State, 6-1, last Friday. Before the win against KSU, Mercer had suffered three of its five losses by scores of 4-3, beginning the losing streak with a, 6-1, loss to Wake Forest on March 10.

Kennesaw State has its brief three-match winning streak ended with the loss to Mercer. The Owls had defeated Lipscomb, Young Harris and Jacksonville State in three home matches before being tripped up by the Bears.

Gianni Kubin and Louis Theodor share KSU’s best singles record at 11-7 this spring. Kubin has played the majority of his matches at the No. 4 where he is 7-4, while Theodor competes mostly at the No. 2 where he is 6-5.

Last year, the Bucs ended the regular season in Georgia with a, 7-0, sweep of Kennesaw State followed by a, 6-1, defeat of Mercer.

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