No. 73 ETSU looking for continued success at App State

Friday, February 01, 2013

Bucs vs. App, Saturday at 1 p.m.

BOONE, N.C. (Feb. 1, 2013) – The ETSU men’s tennis team ends a five-match road trip on Saturday, making the short trip to Boone, N.C. for a 1 p.m., meeting with Appalachian State inside the Deer Valley Racquet Club.

ETSU (2-2) will be looking to win its third match in as many years against the Mountaineers (0-3). The Bucs won, 6-1, last year and, 5-2, in 2011. Both matches came inside the Bristol Racquet Club.

Expected to compete for the Bucs are the same six who have fought through the first four matches of the dual season. Senior Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) will likely be in the top singles contest, where he has compiled a 1-2 record thus far. Looking down the rest of the lineup, sophomore Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) has competed at the No. 2, junior Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela) at No. 3, senior Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) at No. 4, junior Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain) at No. 5 and sophomore Ricardo Pabon (Bogota, Columbia) at No. 6.

Ramirez and Ordeig are the keys to victory for ETSU. In both of the Bucs’ wins, Ramirez and Ordeig have come away victorious in their respective singles matches. With a win in both singles and alongside Pabon in doubles on Sunday against then-No. 71 UL-Lafayette, Ordeig was named Atlantic Sun Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for the first time in his collegiate career.

Saturday’s matchup gives the Buccaneers a chance to string together two victories for the first time this season. ETSU began the 2013 dual campaign two weeks ago, falling to then-No. 66 Wake Forest, 7-0, and bouncing back to defeat Oklahoma State in Knoxville, Tenn., the very next day, 4-2. At the fifth annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, the Bucs suffered another, 7-0, loss to No. 4 Ohio State, before ending the trip on a positive note by defeating ULL, 4-2.

Appalachian State is still seeking its first win of the year. The Mountaineers kicked off the season with a, 5-0, loss to South Carolina two weeks ago, following that up with a, 9-0, loss to No. 39 UNC Wilmington two day later. In its home opener last weekend, ASU came up short to Presbyterian, 4-3.

A complete match recap will be available following the completion of the contest by logging onto ETSUBucs.com.

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