Bucs head to Georgia for a trio of matches

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. (Feb. 5, 2014) - Following a 5-2 road win at No. 58 Yale, the ETSU men's tennis team will look to continue its winning ways when it travels to Georgia this weekend to take on a No. 4 Georgia in Athens, and Georgia State and No. 61 Wichita State in Atlanta.

LAST TIME OUT

The Buccaneers (2-5) moved up one spot in the ITA rankings to No. 67 after earning a road victory over nationally-ranked Yale Sunday, Feb. 2. The win capped a weekend in which the Bucs split matches with Ivy League Opponents. ETSU fell to Dartmouth, Friday, Jan. 31.

Roger Ordeig, Ricardo PabonSebastian Yllera, and Ismael Merino each picked up a singles win in the win over Yale. Yllera also paired with David Biosca to take the No. 2 doubles spot, while Pabon and Conner Huertas Del Pino came away victorious at No. 3 doubles.

ROAD WARRIORS

The Buccaneers have endured a rigorous non-conference schedule thus far.

Of ETSU's first seven matches, six have come against nationally-ranked opponents.

No. 4 GEORGIA - Thursday, Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m. - Athens, Ga. - LIVE STATS

The fourth-ranked Bulldogs (2-2) began the season with two consecutive wins before falling to No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 Southern California on the road last weekend.

Georgia advanced to the national semifinals last season before bowing out to eventual national champion Virginia.

Five of the Bulldogs six singles players are nationally ranked, including No. 12 Austin Smith and No. 21 Nathan Pasha.

Georgia's lineup also features two nationally-ranked doubles teams.

GEORGIA STATE - Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10:00 a.m. - Atlana, Ga.

The Panthers (2-4) will enter the weekend on a four-match loss streak.

Georgia State began the season with a pair of wins, but have since dropped four straight matches to Wichita State, Santa Clara, Columbia, and Cornell.

No. 61 WICHITA STATE - Sunday, Feb. 9 at 10:00 a.m. - Atlanta, Ga.

Like ETSU, Wichita State has been challenged by a tough non-conference schedule. The 61st-ranked Shockers (1-3) have suffered setbacks to No. 3 USC and No. 7 Oklahoma, and No. 34 Tulsa.

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