JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 19, 2011) - The two-time defending Atlantic Sun Conference regular season champion ETSU women's tennis team will get its 2011 season underway on Thursday evening when they host Milligan at 6 p.m. inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
The Bucs are coming off a perfect 10-0 regular season Atlantic Sun mark and they won their fourth-ever A-Sun Regular Season Championship. The team returns six key members from last year's squad including, first-team all-conference member Paula Jaime (Madrid, Spain) and second-team all-conference members Andra Voinea (Brasov, Romania) and Diana Navrosksta (Kviv, Ukraine).
The Bucs have also added two newcomers to the team for 2011. Freshman Giulia Andreazza (Balneario Camboriu, Brazil) had a solid fall tournament season as she tied for the team lead with 10 wins. Marine Wieliczko (Rouen, France) is another newcomer that looks to become an important piece to the lineup as she will see her first action this spring.
This past season, Yevgeniya Stupak closed out her unbelievable career in Johnson City as the school's all-time winningest player. Stupak was the only senior on last season's squad so the 2011 team will have to look for other members to step up and fill the void.
Thursday's match will also be the first for Yaser Zaatini as the head coach of the ETSU women's team. Zaatini has guided the ETSU men's tennis team to seven conference championships during his first eight years.
Milligan is coming off a successful 2010 campaign in which they advanced to the finals of the AAC Tournament. The team finished the year with an impressive 10-4 overall record and a perfect 6-0 mark in the AAC.
Following Thursday's match against Milligan, ETSU will hit the road for eight straight matches beginning next Friday at Eastern Kentucky.
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