JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 9, 2016) – After dropping its first match of the spring Sunday against No. 66 Winthrop, the ETSU women’s tennis team will return to action this week for a pair of matches against former Atlantic Sun rivals. The road swing will begin Thursday when the Bucs take on North Florida at 11 a.m. Following its matchup with the Ospreys, the Bucs will head to Macon, Ga. for its conference opener at Mercer with that match set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.
As their 10-1 overall record would indicate, the Bucs have had a great deal of success in both singles and doubles so far this spring. The Bucs boast winning percentages of .825 and .821 in singles and doubles, respectively. Leading these efforts for ETSU are freshman Marina Espana (Castellar Del Valles, Spain) and sophomore Melissa Esguerra (Derrimutt, Austrailia). Espana is 9-0 in singles and 8-1 in doubles with her partner Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece), while Esguerra is 7-0 in singles contests and 7-1 in doubles play.
The Ospreys enter Thursday’s match with the Bucs with a record of 4-3 with all three losses coming to teams in the Oracle/ITA National Rankings. UNF has dropped matches to No. 11 Auburn, No. 42 Clemson and No. 66 Florida State, and picked up wins against South Carolina State, Flager, UCF and Troy. Michelle Valdez (13-11) and Quetzali Vazquez (10-15) have been the team’s top players so far as they both have reached doubles figures in victories in singles action.
Mercer holds a record of 7-7 so far this season with four of those victories coming on its home court. Katia Stravroulaki has been the Bears’ top player in the first part of the season with an 8-3 record out of the No. 1 singles slot. Stravroulaki is also a part of Mercer’s top doubles duo with Grace Korta and they have a record of 7-5.
FOLLOW THE BUCS