Bucs host Furman Saturday with conference title on the line
Bucs host Furman Saturday with conference title on the line
Friday, April 15, 2016

With a win, ETSU clinches its first ever regular season SoCon Championship

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 15, 2016) – The ETSU women’s tennis team will have a chance to make history Saturday when it hosts Furman in its regular season finale at the Dave Mullins Tennis Complex. If the Bucs knock off Furman they will clinch the program’s first ever regular season SoCon Championship and their fifth conference title overall. Prior to first serve, which is scheduled for 1 p.m., the team will also honor its three seniors: Lyn Yee Choo (Kuching, Malaysia), Regina Nychytailova (Maripol, Ukraine) and Ana Gerbasi (Caracas, Vennezuela).  

ETSU enters the match with the Paladins with a record of 17-1 overall and 6-0 in conference play. The Bucs, who are currently riding a seven-match winning streak, have five singles players that have reached double figures in wins this spring. Freshman Marina Espana (Castellear Del Valles, Spain) is 16-0 this season, while the trio of Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece), Choo and Gerbasi all have 14 wins. In addition to their work in singles, the teams of Choo and Gerbasi along with Espana and Markesini are a combined 25-7 in doubles play.

Like the Bucs, Furman enters Saturday’s match with an unblemished 6-0 record in conference play. The Paladins have won eight straight and 10 of their last 11 matches. All six players in Furman’s usual starting lineup have at least 10 wins in singles action, including Katarina Weymouth who has a team-leading 15 wins. However, doubles is where Furman has been dominant with a combined record of 40-18 (.690 winning percentage). The duo of Gabby Rodriguez and Rachel Simon have been the top duo for Furman with a record of 15-2.

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