CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (April 21, 2016) – After finishing the regular season with a 17-2 record overall and a 6-1 mark in conference play, the ETSU women’s tennis team is set to compete in the Southern Conference Women’s Tennis Championship this weekend. The Bucs, who drew the No. 2 seed in the tournament, will take on No. 7 seed Mercer in the quarterfinals at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon. The three-day event will be played April 22-24 at the Champion’s Club in Chattanooga.
Scouting the Buccaneers: The Bucs enter Friday’s match with Mercer having won seven of their last eight matches dating back to early March. Collectively, the Bucs boast winning percentages of .819 in singles and .765 in doubles action.
Individually, five different Buccaneers received All-SoCon honors earlier this week. One of these honorees was Lyn Yee Choo (Kuching, Malaysia) who was named to the First Team in singles and doubles. Joining Choo in First Team doubles was Ana Gerbasi (Caracas, Venezuela), which marked the second consecutive year that Choo and Gerbasi have been named to the First Team. In addition to Choo and Gebasi, Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece), Marina Espana (Castellar Del Valles, Spain) and Melissa Esguerra (Derrimutt, Austrailia) received honors from the conference as well.
Scouting the Bears: Mercer, who dropped a 4-3 match to the Bucs earlier this season, enter the conference tournament with an overall record of 9-13 and 1-6 in SoCon action. Like the Bucs, Mercer has an All-SoCon First Team member on its squad in Katia Stravroulaki. Stravroulaki, who was named the SoCon Player of the Week twice this season, compiled a record of 14-5 this spring, including a 5-2 record in league play.
Tournament History: This will be the tenth SoCon Tournament appearance by ETSU since the league went to a team tournament format in 1998. The Bucs hold a record of 6-10 all-time in the event with their best finish occurring last season when they reached the championship game. ETSU will look to win its fifth conference tournament championship overall and first in the SoCon after winning four titles in the Atlantic Sun (2006, 2009, 2012, and 2014).
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