JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 31, 2017) – Carrying a five-game win streak, the ETSU women’s tennis hosts Mercer in a Southern Conference matchup on Saturday at the Dave Mullins Tennis Complex on Saturday, April 1. First serve is set for 10:30 a.m.
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ETSU has won five straight matches – including three straight in SoCon play. In three of the last four matches, the Bucs have swept the competition, while out-scoring opponents 25-2 in that stretch.
With its perfect 3-0 SoCon record, the Bucs are a 20-4 between doubles and singles play in the conference. In singles, Southern Conference play, there are four Buccaneers with an undefeated record – Marina Guinart (Castellar del Valles, Spain), Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece), Alory Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Jayde Viccars (Glen Waverly, Australia).
Marina continues to play strong, as the sophomore is 30-0 in singles tennis over her ETSU career. Markesini is 8-3 this season and has won four straight matches. Joining her with an 8-3 overall record is Pereira – who has won her last six matches. Viccars has also won four consecutive matches.
The Bucs have two doubles teams this year that have a combined for a 16-6 record this year. As a team, ETSU is 19-13 in doubles competition this year including a 4-2 mark in conference play. Guinart and Markesini have played solely out of the No. 1 position, and the duo sport an 8-3 record and 2-0 mark in the SoCon. Yi Chi Ma (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) and Pereira are also 8-3 as they have played in the No. 2 slot for the Blue and Gold.
The Bears enter the weekend with an 11-5 record and are 2-1 in the SoCon. They are undefeated at home at 8-0 but have suffered all four losses on the road.
In singles this year, Mercer is 53-35 as a team. Leading the team are Katie Sidor and Katia Stavroulaki. Sidor is 11-4 on the season while posing an 11-3 mark in the No. 3 slot. Stavroulaki is 10-3 this season as she has played solely out of the No. 1 position.
Grace Korta and Stavroulaki is the best doubles tandem on the squad as they have played in the No. 1 position for the Bears. The duo is 9-5 on the year and 2-1 in the SoCon. Sidor and Anna Sovic are right behind their teammates as they sport an 8-5 record.
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