JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 25, 2018) – The ETSU women’s tennis team will officially begin their season on Friday, Jan. 26, when they travel to take on the Hokies of Virginia Tech. Following this match, the Bucs will take on Tennessee on Jan. 27 and Memphis on Jan. 28 to conclude their three-match weekend.
Friday, Jan. 26 | 12:00 p.m. | Virginia Tech
Saturday, Jan. 27 | 3:00 p.m. | Tennessee
Sunday, Jan. 28 | 10:00 a.m. | Memphis
About the Bucs
The Bucs open their season with the Hokies. They finished 14-6 last season and 6-1 in conference play. At home, they went a perfect 5-0. ETSU comes into the season with a lot of experience after returning five players in Melissa Esguerra (Derrimutt, Australia), Yi Chi Ma (Kaohsiung, Taiwan), Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece), Alory Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and Jayde Viccars (Glen Waverley, Australia). All are seniors except for Ma, who is a redshirt sophomore. In the fall, the Bucs welcomed freshman Esther Guemes (Madrid, Spain) and have recently added freshman Alejandra Morales (Santiago, Chile) and University of Evansville transfer, Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (Basauri, Spain).
About Virginia Tech
The Hokies open their season by hosting the Bucs. Virginia Tech has great depth with a roster of 13. Sophomore Natalie Novotna is currently ranked 25th in the ITA singles standings. The Hokies are under the leadership of Terry Ann Zawacki-Woods who enters her 15th season. From the fall season, Virginia Tech has a 40-1 singles record and have a perfect 10-0 record in doubles.
The Vols kicked off their season last weekend in Virginia after picking up wins over Old Dominion and William & Mary. They will host Memphis first, before taking on the Bucs. Last season Tennessee finished with a 19-12 record and a 4-9 SEC record. The Vols have a roster of eight with four returnees and three newcomers. They also have quite a young team with just two juniors and no seniors.
Memphis also comes into the weekend sitting at 2-0 after hosting UAB and UT Martin last Friday. The Tigers have a roster of nine, as they return four and welcome five. The Tigers have two seniors and four freshmen to add to the mix. Last season Memphis finished 11-8.
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