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RICHMOND, Va. (January 20, 2008) - The No. 49 ETSU men's tennis team closed out the final day of the VCU 4x1 Invitational blanking two opponents. For the second day in a row the Bucs went without dropping a match in singles or doubles, they defeated Temple 5-0, and went on to defeat Longwood 5-0 in the afternoon match.
In the first match of the day the No. 33 duo of Sebastian Serrano (Cartagena, Colombia) and Enrique Olivares (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) defeated Zach Tobias and Lawrence Caprio, 6-0, 6-1 to take the first point of the match.
In singles, Alex Ahlgren (Tyreso, Sweden) defeated Ricardo Velazquez in the No. 1 position, 6-1, 6-0 while in the No. 2 slot Daniel Isaza (Medellin, Colombia) knocked off Eduardo Saavedra, 6-1, 6-0.
Newcomer Matej Zlatkovic (Ljubjana, Slovenia) breezed past Pavlos Stephanides, 6-2, 7-5 in the third position while transfer Sergio Velez (Medellin, Colombia) defeated Andrew Choi, 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 4 position.
The Bucs continued to find success as they wrapped up the day with a 5-0 win over Longwood. Senior Oscar Posada (Valencia, Venezuela) and Ahlgren teamed up to breeze past Mani Barajas-Alexander and Milo Barajas-Alexander, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 49 Olivares defeated David Cardoso in the No. 1 slot, 6-3, 6-2 while Lisandro Picardo (Mar del Plata, Argentina) rolled past Carlos Garcia de Andoain, 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 2 position. Competing in the third position Predrag Burmazovic (Belgrade, Serbia) breezed by Brandon Lindsley, 6-0, 6-3 while Isaza defeated Billy Heird, 7-5, 6-2.
"We had a couple of tough matches this weekend but the guys were up to the challenge. I'm extremely proud of our captains Lisandro and Daniel. They pulled out some tough wins. They were either able to close it out quickly or come back from a deficit," said head coach Yaser Zaatini. "It was a good chance for us to play a little bit deeper on our roster and while there is always room for improvement I'm optimistic about the way we are playing right now."
The Bucs will take on in-state rival No. 24 Tennessee on Sunday, January 27 at 1 p.m.
For all ETSU men's tennis action visit www.ETSUBucs.com.
#49 ETSU 5, Temple 0
No. 1- Alex Ahlgren (ETSU) def. Ricardo Velazquez (Temple) 6-1, 6-0
No. 2- Daniel Isaza (ETSU) def. Eduardo Saavedra (Temple) 6-1, 6-0
No. 3- Matej Zlatkovic (ETSU) def. Pavlos Stephanides (Temple) 6-2, 7-5
No. 4- Sergio Velez (ETSU) def. Andrew Choi (Temple) 6-1, 6-2
#33 Serrano/Olivares (ETSU) def. Tobias/Caprio (Temple) 6-0, 6-1
#49 ETSU 5, Longwood 0
No. 1- #49 Enrique Olivares (ETSU) def. David Cardoso (Longwood) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2- Lisandro Picardo (ETSU) def. Carlos Garcia de Andoain (Longwood) 6-2, 6-3
No. 3- Predrag Burmazovic (ETSU) def. Brandon Lindsley (Longwood) 6-0, 6-3
No. 4- Daniel Isaza (ETSU) def. Billy Heird (Longwood) 7-5, 6-2
Posada/Ahlgren (ETSU) def. Barajas-Alexander/Barajas-Alexander (Longwood) 6-0, 6-1