Bucs tennis starts strong at Vanderbilt Invitational
Friday, September 14, 2007

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 14, 2007) - The ETSU men's tennis team opened its fall 2007 campaign in fine form as they picked up 11 wins in 15 matches at the Vanderbilt Invitational on Friday at the Currey Tennis Center.


The format for the Vanderbilt Invitational includes six divisions in singles and two divisions in doubles. Each division encompasses an "A" and "B" group, which each has four players in singles and four teams in doubles. The winner of each group is determined through round robin play.

At the conclusion of round robin play, players/teams from both group "A" and "B" will face the player/team with their identical seed in the other group.


Competing in the white division senior Oscar Posada returned to the court for the first time since the 2006 spring season. He fell to David Simon of Louisville, 2-6, 2-6 and to Matt Brewer of Tennessee, 2-6, 1-6.


"To see Oscar on the court again is just so incredible. As his coach I am cautiously optimistic about the things I see in him. I think at some point he will regain his form and my hopes are for him to finish his career out well," said head coach Yaser Zaatini.


Also competing in the white division Predrag Burmazovic (Belgrade, Serbia) fell to Robert Rotaru of Louisville before defeating Jeremy Tweedt of Tennessee, 7-5, 7-5.


In the gold division, Daniel Isaza (Medellin, Colombia) defeated James McArthur of Louisville, 6-1, 6-2. Also competing in the gold division newcomer Sergio Velez (Medellin, Colombia) fell to William Lang of Tennessee, 6-1, 5-7, 8-10, while fellow newcomer Alex Apell (Sweden) fell to Tim Barnoud of Louisville, 6-7, 1-6.


Competing in the gray division, Sebastian Serrano (Cartagena, Colombia) defeated Simon Childs of Louisville, 6-3, 6-3 before falling to Chris Racz of Tennessee, 3-6, 6-3, 10-5, while Enrique Olivares (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) defeated Austen Childs of Louisville, 5-7, 6-2, 10-5 and Davey Sandgren of Tennessee 6-1, 6-3.


In the black division, Alex Ahlgren (Tyreso, Sweden) defeated Ben Clos of Louisville, 6-1, 6-3, while Lisandro Picardo (Mar del Plata, Argentina) defeated Allejandro Callagari of Louisville, 6-7, 6-3, 10-7.


In doubles action, Isaza and Picardo fell to fell to David Simon and Robert Rotaru of Louisville, 9-8 in the gold division, while Burmazovic and Velez fell to Ben Clos and Pablo Comacho of Louisville, 8-6.


Competing in the powerful duo of Serrano and Olivares defeated Austen Childs and James McArthur of Louisville, 9-7 before defeating Chris Racz and Jeremy Tweedt of Tennessee, 9-8. Also competing in the gold division Posada and Ahlgren defeated Simon Childs and Allejandro Callagari, 9-7 before defeating Davey Sandgren and William Lang of Tennessee, 8-4.


"Today was a great beginning of the end of a great era in ETSU tennis. We have four seniors who have been part of a special time in ETSU tennis. The guys have shown a lot of commitment and it's been incredible to work with them. Lisandro (Picardo) showed a lot of heart and courage in his match today and Enrique (Olivares) never stops to amaze us with his wicked forearm. Again, to see Oscar on the court was really special and in doubles today he looked better than ever. We're starting to see the flashes of his greatness again," added Zaatini.


The Bucs will continue play in the Vanderbilt Invitational facing host school Vanderbilt in singles. The final match of the day will begin at 4:30 p.m. CST where the Bucs will face Louisville in singles. For all ETSU men's tennis action, visit www.ETSUBucs.com.


Singles Results

David Simon (UL) def. Oscar Posada (ETSU) 6-2, 6-2

Matt Brewer (UT) def. Oscar Posada (ETSU) 6-2, 6-1

Robert Rotaru (UL) def. Predrag Burmazovic (ETSU) 7-6, 7-5

Predrag Burmazovic (ETSU) def. Jeremy Tweedt (UT) 7-5, 7-5

Daniel Isaza (ETSU) def. James McArthur (UL) 6-1, 6-2

William Lang (UT) def. Sergio Velez (ETSU) 1-6, 7-5, (10-8)

Tim Barnoud (UL) def. Alex Apell (ETSU) 7-6, 6-1

Sebastian Serrano (ETSU) def. Simon Childs (UL) 6-3, 6-3

Chris Racz (UT) def. Sebastian Serrano (ETSU) 3-6, 6-3, (10-5)

Enrique Olivares (ETSU) def. Austen Childs (UL) 5-7, 6-2, (10-5)

Enrique Olivares (ETSU) def. Davey Sandgren (UT) 6-1, 6-3

Alex Ahlgren (ETSU) def. Ben Close (UL) 6-1, 6-3

Lisandro Picardo (ETSU) def. Allejandro Callagari (UL) 6-7, 6-3, (10-7)


Doubles Results

Simon/Rotaru (UL) def. Isaza/Picardo (ETSU) 9-8

Clos/Comacho (UL) def. Burmazovic/Velez (ETSU) 8-6

Serrano/Olivares (ETSU) def. A. Childs/McArthur (UL) 9-7

Serrano/Olivares (ETSU) def. Racz/Tweedt (UT) 9-8

Posada/Ahlgren (ETSU) def. S. Childs/Callagari (UL) 9-7

Posada/Ahlgren (ETSU) def. Sandgren/Lang (UT) 8-4