Bucs notch second consecutive win with 7-0 rout of Tennessee Tech
BRISTOL, Tenn. (Feb. 27, 2015) - After beginning the season with eight road or neutral-site matches, the ETSU men's tennis team played its first home match of the season Friday, defeating Tennessee Tech by a convincing 7-0 margin in non-conference play at the Bristol Racquet & Fitness Club in Bristol, Tenn.
The Buccaneers (3-6) earned the doubles point by winning at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, and were leading at No. 1 Doubles before the point was clinched.
All six ETSU players picked up straight-set singles wins.
"It was a good, dominant performance," ETSU assistant coach Ricky Rojas said. "I think we were needing an all-around win where everyone got on the board."
Conner Huertas (Lima, Peru) and Sebastian Yllera (Cinco Saltos, Argentina) started the day with a 6-1 win at No. 3 Doubles. Shortly after, Robert Herrera (Barcelona, Spain) and Ismael Merino (Lima, Peru) clinched a 6-1 win at No. 2.
In singles play, Huertas and Yllera were again the first Bucs to finish play, with Huertas defeating Tennessee Tech's Carlos Tejas, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 4 Singles, and Yllera besting Alvaro Cintas, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 3.
Co-captain Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) earned the match-clinching point at No. 2 Singles, defeating Eduardo Mena, 6-1, 6-3, to give the Bucs a 4-0 advantage.
David Biosca (Sant Fruitos de Bage, Spain), Herrera, and Merino also picked up singles wins for ETSU.
Biosca knocked off Alberto Esteban, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 1 Singles, and Herrera defeated Artem Tarasov, 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 6 spot. Meanwhile, Merino took down Jorge Alfonzo, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 5 Singles.
ETSU will look to extend its two-match win streak when the Bucs host Winthrop Friday, March 6 at 10:00 a.m.
"We are slowly but surely building confidence," Rojas said. "Hopefully a win like this will help us down the road this season."
1. Biosca (ETSU) def. Esteban (TTU), 6-4, 6-4
2. Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Mena (TTU), 6-1, 6-3
3. Yllera (ETSU) def. Cintas (TTU), 6-3, 6-2
4. Huertas (ETSU) def. Tejas (TTU), 6-2, 6-1
5. Merino (ETSU) def. Alfonzo (TTU), 6-2, 6-4
6. Herrera (ETSU) def. Tarasov (TTU), 6-0, 6-3
1. Biosca/Ribeiro (ETSU) vs. Arovin/Esteban (TTU), 4-3, DNF
2. Herrera/Merino (ETSU) def. Mena/Cintas (TTU), 6-1
3. Huertas/Yllera (ETSU) def. Alfonzo/Tarasov (TTU), 6-1
Order of finish:
Singles: 4, 3, 2, 1, 6, 5
Doubles: 3, 2
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