Men’s Tennis clinches SoCon regular season title Saturday
The Bucs won their fifth regular season championship in the last six seasons Saturday
Men’s Tennis clinches SoCon regular season title Saturday
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Bucs enter next weekend’s conference tournament on a 12-match winning streak

CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 16, 2016) – The 52nd-ranked ETSU men’s tennis team won its second consecutive Southern Conference regular season championship Saturday with a 7-0 win at The Citadel. It is the 16th regular season championship in the program’s history and its fifth in the last six seasons.

“I’m proud beyond words of these guys,” ETSU Head Coach Yaser Zaatini said. “The way they defend the ETSU colors and brand is quite impressive. Helping our school achieve a 14th straight year with a championship in either the regular season or conference tournament. They have definitely left their mark.”

The Bucs played one of their most complete matches of the season Saturday as they not only won all three doubles contests but also won all six singles matches. Sebastian Yllera (Cinco Saltos, Argentina) clinched the match for ETSU with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Roy Hobson. The 7-0 shutout over the Bulldogs is the fifth time this season the Bucs have blanked an opponent.

ETSU and The Citadel will match up again Friday when the conference tournament begins at the Champion’s Club in Chattanooga. The Bucs, who are looking for their tenth consecutive conference tournament championship, will open the day’s play at 8:30 a.m. against the Bulldogs.

“We have the tournament next week and I am sure our guys will give it their all,” said Zaatini.  

Singles competition

1. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Nicholas Bradley (CIT) 6-2, 6-2

2. Diego Nunez (ETSU) def. Artemie Amari (CIT) 6-2, 6-2

3. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) def. Roy Hobson (CIT) 6-1, 6-0

4. Ismael Merino (ETSU) def. Trey Davis (CIT) 6-0, 6-1

5. Wenceslao Albin (ETSU) def. Ryan Templet (CIT) 6-0, 6-0

6. David Gonzalez (ETSU) def. Joe Bove (CIT) 6-0, 6-0


Doubles competition

1. Diego Nunez/Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Artemie Amari/Nicholas Bradley (CIT) 6-3

2. Ismael Merino/Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) def. Ryan Templet/Trey Davis (CIT) 6-0

3. Rogerio Ribeiro/Ricardo Pabon (ETSU) def. Connor Grady/Joe Bove (CIT) 6-0


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