Bucs blank Wofford, 4-0, to earn spot in SoCon title match
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Bucs blank Wofford, 4-0, to earn spot in SoCon title match
Saturday, April 23, 2016

ETSU takes on Furman with a spot in the NCAA Tournament on the line Sunday

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (April 23, 2016) – A day after shutting out The Citadel, 4-0, in the opening round of the Southern Conference Men’s Tennis Championship, the ETSU men’s tennis team blanked Wofford by the same score Saturday in the tournament’s semifinal round. The Bucs notch their 14th straight win with the victory and earn a spot in the championship match Sunday.

The Bucs began the match capturing the doubles point. Seniors Sebasitan Yllera (Cinco Saltos, Argentina) and Ismael Merino (Lima, Peru) got the Bucs started with a 6-2 win in the No. 3 spot. The duo of Diego Nunez (Monterrey, Mexico) and Robert Herrera (Barcelona, Spain) clinched the point for ETSU with 6-3 win over Haris Poric and Andrew Graham.

ETSU sealed its fifth consecutive shutout thanks to three singles wins by Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Herrera and Merino. All three wins were straight set victories out of the No. 2, 4 and 6 positions, respectively.

The Bucs will face off against No. 3 seed Furman in the SoCon title match at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon. ETSU will not only be looking for its ninth SoCon tournament title but also its tenth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Singles competition

1. #76 David Biosca (ETSU) vs. Haris Poric (WOF) 6-2, 5-3, unfinished

2. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Parks Thompson (WOF) 6-2, 6-2

3. Diego Nunez (ETSU) vs. David Sklar (WOF) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished

4. Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Kyle Barr (WOF) 6-1, 6-2

5. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) vs. Parks Schoen (WOF) 6-3, 2-6, 0-1, unfinished

6. Ismael Merino (ETSU) def. Andrew Graham (WOF) 6-2, 6-1


Doubles competition

1. #57 David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) vs. David Sklar/Parks Thompson (WOF) 5-2, unfinished

2. Diego Nunez/Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Haris Poric/Andrew Graham (WOF) 6-3

3. Sebastian Yllera/Ismael Merino (ETSU) def. Trevor Gotkowski/Kyle Barr (WOF) 6-2


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