Men’s tennis clinches 18th all-time regular season title
Men’s tennis clinches 18th all-time regular season title
Sunday, April 8, 2018

ETSU claims the top seed in the 2018 SoCon tournament 

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 8, 2018) –  For the 18th time in program history, the ETSU men’s tennis team claimed the regular season title on Sunday, April 8 with a 4-0 win over Chattanooga at the Dave Mullins Tennis Complex.

The regular season title for ETSU in its seventh in the last eight seasons. The title also marks the 16th straight year ETSU has won the regular season or conference tournament. With the win, ETSU claims the No. 1 overall seed in the Southern Conference Tournament.

“It’s a great reward for this group of guys who work hard every day,” said head coach Martin Stiegwardt. “This is just a small goal for us and the team knows what’s ahead. We’ve had a good schedule that has prepared us to finish in a good way and the guys are getting better each week. I’m excited for the last two regular season matches and the conference tournament. There still is a lot of work to be done and we are preparing for the last part of the season. Go Bucs!”

David Gonzalez (Barcelona, Spain) and Sergi Fontcuberta (Barcelona, Spain) started things off for the Bucs in doubles play with a 6-3 win over Luke Plaisted and Pablo Llebeili. The duo has now won their last three matches together when being paired. Juan Lugo (Maracay, Venezuela) and Tasei Miyamoto (Chiba, Japan) clinched the doubles point for the Bucs with a 6-2 win at the No. 1 spot.

 Miguel Este (Caracas, Venezuela) gave ETSU their first singles victory of the day after defeating Cooper Long 6-0, 6-1. Fontcuberta would go undefeated on the day after winning his eighth straight match with a 6-0, 6-2 win at the No. 3 spot. ETSU’s senior Robert Herrera (Barcelona, Spain), would clinch the match for the Bucs with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Niklas Gerdes to earn his fourth straight SoCon regular season title. The win also extends the Bucs’ winning streak to four.

ETSU moves to 12-6 overall this year and 6-0 in SoCon play. Chattanooga drops to 8-13 and 1-4 in the SoCon.

The Bucs will play in their final home match of the season this Wednesday, April 11. The ETSU men’s tennis team will also honor their lone senior, Robert Herrera. The match is set for 2:00 p.m.

Singles competition

  1. Robert Herrera (ETSUM) def. Niklas Gerdes (UTC) 6-0, 6-1
  2. Simon Bustamante (UTC) vs. Juan Lugo (ETSUM) no result
  3. Sergi Fontcuberta (ETSUM) def. Pablo Llebeili (UTC) 6-0, 6-2
  4. Luke Plaisted (UTC) vs. David Gonzalez (ETSUM) no result
  5. Jacob Marshall (UTC) vs. Tasei Miyamoto (ETSUM) no result
  6. Miguel Este (ETSUM) def. Cooper Long (UTC) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition

  1. Juan Lugo/Tasei Miyamoto (ETSUM) def. Niklas Gerdes/Michael Birnbaum (UTC) 6-2
  2. Simon Bustamante/Jacob Marshall (UTC) vs. Robert Herrera/Miguel Este (ETSUM) no result
  3. David Gonzalez/Sergi Fontcuberta (ETSUM) def. Luke Plaisted/Pablo Llebeili (UTC) 6-3

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,1)

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