KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 11, 2018) – The ETSU men’s tennis team had a very successful first day at the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Four Bucs will continue to move on in singles action, while three out of four pairs picked up wins in doubles play.
The pair of David Gonzalez (Barcelona, Spain) and Sergi Fontcuberta (Barcelona, Spain) defeated Kentucky’s duo of Agarwal and Chen, 8-1. Frazier Rengifo (Cali, Colombia) and Yusuf Khamis (Cairo, Egypt) gave the Bucs their second win of the day with an 8-6 win over Tennessee Tech’s Tossetto and Grubert. Lastly in doubles action, Juan Lugo (Maracay, Venezuela) and Miguel Este (Caracas, Venezuela) defeated M. Guzina and N. Guzina of Ball State, 8-7, (3). All three pairs will move on to play tomorrow beginning at 8:00 a.m.
In the singles main draw, Yusuf Khamis and Frazier Rengifo picked up wins for the Bucs. Khamis defeated B. Luetschwager 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1, while Rengifo won 7-6, 6-4 over C. Patzanovsky from Memphis. Taisei Miyamoto (Chiba, Japan) played in the singles main draw, but fell to J. Ortegon from Lipscomb 0-6, 6-3, 7-5. Juan Lugo also competed, but was defeated by Vanderbilt’s M. Freeman, 7-5, 6-1.
In the ITA Regional Championships draw, Gonzalez and Fontcuberta carried their momentum from doubles into their singles play. Fontcuberta defeated Chattanooga’s K. Hyatt 6-3, 7-5, while Gonzalez won 7-6, 6-4 against C. Pantzanovsky from Memphis. Freshman Adam O’Shannessy (New South Wales, Australia) battled in a tough match, but fell to Vanderbilt’s A. Sraberg 6-7 (1), 6-7 (3), 6-0. Miguel Este also put up a strong fight, but was defeated by V. Chaw from Lipscomb 3-6, 6-0, 6-4.
DOUBLES MAIN DRAW
Gonzalez/Fontcuberta def. Agarwal/Chen (Kentucky), 8-1
Rengifo/Khamis def. Tossetto/Grubert (TTU), 8-6
Lugo/Este def. M. Guzina/N. Guzina (Ball State), 8-7 (3)
Valy/Briggs (Belmont) def. O’Shannessy/Miyamoto, 8-5
Friday, 8:00 a.m.
Rengifo/Khamis vs. Bourgois/Yamada (Kentucky)
Gonzalez/Fontcuberta vs. Shabat/Drago (Butler)
Lugo/Este vs. Dickson/Mag (Butler)
SINGLES MAIN DRAW
Yusuf Khamis def. B. Luetschwager (IUPUI), 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1
Frazier Rengio def. C. Patzanovsky (Memphis), 7-6, 6-4
Friday, 9:30 a.m.
Yusuf Khamis vs. B. Rowe (Vanderbilt)
Frazier Rengifo vs. H. Niehaus (NKU)
2018 ITA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sergi Fontcuberta def. K. Hyatt (Chattanooga), 6-3, 7-5
David Gonzalez, E. Budiono (IUPUI), 7-5, 6-1
Friday, 10:30 a.m.
Sergi Fontcuberta vs. A. Mag (Butler)
Friday, 11:00 a.m.
David Gonzalez vs. W. Albin (TTU)
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