Bucs Continue Winning Ways
Bucs Continue Winning Ways
Sunday, March 31, 2019

ETSU improves to 5-0 in SoCon play with 6-1 victory

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (March 31, 2019) – The ETSU Buccaneers Men’s Tennis team notched a fifth consecutive victory with Sunday’s 6-1 win over Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tenn. With the victory, ETSU improved to 14-4 overall and remain undefeated in Southern Conference action with a perfect 5-0 mark. The Bucs have now won 11 of their last 12 tennis matches following the win this afternoon.

Things got started in doubles play with Sergi Fontcuberta (Barcelona, Spain) and David Gonzalez (Barcelona, Spain) cruising to a 6-0 win in the No. 3 doubles slot. However, the Mocs claimed the final two doubles matches to snatch the doubles point away from the Bucs.

The Chattanooga lead was short lived as Miguel Este (Caracas, Venezuela) dominated 6-0, 6-2 in the fifth singles slot, cruising past Pablo Llebeili to even the match at one. From that point on, it was all ETSU as Yusuf Khamis (Cairo, Egypt) bested Simon Bustamante 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 4 singles spot to put the Bucs on top. Gonzalez then doubled the ETSU lead to two with a straight-set triumph in the No. 6 singles position with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Jacob Marshall. The match was clinched from the third singles position as Juan Lugo (Maracay, Venezuela) defeated Kerim Hyatt for his 10th win of the season, picking up a 6-4, 6-1 win to stretch the ETSU lead to 4-1.

With the match in hand, the Bucs finished it off with a cherry on top, picking up a pair of three-set victories in the top two singles slots. Frazier Rengifo (Cali, Colombia) claimed a 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(11-9) victory in the top slot followed by Fontcuberta’s 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 triumph in the two spot.

ETSU will return to Johnson City, Tenn. for an 11 a.m. match against UNC Wilmington on Saturday, April 6 at the Dave Mullins Tennis Complex.

Singles competition

  1. Frazier Rengifo (ETSU) def. Niklas Gerdes (UTC), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(11-9)
  2. Sergi Fontcuberta (ETSU) def. Tomas Rodriguez (UTC), 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
  3. Juan Lugo (ETSU) def. Kerim Hyatt (UTC), 6-4, 6-1
  4. Yusuf Khamis (ETSU) def. Simon Bustamante (UTC), 6-1, 6-4
  5. Miguel Este (ETSU) def. Pablo Llebeili (UTC), 6-0, 6-2
  6. David Gonzalez (ETSU) def. Jacob Marshall (UTC), 6-2, 6-0

Doubles competition

  1. Kerim Hyatt/Simon Bustamante (UTC) def. Frazier Rengifo/Yusuf Khamis (ETSU), 6-2
  2. Niklas Gerdes/Tomas Rodriguez (UTC) def. Miguel Este/Chris Mikrovas (ETSU), 7-6(4)
  3. Sergi Fontcuberta/David Gonzalez (ETSU) def. Pablo Llebeili/Jacob Marshall (UTC), 6-0

Match Notes: ETSU 14-4, 5-0; Chattanooga 11-10, 2-3

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,4,6,3,1,2)

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