JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 5, 2019) – The ETSU Buccaneers Men’s Tennis team will host its final non-conference match of the 2019 season against UNC Wilmington on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Dave Mullins Tennis Complex. The Bucs will be in search of their 10th non-conference win of the season, entering the match with a 9-4 record away from league play.
Battling the Bucs
ETSU is coming off a dominating month in which the Bucs finished 8-1 during the span, capping the month with a five-match winning streak. The Bucs finished 5-1 in non-conference action during the month of March and were led by the Southern Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Month, Frazier Rengifo (Cali, Colombia). Rengifo finished with a perfect 8-0 record in singles play during March and is 16-1 on the campaign, including 11-1 in the top singles spot. Five of ETSU’s six singles players have eclipsed double-digit wins as the team is 75-24 in singles action, proving to be a tough competitor for opponents.
The Bucs are 29-17 in doubles play, led by Sergi Fontcuberta (Barcelona, Spain) and David Gonzalez (Barcelona, Spain) with a 10-2 record, all 10 wins coming from the No. 3 doubles position. Rengifo and Yusuf Khamis (Cairo, Egypt) are right on the Spanish duo’s trail with nine wins on the season.
Silencing the Seahawks
UNC Wilmington enters the weekend matchup with a 9-8 record on the season, having won three consecutive matches heading into Johnson City. The Seahawks have won three consecutive contests, including a recent defeat over James Madison (5-2) on March 31. UNCW is 1-3 in true road matches and 2-7 in matches played away from Wilmington, N.C. Bruno Caula and Austin Hussey lead the team with identical 11-3 records on the season in singles play, with Hussey picking up five wins in the top slot and Caula notching six in the fifth spot. UNCW has struggled lately in doubles play, holding an 18-22 record. Michael Copeland and Cole Groetsch lead the squad with five wins and have played nine matches together. No other duo has played more than five matches together in doubles action.
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