BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Feb. 22, 2020) – For the first time this season, the ETSU Men’s Tennis team won back-to-back matches. The Bucs accomplished the feat after besting Samford in the 2020 Southern Conference opener by the final score of 6-1 in Birmingham, Ala. With the win, ETSU improves to 3-6 overall and 1-0 in league play, while winning its eighth consecutive SoCon regular season match.
The match began with a tight doubles competition as the two squads traded victories from the No. 1 and No. 3 position. Miguel Este (Caracas, Venezuela) and Dimitri Badra (Maracay, Venezuela) earned the 6-1 win from the No. 3 doubles position to get things started. After a narrow 7-5 loss in the top spot, the Bucs secured the highly-important doubles point following a 6-4 win by Juan Lugo (Maracay, Venezuela) and Dylan Bednarczyk (Ontario, Canada).
Following the doubles win, Frazier Rengifo (Cali, Colombia) got back on track with a dominating 6-1, 6-1 win in the No. 2 slot over Eladio Fabregas to push the ETSU lead to 2-0. That lead was yet again extended after Thiago Pernas (Buenos Aires, Argentina) bested Luke Andonov from the No. 5 position in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
The match was officially clinched in the very next singles match as Lugo delivered a strong 6-1, 6-4 win from the No. 3 position over M.A. Bellalouna.
With the match in hand, the Bucs won two of the final three singles points with Badra picking up a 6-3, 6-3 win over Max Rebol and Este doing what he always does with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Tomas Santantonio.
The Bucs will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 29 against Charlotte at 1 p.m. The following day, ETSU will host UNCG in its second SoCon tilt at the Dave Mullins Tennis Complex. Sunday’s match against the Spartans is also set for 1 p.m.
Match Notes: ETSU 3-6, 1-0, Samford 4-5, 0-1
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,5,3,4,1,6)
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