DURHAM, N.C. (Feb. 11, 2021) – The ETSU Men’s Tennis squad is heading to the Tar Heel State to square off with a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference foes this weekend. The Bucs will begin their road trip in Durham, N.C. to battle Duke on Friday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. ETSU will then turn around to take on No. 14 Wake Forest on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. in Winston-Salem, N.C.
About the Bucs
ETSU remains in search of its first win of the young season, having most recently dropped its closest match after a 4-3 defeat at William & Mary on Sunday, Feb. 7. With the loss to the Tribe, the Bucs dropped to 0-3 on the season.
The Bucs are 5-13 in singles play, while holding a 3-6 record in doubles action on the year. Dimitri Badra (Maracay, Venezuela) leads the team in singles wins with a 2-1 overall mark, all three matches being played in the No. 3 singles slot. Badra has also excelled in doubles play with a 2-1 record when playing alongside teammate Thiago Pernas (Buenos Aires, Argentina).
Battling the Blue Devils
Duke enters the match with a 2-4 record, having dropped its last two matches to similar foes as the Bucs. The Blue Devils were swept (4-0) by No. 10 Tennessee on Friday, Feb. 5 before suffering a 4-3 loss at the hands of No. 19 Kentucky on Sunday, Feb. 7. The Bucs and Blue Devils have squared off once before with Duke claiming the 9-0 victory on Feb. 24, 1985.
Andrew Zhang and Faris Khan have accounted for seven of Duke’s 16 singles wins this year, with Zhang leading the way with a 4-1 mark. Khan is a perfect 3-0 on the season, competing from the No. 6 singles spot. Duke is below .500 in doubles play as the tandem of Zhang and Edu Güell lead the way with a 3-3 record.
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What about Wake?
The Bucs were originally set to begin the season at Wake Forest but had to withdraw due to COVID-19 concerns within the Demon Deacons’ tennis program. Wake Forest enters the contest with a 3-2 record and is currently ranked No. 14 in the latest ITA rankings. The Demon Deacons most recently dropped a 5-2 decision to 7th-ranked Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Wake Forest goes into Saturday’s match with a strong 14-6 singles record, led by three wins from Robert Maciag. Five different players have at least two singles wins on the campaign.
ETSU is 2-25 all-time against Wake Forest with the two wins coming in back-to-back seasons in 1992 and 1993 as ETSU won both contests by the score of 3-2.
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