Bucs and Bulldogs Set for Marquee Match
Bucs and Bulldogs Set for Marquee Match
Friday, April 16, 2021

Southern Conference regular season crown to be decided on Sunday

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 16, 2021) – The ETSU Men’s Tennis squad has played its fair share of big matches. Sunday’s contest against Samford will be added to that list as the regular season Southern Conference title will be on the lines at the Dave Mullins Tennis Complex in Johnson City, Tenn. Sunday’s battle between the SoCon giants will begin at 1 p.m. and will be featured on ESPN+. Fans can access the live stream by clicking here.

About the Bucs
The Bucs (10-7, 6-0) dropped their final non-conference showdown of the season, falling to Old Dominion on Wednesday afternoon. ETSU enters the match having won 15 consecutive SoCon contests and are looking for a second consecutive regular season SoCon crown.

The Bucs feature two players in the double-digit win category for singles play. Dimitri Badra (Maracay, Venezuela) holds the top spot with a 12-4 mark on the year and is currently ranked No. 56 in the latest ITA Top 125 Rankings. The redshirt-sophomore has claimed four consecutive singles victories heading into the final regular-season match. Frazier Rengifo (Cali, Colombia) is second on the squad with a 10-6 overall mark.

Scouting Samford
Samford enters the weekend with a 12-6 record, having won six consecutive matches and 12 of the last 14. The Bulldogs are 5-0 in league play and will square off with Mercer on Saturday before heading to Johnson City.

Rossouw Norval is the premier player at the top of the lineup with a 10-5 record in the No. 1 singles slot. Tomas Santantonio leads the team with a 14-2 record, including a perfect 12-0 combined record in the No. 5 and No. 6 positions. Eladio Fabregas (13-5), Jim Hendrikx (12-4) and M.A. Bellalouna (10-4) round out the double-digit singles winners. The Bulldogs are 69-34 this year in singles play and 34-12 in doubles action.

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