ATHENS, Ga. (May 7, 2021) – The wait is over. The Bucs have officially departed from Johnson City and are headed to Athens, Ga. for the opening round of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship. The ETSU Men’s Tennis squad will kick off the festivities tomorrow at 1 p.m. as the Bucs take on 11th-ranked Georgia at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
About the Bucs
The Bucs are coming off their 10th Southern Conference title in program history and third consecutive 4-2 championship victory over the Furman Paladins. ETSU enters the NCAA Tournament with a 13-7 overall mark, having won three consecutive matches. ETSU’s Juan Lugo (Maracay, Venezuela) was named the SoCon Championship Most Outstanding Player after finishing 2-0 in singles play and 1-1 in doubles action. Lugo is 9-5 on the year in singles play.
The Bucs have been led by redshirt-freshman Dimitri Badra (Maracay, Venezuela) who has posted a 14-5 mark on the year in singles play and a 14-4 doubles record, including 12-1 when playing alongside teammate Miguel Este (Caracas, Venezuela). Badra was named the league’s Freshman/Player of the Year, becoming just the second player ever in SoCon history to garner both awards in the same season. Badra also earned a spot into the NCAA Singles Championship that will take place May 23-28 as the Venezuela native is currently ranked No. 69 in the latest ITA Top 125.
ETSU is looking for its first NCAA Tournament victory since besting Alabama by the final score of 4-2 on May 15, 2010 in Knoxville, Tenn. The Bucs are 0-11 all-time when facing Georgia.
Getting to Know Georgia
The Bulldogs are 14-6 on the season, having most recently dropped a 4-2 decision to South Carolina in the SEC quarterfinals on April 21. Georgia is 10-3 when playing matches at home this season. The six-time national champion will be making its 37th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 42nd overall.
The Bulldogs are 69-41 in singles play during dual matches this spring, led by Philip Henning who is 13-6 on the campaign and ranked No. 19 in the ITA Top 125. Henning is joined inside the Top 125 by teammates Trent Bryde (No. 15) and Tyler Zink (No. 27).
Georgia has also proven to be a strong doubles squad this spring, boasting a 31-17 record in dual competition. Henning and Erek Grevelius lead the charge with a 10-5 record, while Bryde and Zink are the highest ranked tandem on the team at No. 7.
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