Men’s tennis opens conference play with a 4-3 victory over Samford
Men’s tennis opens conference play with a 4-3 victory over Samford
Sunday, February 26, 2023

Bucs earn back-to-back wins in first home weekend

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Feb. 26, 2023) – On Sunday afternoon, the ETSU men’s tennis team opened its 2023 conference campaign with a 4-3 win over Samford at the Bristol Sportsplex in Bristol, Tenn. Winning every conference opener since rejoining the SoCon in 2015, the Bucs improve to 2-8 on the year.

In the first flight singles match, Dimitri Badra (Maracay, Venezuela) dominated his way to a 6-2 victory in set one and a 6-1 victory in set two over Samford’s Mohammed Ali Bellalouna. In the No. 2 singles matchup, Thiago Pernas (Buenos, Aires) battled his way to a hard-fought 7-6 set one victory and a back-and-forth 6-4 point-clinching, set two win.

Earning the Bucs’ final singles point was Pedro Cressoni (Sao Paulo, Brazil.), who knocked off Sandeep Mohandoss in straight sets with scores of 6-2, 6-4.


  1. Dimitri Badra (ETSU) def. M. Ali Bellalouna (SAMM) 6-2, 6-1
    2. Thiago Pernas (ETSU) def. Maxwell Giddens (SAMM) 7-6, 6-4
    3. Pedro Cressoni (ETSU) def. Sandeep Mohandoss (SAMM) 6-2, 6-4
    4. J.B. Pickard (SAMM) def. Juan Lobisano (ETSU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
    5. Darcy Nicholls (SAMM) def. Lucas Britez (ETSU) 6-2, 6-0
    6. Santiago Arredondo (SAMM) def. Francisco Lamas (ETSU) 7-6, 4-6, 11-9


  1. Maxwell Giddens/Sandeep Mohandoss (SAMM) def. Thiago Pernas/Kalocsai (ETSU) 7-6
  2. Dimitri Badra/Juan Lobisano (ETSU) def. Harrison Williams/M. Ali Bellalouna (SAMM) 7-5
  3. Francisco Lamas/Pedro Cressoni (ETSU) def. Darcy Nicholls/Will Gray (SAMM) 6-3


Records: ETSU 2-8, Samford 4-5.


The Bucs’ homestand continues as ETSU plays its third straight home match against Tennessee Tech on Thursday at 3 p.m.

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