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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (March 14, 2023) – Make it six straight wins for the Buccaneers.
The ETSU men’s tennis team remained perfect in Southern Conference play as the Bucs cruised to a 5-2 win over Wofford on Tuesday afternoon from the Reeves Tennis Center in Spartanburg, S.C.
Following their sixth straight victory – which started with a 5-2 win over Troy by on Feb. 24 – the Bucs improved to 6-8 on the season and moved to 3-0 in conference play. Wofford suffered its fifth straight setback en route to falling to 4-10 overall and 0-1 in SoCon action.
The Blue & Gold took all three doubles matches by the same scores of 6-4. The tandem of Thiago Pernas (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Juan Lombisano (Buenos Aires, Argentina) were the first off the court as they took down Wofford’s Callum Rendle and Alex Horn in No. 2 doubles. From there, on Court 1, Dimitri Badra (Maracay, Venezuela) and Adam Nagoudi (Tunis, Tunisia) defeated Will Fullett and Ian Rasheed.
With the Bucs jumping out to the 1-0 lead, Wofford struck first in singles as Fullett beat Lombisano in straight sets (1-6, 4-6) to even up the match.
ETSU was not fazed by the Terrier win on Court 4, as the Bucs won the next three matches to secure the win.
On Court 3, Pedro Cressoni made quick work of Robbie Young with wins of 6-2, 6-2, while Francisco Lamas (Maracay, Venezuela) earned a straight set win on Court 6. Lamas defeated Max Graham, 6-3, 7-5.
In the feature match, on Court 1, Badra put things away when he ousted Ashe Ray with scores of 6-0, 7-5, giving ETSU the 4-1 lead. Badra has now won all six of his singles matches during this Buccaneer win streak.
Wofford earned its last point on Court 5 when Peter Kalocsai (Hungary) fell to Horn in three sets. Kalocsai captured the first set, 6-4, before Horn evened things up with a 7-6 win in the second. From there, they played to a tiebreaker in third where Horn won, 10-4.
The final finish came on Court 2 when Pernas defeated Rendle. Pernas won the first set, 7-5, before dropping the second 6-3. The Buccaneer junior then captured the third set in a back-and-forth tiebreaker, 11-9.
Dimitri Badra (ETSU) def. Ashe Ray (Wofford), 6-0, 7-5; Order of finish: 4
Thiago Pernas (ETSU) def. Callum Rendle (Wofford), 7-5, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9); Order of finish: 6
Pedro Cressoni (ETSU) def. Robbie Young (Wofford), 6-2, 6-2; Order of finish: 2
Will Fullett (Wofford) def. Juan Lombisano (ETSU), 1-6, 4-6; Order of finish: 1
Alex Horn (Wofford) def. Peter Kalocsai (ETSU), 6-4, 6-7, 0-1 (4-10); Order of finish: 5
Francisco Lamas (ETSU) def. Max Graham (Wofford), 6-3, 7-5; Order of finish: 3
Dimitri Badra/Adam Nagoudi (ETSU) def. Will Fullett/Ian Rasheed (Wofford), 6-4; Order of finish: 2
Thiago Pernas/Juan Lombisano (ETSU) def. Callum Rendle/Alex Horn (Wofford), 6-4; Order of finish: 1
Francisco Lamas/Pedro Cressoni (ETSU) def. Ashe Ray/Robie Young (Wofford), 6-4; Order of finish: 3
ETSU – 6-8, 3-0
Wofford – 4-10, 0-1
ETSU wraps up its three-match road swing Thursday when the Bucs take on Mercer at 1 p.m. in Macon, Ga.
For more information on Buccaneer men’s tennis, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s tennis tab.