ETSU Releases Men's Tennis Schedule

Monday, August 05, 2002

Johnson City, Tenn. (August 5, 2002) - East Tennessee State University has released its men's tennis schedule for the upcoming 2002-03 season. The Buccaneers will begin play on Sept. 20, 2002 when they host the ETSU Fall Intercollegiate Championships. The tournament will kickoff an intense fall season, where the Bucs will also compete in numerous Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) tournaments in hopes of qualifying for the championship round at the ITA Omni Indoor Championships in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 7-10. "We always look forward to the fall season," head coach Dave Mullins said. "We play in some of the biggest tournaments in the country, and our players get to compete against a lot of nationally ranked players and teams. It gives a good indication early on of where we are, and what we need to do to improve." Following the Omni Indoor event, ETSU will be on a short break until it resumes the spring season in January. The Bucs, who finished last season ranked #67 by the ITA, will again compete against some of the top programs in the country such as Tennessee, who finished last season ranked #6 in the nation, Virginia Commonwealth (#19) and Wake Forest (#27). The team's regular season will conclude at home versus Chattanooga on April 11, 2003. Mullins will attempt to lead the Bucs to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance if ETSU can win back-to-back Southern Conference Tournament Championships on April 16-19, 2003. Mullins coached the Bucs to a 9-1 record in the SoCon last year (17-8 overall), including an upset victory over top-ranked Furman (#68) in the SoCon Tournament championship. ETSU has everyone from last year's roster returning with the exception of all-conference performer Roberto Fernandez (Cuernavaca, Mexico). "We are excited about the way we closed the season last year," Mullins said. "Our players are looking forward to getting back into tournament play."
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Dec 13 ETSU 79
WBB Eastern Kentucky University 49 Final
Dec 13 ETSU 64
WBB ETSU 86 Final
Dec 15 Morehead State University 77
MBB ETSU 63 F
Dec 16 Eastern Kentucky 60
WBB ETSU 48 Final
Dec 19 University of North Carolina Wilmington 61
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Dec 20 Jacksonville State University 57
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Dec 22, 7:00 p.m. VCU
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Dec 29, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MBB ETSU Knoxville, Tenn.
Dec 31, 1:00 p.m. Tennessee
WBB ETSU Chapel Hill, N.C.
Jan 2, 2:00 p.m. University of North Carolina
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Jan 2, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MBB ETSU Birmingham, Ala.
Jan 5, 8:00 p.m. Samford
MBB Mercer Freedom Hall
Jan 8, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Greenville, S.C.
Jan 10, 2:00 p.m. Furman University
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Jan 10, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Spartanburg, S.C.
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