No. 39 Bucs advance after shocking No. 34 Wisconsin, 4-3
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Friday, January 30, 2009

 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Jan. 30, 2009) - After struggling a week ago against eighth-ranked Tennessee the ETSU men's tennis team rebounded in a big way dropping No. 34 Wisconsin, 4-3 Friday during qualifying play of the ITA National Indoor Championships at the Boyd Tennis Center in Charlottesville, Va.

 

"This was a pretty solid win for our team today," said head coach Yaser Zaatini. "We had the match clinched at 4-2 and overall I though our guys played steady throughout the entire match against a quality opponent in Wisconsin."

 

After ETSU lost in its first doubles contest the Bucs responded as freshman Charles Bottoni (Bois Guillaume, France) and sophomore Grega Teraz (Mojstrana, Slovenia) teamed up to defeat the Badgers pair of Rassow-Kantor and Muskievicz, 8-3. Then with the doubles point on the line freshman Robin Akser (Ormskoldsvik, Sweden) and junior Daniel Isaza (Medellin, Columbia) blew past Wisconsin's Dierberger and Pohlmann, 8-5, giving the Bucs the early 1-0 lead.

 

"Getting the doubles point was very critical," said Zaatini. "I thought our teams played strong, especially with Robin and Danny (Daniel Isaza) coming through in the clutch. I thought after we won that point the match really swung into our favor."

 

As singles play opened ninth-ranked senior Enrique Olivares (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) got his season back on track dropping No. 36-ranked Marek Michalicha in straight sets 7-6 (10-8), After Bottoni lost his singles contest to No. 117-ranked Moritz Baumann, freshman Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) and Daniel Isaza stepped-up in a big way leading the Bucs to a 4-2 lead with only one match to play. Sophomore Grega Teraz closed the scoring out losing in a heartbreaking fashion, 3-6, 6-7 (7-5), 8-10 however the damage was already done giving the Bucs the 4-3 victory.

 

"It was good to see Enrique play like his old self today," said Zaatini. "I also thought Sander played one of his most solid matches of the season and then we had Danny step-up and close out the match with a big win. Overall, I loved how each of our players really played with a sense of toughness, keeping shots in and staying aggressive both offensively and defensively at the right times."

 

With the win ETSU improves to 1-1 on the season and will now face host and fifth-ranked Virginia who defeated No. 45 Arkansas, 7-0 Friday night.

 

Doubles:

No. 1: Marek Michalicka/Moritz Baumann (UW) def. Enrique Oliveras/Alex Ahlgren (ETSU) 8-5

No. 2: Charles Bottoni/Grega Teraz (ETSU) def. Luke Rassow-Kantor/Michael Muskievicz (UW) 8-3

No. 3: Robin Akser/Daniel Isaza (ETSU) def. Michael Dierberger/Patrick Pohlmann (UW) 8-5

 

Singles:

No. 1: No. 9 Enrique Oliveras (ETSU) def. No. 36 Marek Michalicka (UW) 7-6 (8), 6-2

No. 2: No. 117 Moritz Baumann (UW) def. Charles Bottoni (ETSU) 7-5, 6-3

No. 3: Luke Rassow-Kantor (UW) def. Grega Teraz (ETSU) 6-3, 7-6 (5), 10-8

No. 4: Patrick Pohlmann (UW) def. Alex Ahlgren (ETSU) 6-4, 6-1

No. 5: Sander Gille (ETSU) def. Michael Dierberger (UW) 6-1, 6-4

No. 6: Daniel Isaza (ETSU) def. Peter Marrack (UW) 6-4, 6-3

 

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