Bucs look to bounce back at No. 9 Georgia
Freshman Jesus Bandres
Freshman Jesus Bandres

Friday, February 26, 2010

ATHENS, Ga. (Feb. 26, 2010) - After sluggish performance at No.16 Wake Forest last Saturday the ETSU men's tennis team looks to bounce back this weekend, as head coach Yaser Zaatini's club returns to action at No. 9 Georgia. The Bucs and Bulldogs will swing into action at 2 p.m., Saturday inside the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Ga.

 

After winning back-to-back contests to open the month, 62nd-ranked ETSU (2-5) has dropped its last three matches - all against ranked opponents.

 

Individually, the Bucs will look for strong play out of its No. 2 doubles team of freshman Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) and sophomore Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium), in addition to the singles play of sophomore Robin Akser (Ornskoldsvik, Sweden).

 

Bandres and Gille, who is ranked 52nd nationally, enter the match with a 4-3 record, while Akser is tied with junior teammate Grega Teraz (Mojstrana, Sloviena) for a team-best four wins in singles play.

 

Georgia (5-2) opens its first outdoor match after the Bulldogs fell to No. 2 Virginia and No. 10 Florida two weekends ago.

 

The host Bulldogs - who will also be the 2010 host of the NCAA National Championships later this spring - should provided a tough challenge for ETSU at home. Georgia's last lost at the Dan Magill Tennis Center came 66 matches ago in 2005.

 

This season, Georgia is a perfect 4-0 in Athens with victories over Atlantic Sun Conference rival USC Upstate, No. 44 Northwestern, No. 22 North Carolina and No. 30 Georgia Tech.

 

Individually, UGA is led by 12th-ranked Javier Garrapiz and 104th-ranked Nate Schnugg. Garrapiz is 3-3 this spring, while Schnugg is 2-4.

 

Saturday's match will be the third straight season ETSU has competed against Georgia. A year ago, ETSU near upset the third-ranked Bulldogs. The Bucs - who were ranked 37th at the time - grabbed an early 2-0 lead before UGA rallied for the eventual 5-2 win.    

 

Attached above is a link to live scoring courtesy of the University Georgia Athletic Department.

For more information on the ETSU men's tennis team please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.

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MTEN ETSU 0 Athens, Ga.
Mar 19 Georgia 9
WBB ETSU 58 Final
Mar 19 NC State 73
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WTEN ETSU 7 Spartanburg, S.C.
Mar 20 Wofford 0
BB ETSU 0 Macon, Ga.
Mar 20 Mercer 2
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Mar 21 Results
WTRACK Charlotte 49er Classic Charlotte, N.C.
Mar 21 Results
MTEN ETSU 6 Greensboro, N.C.
Mar 21 UNC Greensboro 1
BB ETSU 5 Macon, Ga.
Mar 21 Mercer 11
SB ETSU 12 12
Mar 21 Western Carolina 10
WTEN ETSU 6 Cullowhee, N.C.
Mar 21 Western Carolina 1
SB ETSU 5 Cullowhee, N.C.
Mar 21 Western Carolina 7
BB ETSU 10 Macon, Ga.
Mar 21 Mercer 11
MTEN ETSU 4 Spartanburg, S.C.
Mar 22 Wofford 1
SB ETSU 0 6
Mar 22 Western Carolina 8
WGOLF Briar's Creek Invitational John's Island, S.C.
Mar 23 15th of 17
SB ETSU 0 5
Mar 24 Tennessee 10