Men's tennis begins quest for record fifth straight A-Sun Tournament title

Friday, April 15, 2011



DeLAND, Fla.
(April 14, 2011) - After sharing the regular season title with UNF, the ETSU men's tennis returns to the courts on Friday in pursuit of their record fifth straight Atlantic Sun Tournament title as they take on Campbell in the semifinals at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center. The match will begin at 4:30 p.m.
Leading No. 2-seeded ETSU (15-6, 9-1 A-Sun) this year are all-conference selections Grega Teraz (Mojstrana, Slovenia), Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium), Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) and Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain). In addition, Charles Bottoni (Bois Guillaume, France) and Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) have been solid all season for the Bucs.
Bandres leads the Bucs with a 21-12 overall singles record. He recorded a 12-7 mark in dual play and an 8-1 record in A-Sun play. Ramirez tied Bandres with 12 wins in dual match play to lead the team. Bottoni may be the hottest player for the Bucs at the moment as he has won his last eight singles matches.
Bandres and Gille lead the way in doubles as the duo leads the team with a 15-5 dual record, including an 8-1 mark in A-Sun play. Bandres and Gille have won 11 straight matches heading into the weekend.
Campbell (17-4), the No. 3 seed in the tournament, defeated No. 6 seed Lipscomb, 4-0, in the quarterfinals on Thursday night.
The Camels are led by the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, Davy Sum, who remains undefeated during singles play this season. In addition, freshman Fernando Guillen was the league's Freshman of the Year after finishing the regular season with a 15-5 singles mark.
ETSU won at Campbell, 5-2, during the regular season back on March 29. In that match, Campbell got off to a quick start by winning the doubles point, but the Bucs took five of the six singles matches to win the match.
The winner of Friday's semifinal match between the Bucs and Camels will advance to the championship match, which takes place on Saturday 1 p.m. The Bucs have won the tournament title in four of their five seasons in the Atlantic Sun.
Just a year ago, the Bucs defeated Stetson in the finals of the A-Sun Tournament to win their fourth straight title.  
Top-seeded UNF will take on No. 4-seeded Stetson in the other semifinal match tomorrow at 2 p.m.
Live viewing of courts 1, 2 and 3 can be seen throughout the championship on Hatter Vision.

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Aug 23 Virginia Tech (Exh.) 0
WSOC ETSU 5 F
Aug 24 Tennessee Tech 1
WSOC Appalachian St. 0 F (2OT)
Aug 28 ETSU 1
MCC Covered Bridge Open Boone, N.C.
Aug 29 3 of 11
WCC Covered Bridge Open Boone, N.C.
Aug 29 5 of 11
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Aug 29 Morgan State University 0
VB ETSU 1 Charlotte, N.C.
Aug 29 California State University, Sacramento 3
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Aug 29 William & Mary 2
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Aug 30 UNC Charlotte 3
WSOC Campbell 2 2OT
Aug 31 ETSU 3
MSOC ETSU 2 F
Aug 31 VCU 1
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