Men’s tennis wins sixth straight, sweeps FGCU, 7-0
Ramirez (above) improved his 2011-12 singles record to 14-12 and is one of four Buccaneers to hold a 4-0 record in A-Sun play.
Ramirez (above) improved his 2011-12 singles record to 14-12 and is one of four Buccaneers to hold a 4-0 record in A-Sun play.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bucs keep perfect A-Sun record alive

BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 24, 2012) – The ETSU men’s tennis team won its sixth-consecutive match by sweeping the FGCU Eagles, 7-0, on Saturday at the Bristol Racquet Club.

ETSU (6-8, 4-0 A-Sun) kept its flawless Atlantic Sun record intact by picking up where it left off in Friday’s 5-0 win against No. 71 Stetson, which was shortened due to rain. Saturday’s match against FGCU (5-6, 2-2 A-Sun) was moved to the Bristol Racquet Club to prevent any chance of another rain-shortened match after precipitation fell through the early morning hours near Johnson City.

“We had some good energy today,” Director of ETSU Tennis Yaser Zaatini said. “We made some changes in doubles but started off strong which helped us out, and we carried the momentum into singles where we took care of business.

“Obviously, a Florida school isn’t used to taking the battle under the roof, but I think our guys played very solid and took advantage of opportunities by making the shots we had to make in order to close.”

The Buccaneers’ revamped doubles lineup started with senior Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) and sophomore Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain) teaming together for the first time this season and earning their first duo win by defeating Matthew Rock and Lance Lvovsky 8-4 at No. 1. Zaatini also put Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) and Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela) back together in the No. 3 match, where the duo improved to 5-3 this spring with an 8-6 win over Tianyu Bao and Michael Beiler. ETSU’s only unchanged doubles team from Friday’s Stetson win was at No. 2 as Jeremy Bonnevalle (Keerbergen, Belgium) and Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) defeated Dean Tsamas and Jackson Moore 8-2.

With the early 1-0 lead, ETSU carried its momentum into singles action by winning all six matches and taking five in straight sets. Bandres, Gille and Ordeig each earned 6-2, 6-2 victories at the No. 1, 2 and 6 matches, respectively, with Bandres defeating Bao, Gille taking down Moore and Ordeig beating Beiler. The Bucs’ two other straight setters came from the No. 4 and No. 5 matches where Bonnevalle defeated Rock 6-2, 6-3 and Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) defeated Lvovsky 7-6 (10-8), 6-1. Ramirez was the only Buccaneer to be taken to three sets, but pulled out a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory against Tsamas.

Gille, Bonnevalle and Ramirez all picked up their team-leading 14th singles victories of the year.

Next weekend, ETSU will spend Friday and Saturday defending its unblemished A-Sun record against Lipscomb and Belmont.

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