No. 45 ETSU looks to get back on track at No. 48 Minnesota
Olivares
Olivares

Friday, February 27, 2009

The Bucs will take on Minnesota Saturday, before facing Western Michigan Sunday

 

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 27, 2009) - Needing to capture some momentum before it heads into conference play next week the No. 45-ranked ETSU men's tennis team will take its first step to regaining its form as they travel to face No. 48 Minnesota, with a 10:00 a.m., contest Saturday morning at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

 

The Bucs (1-4) come into the contest after falling to in-state rival Middle Tennessee 4-1, last Thursday in Bristol. ETSU has faced a brutal schedule this spring as the Gophers mark the eighth ITA ranked team the Bucs have faced, including road matches at No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 Georgia and eighth-ranked Tennessee. However, ETSU's looks to stay unbeaten against teams from the Big Ten Conference as the Bucs dropped No. 39 Wisconsin 4-3 early this season.

 

Individually, senior Enrique Olivares (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) looks to build off his best performance of the spring season. The 15th-ranked captain picked up ETSU's lone singles win against the Blue Raiders, dropping Victor Melo in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. Since starting the season ranked as high as No. 9 the preseason Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year has faced six nationally ranked players.

 

Minnesota (8-1) comes into the match winning its last six contests. The red-hot Gophers look to wrap up a perfect seven-match homestand, after Minnesota picked up wins against four nationally ranked opponents. The Gophers have combined to post a 45-9 singles record as a team and is looking for its longest winning streak since the 2003 season. Individually, Sebastain Gallego leads the way for Minnesota after staring the season 16-5.

 

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