ETSU tries to defend its title at 42nd annual Southern Intercollegiate Championships
After two ITA ranked wins to open the season, junior Charles Bottoni looks for big things this weekend.
After two ITA ranked wins to open the season, junior Charles Bottoni looks for big things this weekend.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

ATHENS, Ga. (Sept. 17, 2009) - After a successful opening tournament last weekend, the ETSU men's tennis team will try to defend former ETSU standout Enrique Olivares' 2008 singles title at the 42nd annual Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Ga.


The four-day event, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, features over 200 participants from 32 schools including notable ranked programs Duke, Florida, Georgia Tech, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and host Georgia. 


The Southern Intercollegiate Championships, which first began in 1968, is the oldest collegiate fall tournament in America.


Individually, the field of participants is again tough, with 18 ITA ranked singles players, including No. 2 John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee, No. 4 Nate Schnugg of Georgia and No. 5 Guillemo Gomez of Georgia Tech.


Over in the doubles bracket, things shouldn't be any easier as the top-two tandem teams in the nation (No.1 Tennessee John-Patrick Smith/Davy Sandgren and No. 2 UGA Jamie Hunt/Nate Schnugg) headline four ITA top-25 squads in the Southern Intercollegiate lineup.


Overall, Georiga players have won three out of the last four singles crowns, with the expection of Olivares' victory last fall. During his thrilling run, Olivares stood atop of 16 ranked players and 179 participants, dropping only one set on his way to the title.


This season the Bucs are coming off a strong showing at their first fall tournament the UVA Fall Classic last weekend. Leading the way for ETSU was junior Charles Bottoni (Bois Guilaume, France) and freshman Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela).


Bottoni picked up back-to-back ranked wins over No. 74 Steven Forman of Wake Forest and No. 78 Mihai Nichifor of Columbia, while Bandres opened his collegiate career with victories over No. 103 Ivan Salec of Radford and Nichifor. In addition to earning a third-place finish in his singles bracket, the ETSU newcomer rolled to the Bracket B doubles title with teammate Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belguim).


Play is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m., Friday with Division I, II and III singles action. Attached above is both this weekends draws and schedule.


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