Men's tennis falls to No. 3 Tennessee, 7-0

Saturday, January 22, 2011



KNOXVILLE, Tenn.
(Jan. 21, 2011) - After getting off to a strong start in doubles, No. 3 Tennessee remained in control through singles play as the Vols opened the season with a 7-0 victory over No. 51 ETSU, Friday afternoon at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
The Vols got off to a quick start to the afternoon by taking all three doubles matches. The day opened with John-Patrick Smith and Boris Conkic defeating Grega Teraz (Mojstrana, Slovenia) and Charles Bottoni (Bois Guillaume, France), 8-2, in the number one position. In the number two spot, Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren knocked off Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) and Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela), 8-5.
Matteo Fago and Edward Jones closed out doubles play with an 8-5 win over Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) and Robin Akser (Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) in the number three position.
Williams, the No. 1 player in the country defeated Gille, 6-1, 6-1, at the number one singles position to open singles play. Sandgren then defeated Teraz in the number three position, 6-2, 6-3.  The Vols clinched the victory after No. 21 John-Patrick Smith knocked off No. 73 Bandres, 6-3, 6-2, in number two singles.
With Tennessee already up 4-0, Conkic was able to get past Ramirez, 7-5, 6-2, at the number five position. The Vols also got a victory in the number four position as Fago defeated Bottoni, 6-3, 6-2. ETSU freshman Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela) fought hard in his first collegiate dual match but eventually fell 7-5, 6-4, to Edward Jones in the number six position.
With the victory, Tennessee moves to 1-0 on the season. The Vols also improve to 25-0 against the Bucs since 1963. Meanwhile, ETSU opens the season at 0-1.
The Bucs will remain on the road and take on No. 13 Louisville on Sunday morning, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
For more information on ETSU men's tennis please go to ETSUBucs.com and click on the men's tennis link. Also, be sure to follow ETSU Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.
Follow ETSU Athletics on Twitter Twitter and become a fan on Facebook Facebook.
WBB High Point University 76 Final
Nov 17 ETSU 84
MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville 87 F
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. ETSU 98
MBB ETSU 69 F
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Winthrop 64
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Indiana State University 76
WBB ETSU Bloomington, Ind.
Nov 26, 2:00 p.m. Indiana University
WBB ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Nov 29, 5:00 p.m. Virginia Tech University
MBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. Morehead State
WBB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Dec 3, 5:00 p.m. George Mason University
MBB Western Carolina Freedom Hall
Dec 3, 8:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Huntsville, Ala.
Dec 6, 6:00 p.m. Alabama A&M University
MBB UNC Greensboro Freedom Hall
Dec 13, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB Eastern Kentucky University Johnson City, Tenn.
Dec 13, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 15, 12:00 p.m. Morehead State University
MBB ETSU Richmond, Ky.
Dec 16, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky