Men’s tennis breezes by Kennesaw State, 7-0

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Bucs remain perfect in A-Sun, extend winning streak to 11

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 7, 2012) – The ETSU men’s tennis team continued its Atlantic Sun perfection with a, 7-0, sweep of Kennesaw State on Saturday at the Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center.

With the win, ETSU (11-8, 8-0 A-Sun) extended its winning streak to 11 and earned its fifth shutout in six matches after surrendering its first point in over two weeks against Mercer on Friday. Kennesaw State (10-11, 1-6 A-Sun) dropped its third-consecutive match including its second on this trip having lost, 5-2, to USC Upstate yesterday.

In doubles, ETSU picked up right where it left off on Friday with its second sweep of the weekend.

Senior duo Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) and Robin Akser (Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) got the Bucs off on the right foot with an, 8-1, victory at No. 1 over Simon Janik and Gokalp Ozdemir. Senior Jeremy Bonnevalle (Keerbergen, Belgium) and sophomore Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela) followed suit, clinching the doubles point at No. 2 against Michael Browder and Louis Theodor with another, 8-1, score line. Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) and Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) concluded doubles play, defeating Alex Toliver and Matthew Johnson, 8-4.

Singles play was more of the same, with ETSU taking every match in straight sets on its way to its seventh shutout of the season.

Gille and Bonnevalle were the first to complete their matches, winning in convincing fashion and extending their team-leading winning streaks to 11. Gille gave ETSU a quick two-point advantage with a dominating, 6-0, 6-1, win at No. 2 against Theodor, while Bonnevalle put away Gianni Kubin, 6-1, 6-2.

Sophomore Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain) then pulled through to clinch the Bucs’ seventh home victory of the season, taking down Browder at No. 5, 6-1, 6-0.

With the match decided, Bandres recovered from his loss against Mercer to drop just one game against Toliver, 6-1, 6-0. Ribeiro and Varon finished off the day, with Ribeiro defeating Ozdemir, 6-2, 6-2, and Varon finishing off Pena in the No. 6 match, 7-5, 6-4.

ETSU will conclude the regular season next Saturday when it goes for a perfect 9-0 A-Sun record against USC Upstate at the Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center.

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