Young Bucs go toe to toe with No. 19 Wake Forest
Sophomore Ricardo Pabon was one of three Bucs to find the win column Saturday versus No. 19 Wake Forest.
Sophomore Ricardo Pabon was one of three Bucs to find the win column Saturday versus No. 19 Wake Forest.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2014) - With a lineup consisting of five newcomers and just two returning players, the ETSU men's tennis team picked up three points in a road match-up Saturday against No. 19 Wake Forest, suffering a narrow 5-3 setback.

In the team's opening match of the season, ETSU's newcomers, including four true freshman, exceeded expectations, pushing the nationally-ranked Demon Deacons to the brink of defeat.

"Our guys battled extremely hard tonight," ETSU head coach Yaser Zaatini said. "Although we came up short, there is a lot to build on."

Freshman Conner Huertas Del Pino (Lima, Peru) picked up a win in his collegiate debut, beating Wake Forest's Jaya Billa, 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 7 singles spot. He was joined by sophomores Ricardo Pabon (Bogota, Columbia) and Sebastian Yllera (Cinco Saltos, Argentina) in the win column for the Bucs.

Pabon outlasted Aws Laaribi in come-from-behind fashion, winning 2-6, 6-5 (7-5), 6-4 to take the No. 6 singles spot. In his first match as a Buccaneer, Yllera also won in three sets, defeating Jon Ho, 3-6, 6-4, 6-5 (7-2).

"Our freshmen stepped up and played extremely well," Zaatini said. "We gave Wake Forest a good run for their money."

Also making their collegiate debuts for ETSU were freshmen David Biosca (Sant Fruitos De Bage, Spain), Diego Nunez (Monterrey, Mexico), and Ismael Merino (Lima, Peru). The team's lone senior, Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain) also saw action for the Bucs.

"The tough part after a rough match is that we have to wake up tomorrow and do it all over again," Zaatini said.

ETSU will continue non-conference play in Winston-Salem Sunday, Jan. 19 at 10:00 a.m. when it takes on Brown.

RESULTS

#19 Wake Forest 5, #66 ETSU 3
 Singles competition 
1. #20 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. David Biosca (ETSU) 6-4, 6-1
2. #59 Adam Lee (WF) def. Diego Nunez (ETSU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-5 (7-3)
3. Maksim Kan (WF) def. Roger Ordeig (ETSU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) def. Jon Ho (WF) 3-6, 6-4, 6-5 (7-2)
5. Pedro Dumont (WF) def. Ismael Merino (ETSU) 6-3, 0-6, 6-2
6. Ricardo Pabon (ETSU) def. Aws Laaribi (WF) 2-6, 6-5 (7-5), 6-4
7. C. Huertas Del Pino (ETSU) def. Jaya Billa (WF) 6-3, 6-4
 Doubles competition 
1. #30 Adam Lee/Pedro Dumont (WF) def. Diego Nunez/Ismael Merino (ETSU) 6-4
2. Romain Bogaerts/Maksim Kan (WF) def. Roger Ordeig/David Biosca (ETSU) 6-1
3. Aws Laaribi/Anthony Delcore (WF) def. Ricardo Pabon/C. Huertas Del Pino (ETSU) 6-5 (7-4)
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