Men's tennis blows out Gardner-Webb
By defeating the bulldogs the men's tennis team has clinched the top seed in the A-Sun tournament
The No. 46 Bucs tennis team breezed past Gardner-Webb, 7-0 on Saturday afternoon. With the victory the Bucs improve to 19-3 on the year and 9-0 in conference play and clinch the top seed for the upcoming Atlantic Sun tournament, while the Bulldogs fall to 12-11, 4-5.
The Bucs swept all three doubles matches to take the 1-0 advantage. In the No. 1 position Alex Ahlgren (Tyreso, Sweden) and Lisandro Picardo (Mar del Plata, Argentina) defeated Ryan Bernthal and Jamie Lawlor, 8-2 while Daniel Isaza (Medellin, Colombia) and Oscar Posada (Valencia, Venezuela) cruised past Joshua Ray and Grant VanRensburg, 8-3 in the second position.
Competing in the No. 3 slot the duo of Predrag Burmazovic (Belgrade, Serbia) and Matej Zlatkovic (Ljubljana, Slovenia) completed the sweep for the Bucs defeating Taylor Ferrier and Carlos Quijano, 8-4.
ETSU then stormed through all six singles matches to earn the 7-0 victory. In the No. 1 slot Sebastian Serrano (Cartagena, Colombia) defeated Carlos Quijano, 6-3, 6-0 while Oscar Posada dropped Taylor Ferrier, 6-3, 6-0 in the No. 2 position. In the No. 3 slot Alex Ahlgren breezed by Grant VanRensburg, 6-4, 6-2 while Matej Zlatkovic cruised past Jamie Lawlor, 6-0, 6-4 in the fourth position. In the No. 5 slot Sergio Velez (Medellin, Colombia) defeated Joshua Ray, 6-0, 6-1 while Jason Ramski (Chicago, Ill.) defeated Ryan Bernthal in the sixth position, 7-5, 6-3.
"We have clinched the first seed in the conference tournament and we are extremely happy about that. We have a tough match remaining with USC Upstate on Wednesday. They are a very dangerous team and we will prepare for them very seriously to give ourselves a chance to finish undefeated again. I think that the guys are ready to go," said head coach Yaser Zaatini.
The Bucs will be back in action Wednesday, April 9, as they take on USC Upstate in the final match of the regular season. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m.
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