ETSU’s Teraz Nets Second A-Sun Weekly Award

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

MACON, Ga. – ETSU’s Grega Teraz helped extend the Bucs’ A-Sun winning streak to 36, while pushing the Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center home streak to 47 over the weekend. For his performance, Teraz claimed the second A-Sun Player of the Week award of his career and second on the season, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Teraz anchored the top of the Bucs strong singles lineup this past week. As conference play opened, the Mojstrana, Slovenia native rolled past Kennesaw State’s Tyler Mills and Mercer’s Evandro Rosindo in No. 1 singles action. Not to be outdone in non-conference action, Teraz stood as a key figure in ETSU's 4-3 comeback win against No. 48 UNC Wilmington, Tuesday.

After dropping his first set 6-1 and then evening the match with a 6-2 second set win, Teraz and UNC Wilmington's Kinshuk Sharma battled throughout the third, forcing a tiebreaker to decided the contest. Down 4-0, Teraz showed his heart and determination with a dramatic comeback, breaking four of Sharma's serves for a 7-5 tiebreaker win, which led to the Bucs’ victory. Along with freshman doubles teammate Juan-Carlos Ramirez, the ETSU duo posted a pair of wins versus Mercer and Kennesaw State. The junior business major also leads the A-Sun with a No. 85 ITA Singles ranking.

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.

Other Top Performers
Moritz Buerchner, UNF (Fr. - Haimhausen, Germany - No. 1 Singles, No. 1/3 Doubles - Business) – Buerchner defeated the No. 1 singles players from FGCU, Eastern Kentucky and Appalachian State. In a preseason poll, the conference’s coaches selected Eastern Kentucky to win the OVC this season. The Haimhausen, Germany native split the week in doubles matches after defeating the Mountaineers and the Colonels.

Larbi Lamzouri, Campbell (Jr. - No. 2 Singles/Doubles - Meknes, Morocco - Business Administration) – Lamzouri owns a team best 10 singles victories on the dual season for Campbell. The Meknes, Morocco native stands in the middle of a ten match winning streak since dropping the opening match of the dual season. Last Friday, Lamzouri defeated Lipscomb’s Chad Pierron, 6-2, 7-6, in No. 2 singles. The business administration major teamed with Josep Baro to defeat Pierron and James Murrell, 8-4, in No. 2 doubles to help the Camels earn a 7-0 victory against the Bisons. Saturday, Lamzouri helped Campbell defeat Belmont, 5-2. The junior earned a tough three set victory versus Joao Paoliello, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, and teamed with Baro to knock off Paoliello and Rodrigo Amaral, 8-6. Lamzouri/Baro have won eight doubles matches in a row.

Matthew Rock, FGCU (So. - Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - No 4 Singles/No. 1 Doubles - Marketing) – Rock led FGCU to a 2-1 record last week, including wins against Jacksonville and Kennesaw State. The marketing major battled back for a three-set victory versus Jacksonville's Jaime Esteban, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, helping the Eagles to a 4-3 win against the Dolphins. The sophomore handled Kennesaw State's Michael Langel, 6-4, 6-3, as the Eagles knocked off the Owls, 5-2. Rock also teamed up with Thibaud Aime to win all three matches at the No. 1 doubles position during the week.

Jack Roux, USC Upstate (Sr. - Puntas Arenas, Chile - No. 4/3 - Political Science) – Roux posted another memorable week for the Spartans, winning all five of his matches during a three-day trek through Tennessee. The senior extended his singles winning streak to 11 matches, the longest on the team this season. Roux kicked off the week with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win against Tennessee Tech's Nick Stafford, providing the clinching win in a tough 4-2 win on indoor courts. The political science major added a 6-0, 6-4 win versus Rafael Matos of Belmont at No. 4 and playing with partner Marco Linconir in doubles, he posted 9-8 (7) win against Bruno Silva and Felipe Cirne Lima at No. 3. Roux wrapped up week by moving up to the No. 3 slot in lineup and posting a 6-0, 6-1 win against Lipscomb's James Murrell and notched an 8-3 win with Linconir in doubles.