No. 74 Buccaneers Take Down No. 60 Georgia State

Friday, February 15, 2013

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Feb. 15, 2013) – The No. 74 ETSU men’s tennis team began the home portion of the schedule at the Bristol Racquet Club late Friday morning, coming up with a big win, 4-0, against 60th-ranked Georgia State.

A day after ETSU (4-2) received its 2012 championship rings, senior Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) delivered a championship-like performance. The 2012 A-Sun Tournament MVP was slated against the ITA’s 75th-ranked singles player in the top match, defeating Victor Valente in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) to seal the victory.

Bandres’ singles win moves his dual record to 3-2.

The Bucs seemed to put it all together in the home opener, beginning with victories at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to capture the match’s first point. The win on court two was earned by senior Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) and junior Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela) – ranked seventh in the Ohio Valley region – defeating Robert Schulze and Sofiane Chevallier, 8-6.

Sophomore Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) grabbed the first singles point, convincingly beating regionally ranked Panther Lucas Santa Ana, 6-0, 6-3. Ramirez then came back from a set down to beat Schulze, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, before Bandres gave ETSU its second win of the season against a nationally ranked team.

The Bucs are back in action in Bristol tomorrow, taking on Nebraska at 3:30 p.m.