Atlantic Sun Men's Tennis Season Kicks Off This Weekend

Friday, January 13, 2012

MACON, Ga. - The 2012 Atlantic Sun tennis season begins this weekend with FGCU hosting FGCU Invitational and North Florida - ranked 74th in the ITA rankings - travelling to Tallahassee to take on the 44th-ranked Florida State Seminoles.

ETSU enters the season as the five-time defending tournament champion and starts the year on Jan. 27 against Tulsa. Stetson, who has finished runner-up at the A-Sun Championship the last six season, faces South Carolina State in their first dual match on Feb. 5. The remaining six teams begin their slates in the following two weeks of play.

This year, 14 of the 30 members of last year's All-Conference team are set to return. ETSU hosts the 2012 Atlantic Sun Tennis Championships from April 20-22 in Johnson City, Tenn.

Belmont Bruins Tennis Preview
2011 Overall Record (A-Sun): 1-14 (0-10; 11th)
2011-12 Schedule // 2011-12 Roster
Returning All-Conference: Rodrigo Amaral, 8-7 at No. 1 Singles

ETSU Buccaneers Tennis Preview
2011 Overall Record (A-Sun): 17-6 (9-1; 1st)
2011-12 Schedule // 2011-12 Roster
Returning All-Conference: Sander Gille, 16-12 (All Tournament Team); Jesus Bandres, 21-14; Roger Ordeig, 14-12

FGCU Eagles Tennis Preview
2011 Overall Record (A-Sun): 3-18 (1-9; 10th)
2011-12 Schedule // 2011-12 Roster
Top Returning Student-Athlete: Mathew Rock, 3-18 Overall

Jacksonville Dolphins Tennis Preview
2011 Overall Record (A-Sun): 5-14 (3-7; 9th)
2011-12 Schedule // 2011-12 Roster
Returning All-Conference: Larry Condez, 10-9 Overall

Kennesaw State Owls Tennis Preview
2011 Overall Record (A-Sun): 9-12 (3-7; 8th)
2011-12 Schedule // 2011-12 Roster
Top Returning Student-Athlete: Gokalp Ozdemir, 10-11 overall

Lipscomb Bison Tennis Preview
2011 Overall Record (A-Sun): 7-11 (4-6; 7th)
2011-12 Schedule // 2011-12 Roster
Returning All-Conference: Oliver Strecker, 11-6 Overall; David Salazar, 9-8 Overall

Mercer Bears Tennis Preview
2011 Overall Record (A-Sun): 9-12 (5-5; 6th)
2011-12 Schedule // 2011-12 Roster
Returning All-Conference: Guilherme Frias, 10-10 Overall

North Florida Ospreys Tennis Preview
2011 Overall Record (A-Sun): 16-8 (9-1; 2nd)
2011-12 Schedule // 2011-12 Roster
Returning All-Conference: Moritz Buerchner, 16-4 Overall (All-Tournament Team Member); Pedro Davisson, 10-11 Overall; Beauregard Treyz, 9-12 Overall

USC Upstate Spartans Tennis Preview
2011 Overall Record (A-Sun): 12-11 (8-2; 3rd)
2011-12 Schedule // 2011-12 Roster
Returning All-Conference: Gonzalo Blanco, 9-14 Overall; Ramiro Blanco, 15-6

Stetson Hatters Tennis Preview
2011 Overall Record (A-Sun): 1-14 (0-10; 11th)
2011-12 Schedule // 2011-12 Roster
Returning All-Conference: Njal Stene, 19-10 Overall

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