Blue Raiders fall 7-0 to No. 50 ETSU

Team will have over a week to prepare for HEB Invitational

February 20, 2011 · MT Athletic Communications
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee battled and played some close matches but could not pull out the win in a 7-0 loss to No. 50 East Tennessee State on Saturday night.

ETSU (3-4) began the match with a sweep of doubles. At No. 1 doubles, junior Shaun Waters and freshman Ben Davis fell 8-4 to Charles Bottoni and Grega Teraz. Freshmen Elliot Barnwell and Joseph Cohen played a close match with Sander Gille and Jesus Bandres but could not get the win falling 9-7.

Wrapping up doubles action for the Blue Raiders (4-4), senior Kyle Wishing paired with junior Matthew Langley dropping the match 8-5 to Robin Akser and Juan Ramirez.

In singles action, Waters fell to Bandres 6-4, 7-6 at the No. 1 position. Davis lost his first collegiate singles match 7-6, 6-4 to Teraz.

At No. 3 singles, Langley battled against Bottoni winning the first 6-2 but lost the second set 6-3. Bottoni took a 6-2 win in the third set to win the match.

Ramirez won his first set 6-1 over Cohen at No. 4 singles and then Cohen retired. R-freshman Dimitri Pippos fell 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 5 position to Jorge Varon.

Barnwell concluded play at No. 6 singles falling 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 in the super tiebreaker to Jeremy Bonnevalle.

Middle Tennessee have next week off to prepare for the HEB Invitational in Corpus Christi, Texas. The HEB Invitational will be held Friday-Saturday, March 4-5. Then the Blue Raiders will face Texas A&M Corpus Christi in a single match on Monday, March 7 at 10 a.m.

Complete Results

1. Jesus Bandres (ETSU) def. Shaun Waters (MT) 6-4, 7-6
2. Grega Teraz (ETSU) def. Ben Davis (MT) 7-6, 6-4
3. Charles Bottoni (ETSU) def. Matthew Langley (MT) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
4. Juan Ramirez (ETSU) def. Joseph Cohen (MT) 6-1, retired
5. Jorge Varon (ETSU) def. Dimitri Pippos (MT) 6-2, 6-4
6. Jeremy Bonnevalle (ETSU) def. Elliot Barnwell (MT) 6-3, 3-6, 10-5

1. Charles Bottoni/Grega Teraz (ETSU) def. Shaun Waters/Ben Davis (MT) 8-4
2. Sander Gille/Jesus Bandres (ETSU) def. Elliot Barnwell/Joseph Cohen (MT) 9-7
3. Robin Akser/Juan Ramirez (ETSU) def. Matthew Langley/Kyle Wishing (MT) 8-5

Match Notes:
Middle Tennessee 4-4
ETSU 3-4; National ranking #50

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