JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Ramiro Blanco and Yvon Haessig picked up thrilling three-set victories, but it was not enough as No. 73 ETSU claimed a 5-2 victory Saturday in the season finale for both teams at the Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center.
ETSU claimed the doubles point after taking victories at doubles No. 2 and 3. The only Spartan victory in doubles action took place at doubles No. 1 as Ramiro Blanco and Matthias Kidler defeated Sander Gille and Robin Akser, 8-7 (7-4).
In singles action, Ramiro Blanco defeated Sander Gille in a three-set battle at singles No. 1. Blanco dropped the first set, 4-6, before rallying to tie the match with a 7-6 (7-1) win in the second set. In the decisive set, Blanco won the tiebreaker set by a score of 10-4.
Yvon Haessig also rallied from a one-set deficit before rallying for a win. At singles No. 4, Haessig dropped set one to Jeremy Bonnevalle, 2-6, before taking set two, 6-4. In the final set, Haessig outlasted Bonnevalle, 10-8.
The Spartans will return to action next weekend when they play in their first Atlantic Sun Conference championship. Upstate will receive either the four- or five-seed and will face Lipscomb in the opening round of three-day event (hosted by ETSU) that begins Friday morning.
#72 ETSU 4, USC Upstate 0
April 21, 2012 at Johnson City, Tenn. (Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center)
|1. Jesus Bandres (ETSU) vs. Ramiro Blanco (UPSTM) 6-3, 2-6, 2-1, unfinished|
|2. Sander Gille (ETSU) vs. Matthias Kidler (UPSTM) 3-6, 5-3, unfinished|
|3. Juan Ramirez (ETSU) def. Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) 6-2, 6-3|
|4. Jeremy Bonnevalle (ETSU) vs. Yvon Haessig (UPSTM) 6-4, 2-2, unfinished|
|5. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Pierre Vernin (UPSTM) 6-4, 6-1|
|6. Roger Ordeig (ETSU) def. Jacob Darling (UPSTM) 6-0, 6-0|
|1. Ramiro Blanco/Matthias Kidler (UPSTM) def. Sander Gille/Robin Akser (ETSU) 8-6|
|2. Jeremy Bonnevalle/Juan Ramirez (ETSU) def. Yvon Haessig/Pierre Vernin (UPSTM) 8-5|
|3. Rogerio Ribeiro/Jesus Bandres (ETSU) def. Gonzalo Blanco/Jacob Darling (UPSTM) 8-2|
|USC Upstate 12-10, 4-5 A-Sun|
|ETSU 13-8, 9-0 A-Sun; National ranking #72|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,5,3)|
|Atlantic Sun Semifinals|
|No. 1 ETSU vs. No. 5 USC Upstate|