ATHENS, Ga. – After nearly a three-hour rain delay senior David Biosca defeated Virginia's Collin Altamirano in three sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the round of 32 at the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday night at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
The 2017 Southern Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player becomes the first ETSU men's tennis athlete since Enrique Olivares in 2009 to advance to the second round. Biosca will square off with Wake Forest's Skander Mansouri on Thursday, May 25 at 11:30 a.m.
“Big time win for David,” said SoCon Coach of the Year, Ricardo Rojas. “David played unbelievable and stayed composted throughout the match. I am very proud of him and can't wait to see him perform tomorrow.”
Altamirano, who was ranked No.40 in the latest Oracle/ITA Division I Collegiate Rankings got off to a quick start in the first set leading 2-1 before the weather delay. When play resumed, Biosca rallied back to take the first set 6-4.
Biosca was unable to conquer Altamirano in the second set as the Second Team All-ACC honoree and three-time national champion with Virginia took the second set, 6-3.
In the decisive third set, the two players went back and forth with Biosca seizing momentum and jumping out to a decisive 5-2 lead. After Altamirano won the eighth game to cut into the lead, Biosca took control of the match and advanced to the round of 32 with a 6-3 third set victory.
Biosca is currently ranked No.65 in the collegiate rankings and improves his overall record to 18-3 in singles play this season while winning his last 12 matches. It's Biosca's fourth victory over a ranked opponent this year.
The Sant Fruitos De Bage, Spain native will match-up with Skander Mansouri from Wake Forest in the round of 32 tomorrow. Mansouri is currently ranked No.13 in the collegiate rankings and has an overall record of 34-8 in singles play.