There's no question that Rogerio Ribeiro brings a lot to the table, returning for his second year as a member of the Tennessee Tech's men's tennis coaching staff. Ribeiro will serve as a volunteer assistant for the 2017-18 season.
The 25-year-old Ribeiro, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, put together an amazing career while playing at ETSU.
But the NCAA Doubles Tournament run Ribeiro had with partner David Biosca stands as a highlight. Claiming the first victory by an ETSU doubles duo in the NCAA Tournament, the pair defeated New Mexico's Hayden Sabatka and Bart Van Leijsen 6-4 and 6-4, then knocked off the nation's top-ranked pair in Florida's Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson 6-4 and 7-5.
That victory earned All-American nods for the ETSU duo, becoming the third and fourth tennis student-athletes in program history to achieve that honor.
Ribeiro's run continued as the ETSU pair defeated North Carolina's Jack Murray and Brayden Schnurr 6-2 and 7-6 (7) to advance to the tournament semifinals, before falling to Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow 6-2, 5-7 and 1-0 (7) to end their run.
Last season, the duo finished 14-7, including a 4-1 record against nationally ranked foes.
Ribeiro was named the 2016 Southern Conference tournament's Most Outstanding Player after going 16-5 in the regular season and a perfect 3-0 mark in the conference tournament – all three victories claiming wins for the Buccaneers.
Ribeiro was also named to the All-SoCon First Team in both singles and doubles.
In 2014-15, Ribeiro won 13 singles matches and had a 12-8 doubles record with Biosca, including a 5-1 mark in the SoCon. He was named to the All-SoCon first team in singles and doubles, as well as named to the Spring Academic All-SoCon list as well as the SoCon Honor Roll.
Ribeiro came off of a medical redshirt in 2013-14, suffering a season-ending injury in the fall tournament season. But he did complete a win over No. 4 ranked Ryan Lipman from Vanderbilt before getting sidelined.
During his sophomore campaign in 2012-13, Ribeiro had a 29-12 singles mark, including an 8-0 record in the Atlantic Sun Conference. He was 16-14 in doubles, 8-0 in the A-Sun. He was named to the A-Sun first team in singles and second team in doubles.
During his freshman season, Ribeiro went 21-9 in singles and 12-8 in doubles, going 8-1 with partner Jesus Bandres. He was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team, the A-Sun second team in singles and doubles and to the conference's all-academic team.
Ribeiro graduated from East Tennessee State in the spring of 2016 with a bachelor's degree in finance.