Blue Raiders Get Win, 5-2

February 26, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The 59th-ranked Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders rallied to win five singles matches in straight sets and take a 5-2 victory over Chattanooga Wednesday afternoon at the Racquet Club.


The visiting Mocs began the match by winning two of three doubles matches to take the point, including wins at Nos. 1-2.


John Gamble and Dustin Kane defeated Trevor Short and Michael Staniak, 8-3, at No. 2 before Jason Ontog and Thomas Knizat gave Chattanooga the doubles point with an 8-5 win at No. 1 over Daniel Klemetz and Kirk Jackson. The Blue Raiders did salvage the final doubles match, as Greg Pollack and Rishan Kuruppu took care of John Hangstefer and Josh Bales, 8-6, at No. 3.


The Blue Raiders bounced back to win five of the six singles matches, with only Staniak falling at No. 3.


Fourth-ranked Klemetz defeated Ontog, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1, while Jackson won 6-2, 6-3 over Hangstefer at No. 2. Kuruppu took care of Kane, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 4, with Anant Sitaram winning 6-2, 6-4, at No. 5 over Alex Mabred. Brandon Allan defeated Tim Kutschera at No. 6, 6-4, 6-1. Knizat made a big comeback against Staniak at No. 3, winning 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.


The Blue Raiders host Arkansas-Little Rock at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Racquet Club. The match time and place are a change from the original schedule due to weather.




1. (4) Daniel Klemetz (MT) def. Jason Ontog (UTC), 6-2, 6-2

2. Kirk Jackson (MT) def. John Hangstefer (UTC), 6-2, 6-3

3. Thomas Knizat (UTC) def. Michael Staniak (MT), 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

4. Rishan Kuruppu (MT) def. Dustin Kane (UTC), 6-2, 6-0

5. Anant Sitaram (MT) def. Alex Mabred (UTC), 6-2, 6-4

6. Brandon Allan (MT) def. Tim Kutschera (UTC), 6-4, 6-1



1. Ontog-Knizat (UTC) def. Klemetz-Jackson (MT), 8-5

2. John Gamble-Kane (UTC) def. Trevor Short-Staniak (MT), 8-3

3. Greg Pollack-Kuruppu (MT) def. Hangstefer-Josh Bales (UTC), 8-6

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