Men's Tennis Wins 4-3 over UALR

February 28, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The 59th-ranked Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders won the doubles point and held on for a 4-3 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock thanks to sophomore Rishan Kuruppu's win at No. 6 Friday afternoon at the Racquet Club.


The Blue Raiders (3-7) won the doubles point, getting wins at Nos. 1 and 3. The 58th-ranked doubles tandem of Kirk Jackson and Daniel Klemetz defeated Juan Carlos Baca and Sebastian Falk, 8-1, at No. 1, with Trevor Short and Michael Staniak taking care of David Baxendine and Mithun Murali at No. 3, 8-6. Brandon Allan and Anant Sitaram were defeated 8-6 at No. 2 by Mark Edney and Alexei Poutchinets.


The Blue Raiders then got wins at the top two spots in singles, as fourth-ranked Daniel Klemetz won 6-0, 6-3, over Baca, and Jackson defeated Poutchinets, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, at No. 2.


But the visiting Trojans fought back, winning singles at the next three spots in the lineup before Kuruppu salvaged the deciding point at No. 6 for Middle Tennessee.


Falk beat Greg Pollack, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3, while Murali took care of Staniak, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 4. Baxendine defeated Sitaram, 0-6, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 5, before Kuruppu gave the Blue Raiders the victory with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Jarrad Bunt.


"It was good for us to get two wins this week, get some confidence back as a team," Blue Raider head coach Dale Short said. "It wasn't pretty in either win, but we needed the victories. We'll have out work cut out for us on Sunday."


The Blue Raiders travel to Waco, Texas, to face fourth-ranked Baylor Sunday. Middle Tennessee will then play in the Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic, March 13-16, in Montgomery, Ala., before returning home March 21 to face Georgia State.




1. (4) Daniel Klemetz (MT) def. Juan Carlos Baca (UALR), 6-0, 6-3

2. Kirk Jackson (MT) def. Alexei Poutchinets (UALR), 7-6, 6-7, 6-3

3. Sebastian Falk (UALR) def. Greg Pollack (MT), 6-1, 6-1

4. Mithun Murali (UALR) def. Michael Staniak (MT), 6-4, 6-2

5. David Baxendine (UALR) def. Anant Sitaram (MT), 0-6, 6-1, 6-3

6. Rishan Kuruppu (MT) def. Jarrad Bunt (UALR), 6-3, 6-3



1. (58) Jackson-Klemetz (MT) def. Baca-Falk (UALR), 8-1

2. Mark Edney-Poutchinets (UALR) def. Brandon Allan-Sitaram (MT), 8-6

3. Trevor Short-Staniak (MT) def. Baxendine-Murali (UALR), 8-6

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