Raiders Fall at All-American
Doubles and singles eliminated from year's first national championship eventOctober 6, 2006 · MT Media Relations
Siljestrom-Born, ranked third nationally and seeded second in the first of three national championship events this academic year, dropped an 8-6 decision to LSU's Ken Skupski and James Cluskey in the Round of 16 Friday afternoon.
The Blue Raider duo swept five matches at last year's All-American to claim the school's third overall national championship and second in doubles.
"[LSU] played well and returned well, but we didn't win the big points, didn't cross well," Born said. "I should never lose my service game and I did twice in the match. We were up 40-love in the first one and should have won that one. Then [LSU] was just begging to be broken and we finally did, but then I love my serve again in the next game."
Born said he and Siljestrom have to go back to the drawing board to find a new formula for winning the big matches.
"Everyone knows what we're doing right now and have adjusted to our game," Born said. "We have to be a little more creative with what we're doing, find a way to win again," he said.
Earlier in the day Siljestrom lost to Duke's 44th-ranked Peter Rodrigues, 6-4, 7-5, in the Round of 16 in the consolation singles draw. Siljestrom was 1-2 in singles in the tournament, defeating VCU's 15th-ranked Arnaud Lecloerec and losing to Oklahoma State's 61st-rated Ivan Puchkarov.
Full results from the tournament may be found at itatennis.com or tulsahurricane.com.
POLO RALPH LAUREN ITA ALL-AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Consolation -- Round of 16
(44) Peter Rodrigues (Duke) def. (32) Andreas Siljestrom (MT), 6-4, 7-5
Round of 16
Ken Skupski-James Cluskey (LSU) def. (3) Siljestrom-Born (MT), 8-3
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