Men's Tennis Readies for ITA Southeast Championships

All six singles and all three doubles teams in main draw of indoor event

October 19, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's men's tennis team takes part in the ITA Southeast Championships this weekend in Lexington, Ky., with all six singles players and all three doubles teams in the main draw.

The ITA Southeast Championships serve as the qualifying event for the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships set for November 2-5 in Columbus, Ohio. Teams in the field include Alabama, Auburn, Austin Peay, Bethune-Cookman, Birmingham Southern, Eastern Kentucky, Florida, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Georgia, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Memphis, Miami (FL), Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Morehead State, Murray State, North Florida, South Florida, Stetson, Tennessee, Chattanooga and Vanderbilt.

All six Blue Raider singles players are in the 128-player main draw field that begins Friday afternoon. Matches will take place at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex on the University of Kentucky campus as well as the Lexington Tennis Club and Gold's Gym.

Senior Andreas Siljestrom, seeded sixth for the event in singles, takes on Murray State's Dmytro Hryhorash at Noon CT Friday in the first round, while senior Marco Born faces Florida's Billy Mulligan at 12:30 CT.

Junior Marc Boiron will play Georgia State's Nejc Podkrajsek at 4 p.m. CT, with sophomore Morgan Richard facing Alabama's Javier Bes at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Redshirt freshman Joao Paoliello draws Florida's Nestor Briceno at 1 p.m. CT Friday, while freshman Marc Rocafort takes on a yet-to-be-determined opponent at 4:30 p.m. CT.

In doubles, third-ranked Born-Siljestrom is seeded No. 1 in the 64-team field. The Blue Raider duo faces Miami's Barnabas Carrega-Vivek Subramanian Friday at 7 p.m. CT.

Richard-Rocafort take on Tennessee's 11th-seeded Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel at 8:30 p.m. CT Friday, while Boiron-Paoliello plays Florida's eighth-seeded and 32nd-ranked Briceno-Greg Ouellette at 8 p.m. CT Friday.

"As a group our team is playing pretty well. I don't expect miracles but would love to see Marco and Andreas put themselves in position to get to the semifinals or finals and get a shot at making the national indoors," head coach Dale Short said.

"That will be a very hard task and they will have to take it one match at a time, but when they're fired up they play their best tennis and are one of the best teams in the nation. They showed some leadership and a renewed fire after the All-American and then after losing to the team from Tennessee last week, so I'm hoping that rubs off on the younger players.

"Our top four guys [Siljestrom, Born, Rocafort, Richard] are all playing pretty well and I feel like they can beat anyone on a given day. Andreas and Marco are more comfortable indoors. Rocafort has not played much indoors and Morgan's game is more suited for outdoors as a baseliner, but it's not unrealistic to put all four of those guys in the second and third rounds," Short said.

"Our best chance of going far in the tournament is the two seniors though. They can beat anyone on a relatively fast indoor court. I liked our preparation last week as well as the last couple of days indoors and I'm really looking forward to [Friday]," Short said.

Full results from the event may be found at http://www.ukathletics.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=44&url_article_id=18552&change_well_id=2.

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