Blue Raiders Drop 4-3 Decision
Squad drops two matches at HEB InvitationalMarch 3, 2007 · MT Media Relations
The Blue Raiders (8-6) have lost three of their last four matches overall and had a good chance to win on Saturday.
In doubles the Islanders won at Nos. 2 and 3 to post the first point of the match.
TAMUCC's Jose Zunino and Jose Ycaza defeated Marc Boiron and Joao Paoliello, 8-4, at No. 3 before Mikhail Pavlov and Paul Morant-Rivas won 8-6 against Marc Rocafort and Morgan Richard at No. 2 for the doubles point. The match at No. 1 was stopped with the score tied, 7-all.
But Middle Tennessee bounced back with three quick victories in singles to take what appeared to be a commanding lead.
Rocafort, ranked 100th nationally in singles, defeated Pavlov at No. 4, 6-3, 6-1, before 100th-ranked Marco Born won 7-6 (2), 6-2, at No. 1 over 37th-ranked Andrey Kumantsov, and 36th-ranked Andreas Siljestrom took care of Morant-Rivas, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 2.
But the Islanders tied the match with two victories of their own. Ycaza defeated Boiron, 7-6 (1), 6-2, at No. 6 before Zunino tied the dual with a 7-5, 7-6 (2) victory over Paoliello at No. 5.
At No. 3 Richard and Nivokov split sets, but Richard was up a set and a break at one point. Nivokov broke back to even the second set and then evened the match before gaining another break in the final set for the decisive, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, triumph over Richard.
"I'm not disappointed with the loss. We played a very good team," head coach Dale Short said. "We played with enthusiasm and I thought Marco and Andreas showed some leadership. We have to learn to play with a lead and finish off opponents in matches and in duals. We have some time off now and that will give us an opportunity to work on some things as we head into the Blue-Gray."
Middle Tennessee does not play again until the National Blue-Gray Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala., March 15-18.
#54 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4, #41 Middle Tennessee 3
1. (100) Marco Born (MT) def. (37) Andrey Kumantsov (TAMUCC), 7-6 (2), 6-2
2. (36) Andreas Siljestrom (MT) def. Paul Morant-Rivas (TAMUCC), 6-4, 6-3
3. Dmitry Nivokov (TAMUCC) def. Morgan Richard (MT), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. (100) Marc Rocafort (MT) def. Mikhail Pavlov (TAMUCC), 6-3, 6-1
5. Jose Zunino (TAMUCC) def. Joao Paoliello (MT), 7-5, 7-6 (2)
6. Jose Ycaza (TAMUCC) def. Marc Boiron (MT), 7-6 (1), 6-2
Order of Finish: 4,1,2,6,5,3*
1. (2) Born-Siljestrom (MT) vs. Novikov-Kumantsov (TAMUCC), 7-7, DNF
2. Pavlov-Rivas (TAMUCC) def. Richard-Rocafort (MT), 8-6
3. Zunino-Ycaza (TAMUCC) def. Boiron-Paoliello (MT), 8-4
Order of Finish: 3,2*
Friend of the Blue Raiders? Like us on Facebook and become part of the True Blue army today.
More Men's Tennis NewsJul 11, 2014: MT Men's Tennis recognized by ITA for academics
Jul 8, 2014: Raiders add three to Men's Tennis squad
Jun 12, 2014: Men's Tennis' recruiting class ranked 24th among mid-majors
Jun 6, 2014: MT's Zito tabbed 95th in final ITA rankings
Jun 2, 2014: Borendame partners with Buddy Up Tennis
May 5, 2014: Borendame & SAAC host dodgeball tournament