Raiders Fall in Another Tight Match, 4-3

Squad drops decision in match that lasts more than four hours

March 23, 2007 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee won the doubles point but dropped four of six singles outings, including the deciding match at No. 3 in a third-set tiebreaker, as the 39th-ranked Blue Raiders dropped a 4-3 decision to 33rd-ranked William & Mary Friday at the Rice Invitational in Houston, Texas.

It marked the second straight loss to the Tribe in a span of six days for Middle Tennessee (9-9), who lost to William & Mary last Saturday at the Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala. The Blue Raiders have dropped six of their last eight matches over the last month, all by 4-2, 5-2, or 4-3 scores. The match took almost four-and-a-half hours, with three of the final four matches on the court going three sets.

Middle Tennessee got off to a good start, winning the doubles point with victories at Nos. 1 and 2.

William & Mary's Alexander Zuck and Kavi Sud defeated Joao Paoliello and Marc Boiron at No. 3, 8-3, but the fourth-ranked Middle Tennessee duo of Andreas Siljestrom and Marco Born evened the doubles with an 8-6 triumph over 39th-ranked Alex Cojanu and Keziel Juneau at No. 1.

The Blue Raiders collected the first point of the match with an 8-6 victory at No. 2, as Morgan Richard and Marc Rocafort took care of Colin O'Brien and Richard Wardell.

Middle Tennessee took a quick 2-0 lead in the match, as Paoliello defeated Wardell, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 6, but the Tribe's Marwan Ramadan defeated Alex McCann, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 5.

Three of the final four matches went three sets. The Blue Raiders took a 3-1 edge in the match when 69th-ranked Siljestrom defeated 99th-ranked O'Brien at No. 1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, but Cojanu came back with a 6-4, 7-6 (8), triumph over Rocafort at No. 2. Zuck's 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, victory at No. 4 over Richard evened the match at three.

That left everything to 113th-ranked Born and Juneau at No. 3, and the duo battled long and hard, playing tiebreakers in both the first and third sets. Born won the first-set breaker, 7-5, but Juneau evened the match with a 7-5 victory in games in the second set. The decisive match came down to another tiebreaker, with Juneau outlasting Born, 11-9, in the breaker for the team victory. Juneau fought off a total of 11 match points in taking the victory.

Middle Tennessee faces 52nd-ranked Oklahoma Saturday at 9 a.m. and concludes the tournament on Sunday, taking on 24th-ranked Rice at 1 p.m.

#33 William & Mary 4, #39 Middle Tennessee 3

1. (69) Andreas Siljestrom (MT) def. (99) Colin O'Brien (WM), 6-4, 2-6, 6-1
2. Alex Cojanu (WM) def. Marc Rocafort (MT), 6-4, 7-6 (8)
3. Keziel Juneau (WM) def. (113) Marco Born (MT), 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (9)
4. Alexander Zuck (WM) def. Morgan Richard (MT), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
5. Marwan Ramadan (WM) def. Alex McCann (MT), 6-2, 6-4
6. Joao Paoliello (MT) def. Richard Wardell (WM), 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6,5,1,2,4,3*

1. (4) Born-Siljestrom (MT) def. (39) Cojanu-Juneau (WM), 8-6
2. Richard-Rocafort (MT) def. O'Brien-Wardell (WM), 8-6
3. Zuck-Kavi Sud (WM) def. Paoliello-Marc Boiron (MT), 8-3
Order of Finish: 3,1,2

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