Kruse Wins Fifth Straight in Lady Raider Loss

February 11, 2004 · MT Media Relations
ATLANTA, Ga. - Middle Tennessee's Manon Kruse won her fifth straight match in the Lady Raider tennis teams (3-2) 6-1 loss to Georgia Tech (2-1) Wednesday.

Kruse, a senior from Hamm, Germany, defeated Georgia Tech's Lyndsay Sosho 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and improves her record to 5-0 in the spring and 11-3 overall. The win gives Kruse 68 total wins in singles and puts her in third place in the Lady Raider record books for singles wins in a career.

Georgia Tech earned a 1-0 lead in the match after recording victories at the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles positions. Freshmen Alison Silverio and Stauss teamed in the third slot and downed the duo of Ana Maria Cibils and Jacqui Williams by an 8-2 score before the 31st-ranked doubles tandem in the country of Manon Kruse and Carien Venter stopped Tech's Kelly Anderson and Sekita Grant in the No. 1 position. Nieto and Lyndsay Shosho came from behind to win the deciding doubles match at No. 2 over MTSU's Jennifer Klaschka and Laura McNamara, 8-6, to give the Jackets the advantage heading into singles play.

The Jackets quickly took a 3-0 lead against MTSU as Silverio and Anderson recorded victories in the Nos .2 and 3 singles positions. Silverio downed the Lady Raiders' Klaschka, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 while Anderson defeated Venter by a score of 6-0, 6-3 in the No. 3 slot.

Also posting victories for the Jackets were Stauss, at No. 4 over MTSU's Laura McNamara, 6-0, 7-5, and Nieto, in the No. 5 slot over Ana Maria Cibils, 6-1, 3-6, 10-0.

Middle Tennessee returns home on Sunday February 15 to face Saint Louis at the Murfreesboro Racquet Club. Match time is set for 9 a.m.

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