Five Raiders Win Twice
Two players reach finals, three in semifinalsSeptember 15, 2007 · MT Media Relations
Rocafort, ranked 76th nationally in singles after posting a 28-12 mark in 2006-07, won a pair of matches to reach the Championship Singles Flight title match. Rocafort defeated Louisville's Viktor Maksimcuk, 6-4, 6-1, before winning 6-1, 6-3, over 98th-ranked Amrit Narasimhan of Memphis in the semifinals. Rocafort will face Mississippi State's 40th-ranked Phillippe Frayssinoux in the finals on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Junior Morgan Richard won 6-2, 6-4, over Morehead State's Greg Johnstone in the quarterfinals of the Championship Singles Flight before running into Frayssinoux, who defeated Richard, 6-3, 6-3, in the semifinals.
Paoliello and Cowden both reached the semifinals in Flight A1 singles. Paoliello defeated Belmont's Felipe Cirna Lima, 6-2, 6-1, and Benedikt Fisher of Memphis, 6-1, 6-3. He will face Morehead State's Greg Anderson in the semifinals on Sunday.
Cowden outlasted Morehead State's Charles Williams, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, before taking out former Blue Raider Lucas de Brito of Austin Peay, 7-6 (4), 6-1. Cowden will take on Belmont's Javier Rodriguez in the semifinals on Sunday.
In Flight A2 singles, McCann won by default in his first match before defeating Austin Peay's Patrick Puertolas, 6-0, 6-0. McCann will face Spencer Heflin of Memphis in the semifinals on Sunday.
Newcomer Chris Nowak won his first match, 7-6, 6-3, against Austin Peay's Jay Wilkinson, but dropped a 7-5, 6-2, decision to Western Kentucky's Andy True in the quarterfinals.
In Flight A3 singles, Boiron defeated Austin Peay's Bret Shaw, 6-1, 6-1, before winning 6-1, 6-3, over Western Kentucky's David Bowman. Boiron will face Louisville's Morten Sivertsen in the finals of the draw Sunday.
Draws for the tournament and complete results may be found at http://www.goblueraiders.com/content.cfm/id/27519.
ONE OTHER TENNIS NOTE: Middle Tennessee's Kevin Green and Michael Paul will be heading to San Diego, Calif., this week for the Wheelchair U.S. Open that starts on Wednesday. Green and Paul are the defending champions at the event.
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