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Blue Raiders Fall, 5-2

March 18, 2004 · MT Media Relations
By Kim Ling
Ole Miss Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Second-ranked Ole Miss won the doubles point and picked up four singles wins to claim a 5-2 victory against 60th-ranked Middle Tennessee at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center in Oxford, Miss., Wednesday afternoon.

Ole Miss gained the early lead by sweeping the doubles point. After the Rebels won at No. 3 doubles, 8-4, Catalin Gard and Paul Ciorascu beat Kai Schledorn and Brandon Allan, 8-4, at the top spot. The Middle Tennessee duo came into the match 12-1 overall and 7-1 at No. 1 doubles.

Gard made it 2-0 Ole Miss when he finished off Schledorn, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 1 singles. UM's Claes Lindholm dominated Middle Tennessee's Trevor Short, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3 singles to give the Rebels a 3-0 lead.

The Blue Raiders (5-9) got on the board when Andreas Silejstrom defeated Ciorascu in straight sets. Ciorascu was down two breaks in the first set, but fought back to force a tiebreaker. Silejstrom would win that 7-6 (3) and cruise in the second set, 6-0.

The Rebels had a 3-1 lead, but Middle Tennessee would not go away quietly, as the final three courts went to third sets. UM's Fredrik Aarum prevailed in his third set against Blue Raider, Anant Sitaram, to clinch the victory for Ole Miss. Aarum dropped the first set 6-0, but rebounded in fine fashion to take the final two sets by scores of 6-2.

Middle Tennessee got its other point on court four, where Rishan Kuruppu came back to beat Juan Pablo Di Cesare, 2-6, 7-5, 10-8. Rebel freshman Eric Claesson finished off the day by defeating Allan, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3) on court six.

Middle Tennessee takes almost a week off before returning to action against San Diego State on March 23 in San Diego, Calif.

#2 OLE MISS 5, #60 MIDDLE TENNESSEE 2
SINGLES
1. (14) Catalin Gard (UM) def. Kai Schledorn (MT), 6-4, 6-2
2. Andreas Silejstrom (MT) def. (96) Paul Ciorascu (UM), 7-6, 6-0
3. (32) Claes Lindholm (UM) def. Trevor Short (MT), 6-1, 6-1
4. Rishan Kuruppu (MT) def. Juan Pablo Di Cesare (UM), 2-6, 7-5, 10-8
5. Fredrik Aarum (UM) def. Anant Sitaram (MT), 0-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Eric Claesson (UM) def. Brandon Allan (MT), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3)

DOUBLES
1. (25) Gard-Ciorascu (UM) def. Schledorn-Allan (MT) 8-4
2. (34) Lindholm-Claesson (UM) def. Short-Kirk Jackson (MT) 8-6
3. Di Cesare-Aarum (UM) def. Silejstrom-Kuruppu (MT) 8-4

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