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Richard clinches win for MT

Blue Raiders defeat Pioneers 4-3

February 2, 2008 · MT Media Relations
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Junior Morgan Richard led the Blue Raiders to a dramatic 4-3 win over Denver on Saturday.

Richard defeated the Pioneer's Andrew Landwerien in a third set tiebreaker to break a 3-3 tie and clinch the match for Middle Tennessee. Richard dropped the first set 6-3 but rebounded winning the next two sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).

"Morgan played very well today and I am proud of the way he stepped up and won in the third set on a tie-breaker. He should be very proud of his gutsy effort for the win," head coach David McNamara said.

In their last meeting with Denver during the semi-finals of the conference tournament the Blue Raiders lost 5-2. Middle Tennessee improves to 3-2 on the season while the Pioneer's fall to 3-1.

To begin the match, Middle Tennessee won the doubles point by winning two of the three doubles matches. Freshman Richard Cowden teamed with sophomore Joao Paoliello to defeat Adam Holstrom and Raviot Dhatt 8-4. Then sophomore Marc Rocafort and freshman Chris Nowak won their match with Niklas Persson and Kalle Rosen 9-7 to clinch the point.

Richard paired with freshman John Peers but the duo lost in a tie-breaker 9-8 (7-4) to Landwerien and David Simson.

In singles action, the Blue Raiders took a 3-0 lead in the match as Nowak defeated Dhatt 7-5, 6-1 and Paoliello won 7-5, 6-3 over Rosen.

Simson defeated Cowden 6-0, 6-4 as Denver cut the lead to two, 3-1 and then to one as Peers fell to Persson 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).

Then Rocafort lost to Holmstrom 4-6, 7-6 (3-0), 6-1 which set-up the dramatic finish by the only upperclassman on the squad.

"I am very proud of the way the guys performed and fought today. They have dealt with a lot of adversity with guys being sick and losing to Virginia Tech on Wednesday," McNamara said.

The Blue Raiders will be back in action on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 9 a.m. when they face Minnesota.

Singles

1. Adam Holmstrom (DU) def. Marc Rocafort (MT) 4-6, 7-6 (3-0), 6-1

2. Niklas Persson (DU) def. John Peers (MT) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)

3. Morgan Richard (MT) def. Andrew Landwerien (DU) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)

4. David Simson (DU) def. Richard Cowden (MT) 6-0, 6-4

5. Chris Nowak (MT) def. Raviot Dhatt (DU) 7-5, 6-1

6. Joao Paoliello (MT) def. Kalle Rosen (DU) 7-5, 6-3

Doubles

1. Andrew Landwerien/David Simson (DU) def. Richard/ Peers (MT) 9-8 (7-4)

2. Cowden/Paoliello (MT) def. Adam Holmstrom/Raviot Dhatt (DU) 8-4

3. Rocafort/ Nowak (MT) def. Niklas Persson/Kalle Rosen (DU) 9-7

Match Notes: Middle Tennessee 3-2

Denver 3-1

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,6,4,2,1,3)

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