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Blue Raiders Fall to ETSU

MT loses match 5-1 to Buccaneers

February 10, 2008 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Freshman John Peers led Middle Tennessee on Sunday but it was not enough as the Blue Raiders fell to No. 48 East Tennessee 5-1.

The Buccaneers (5-2) won the doubles point to begin the match with a 1-0 lead. Peers and freshman Chris Nowak fell to No. 33 Sebastian Serrano and Enrique Olivares 8-4. Then in No. 3 singles sophomores Marc Rocafort and Joao Paoliello lost a close match to Lisandro Picardo and Daniel Isaza 9-7.

Rounding out doubles action were junior Morgan Richard and freshman Richard Cowden who lost their match in a tie-breaker 9-8 (3) to Oscar Posada and Alex Ahlgren.

"Certainly disappointing with these two matches but it is a long season and this is the level of teams we will be playing the rest of the season," head coach David McNamara said. We need to get better production out of a few players and we need to keep working hard on and off the tennis court. We need to focus on what our goal is for the end of the season."

East Tennessee extended its lead to two as Rocafort fell to No. 49 Enrique Olivares 6-3, 6-2. Then Predrag Burmazovic defeated Richard 6-4, 6-4 to extend the lead for the Buccaneers 3-0.

Peers notched a win for the Blue Raiders (4-4) as he defeated Serrano 7-6 (4), 6-2 closing the gap, 3-1.

East Tennessee then clinched the match as Cowden fell to Picardo 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 after winning the first set to begin his match.

Paoleillo's match with Isaza was called since the second set had just begun and the match had been clinched by the Buccaneers. The final score gave Isaza the win as he won the first set 6-4 and the second set tied at 1.

Nowak fell to Posada 7-5, 6-2, in a super tie-breaker to end the match for Middle Tennessee.

Middle Tennessee will be back in action on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. when it travels to Louisville, Ky. to face No. 59 Louisville. Then on Friday, Feb.15 the Blue Raiders will play No. 69 Indiana at 2 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind.

Singles

1. #49 Enrique Olivares (ETSU) def. Marc Rocafort (MT) 6-3, 6-2

2. John Peers (MT) def. Sebastian Serrano (ETSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

3. Predrag Burmazovic (ETSU) def. Morgan Richard (MT) 6-4, 6-4

4. Lisandro Picardo (ETSU) def. Richard Cowden (MT) 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3

5. Oscar Posada (ETSU) def. Chris Nowak (MT) 5-7, 6-2, 10-7

6. Joao Paoliello (MT) vs. Daniel Isaza (ETSU) 4-6, 1-1, unfinished

Doubles

1. Oscar Posada/Alex Ahlgren (ETSU) def. Richard Cowden/Morgan Richard (MT) 9-8 (7-3)

2. #33 Sebastian Serrano/Enrique Olivares (ETSU) def. Chris Nowak/John Peers (MT) 8-4

3. Lisandro Picardo/Daniel Isaza (ETSU) def. Joao Paoliello/Marc Rocafort (MT) 9-7

Match Notes:

East Tennessee State 4-2; National ranking #48

Middle Tennessee 4-3; National ranking #50

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

6 singles - not finished because East Tennessee clinched the match with 4 singles win

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