Blue Raiders Beat Belmont 7-0

Women's tennis topped Bruins in first of two matches on Tuesday

February 12, 2008 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee women's tennis snapped a four-match losing streak with a 7-0 win over Belmont on Tuesday.

The Blue Raiders (2-6) swept the doubles matches to win the point and take a 1-0 lead in the match. Junior Marlene Chemin and sophomore Pooja Kommireddi won their match 8-4 over the Bruins (1-3) Abby Leatherwood and Kelly Pence to begin the match.

Then to clinch the doubles point, senior Ann-Kristin Siljestrom and sophomore Elvira Yusupova teamed up to defeat Linda Johansson and Titiana Pozo 8-4. Rounding out doubles action, sophomore Stephanie Parkison and freshman Shannon Hartmann won their match 8-6 over Whitnie Warren and Katie Rhodes.

Yusupova kept the momentum going as she won her singles match 6-0, 6-2 over Lindsay Bennett. Siljestrom then defeated Warren 6-4, 6-2 to give the Blue Raiders a solid three-point lead.

Hartmann took her match 6-4, 6-2 over Pozo to clinch the match. Then Chemin defeated Rhodes 6-2, 6-4.

Finishing up action for Middle Tennessee were Parkison and Kommireddi who won their respective matches. Parkison defeated Johansson in a super tie-breaker 7-5, 46-, 10-5 while Kommireddi won 6-0, 6-2 over Pence.

The Blue Raiders will be back in action tonight at 5 p.m. when it faces UT-Chattanooga. Live Stats will be available on www.goblueraiders.com. Admission to the Racquet Club is free.


1. Stephanie Parkison (MT) def. Linda Johansson (BEL) 7-5, 4-6, 10-5

2. A.K. Siljestrom (MT) def. Whitnie Warren (BEL) 6-4, 6-3

3. Shannon Hartmann (MT) def. Tatiana Pozo (BEL) 6-4, 6-2

4. Elvira Yusupova (MT) def. Lindsay Bennett (BEL) 6-0, 6-2

5. Marlene Chemin (MT) def. Katie Rhodes (BEL) 6-2, 6-4

6. Pooja Kommireddi (MT) def. Kelly Pence (BEL) 6-0, 6-2


1. A.K. Siljestrom/Elvira Yusupova (MT) def. Linda Johansson/Tatiana Pozo (BEL) 8-4

2. Stephanie Parkison/Shannon Hartmann (MT) def. Whitnie Warren/Katie Rhodes (BEL) 8-6

3. Marlene Chemin/Pooja Kommireddi (MT) def. Abby Leatherwood/Kelly Pence (BEL) 8-4

Match Notes:

Belmont University 1-2

Middle Tennessee 1-6

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

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