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Blue Raiders Fall to Louisville

Peers defeats No. 36 Childs on Thursday

February 14, 2008 · MT Media Relations
Louisville, Ky. - Freshman John Peers defeated a Top-50 opponent but the Blue Raiders fell to Louisville 5-2.

Peers defeated No. 36 Austen Childs 6-3, 6-7 (13), 10-7 in No. 1 singles as he was the last Middle Tennessee (4-5) player to finish his match.

"I am very pleased with Peers' win at No. 1 tonight. He stepped it up and played very well tonight," head coach David McNamara said.

Louisville (7-1) began the match by winning the doubles point as it took two of three matches. Sophomore Joao Paoliello and freshman Chris Nowak fell to Robert Rotaru and Pablo Camacho 8-3. Then sophomore Marc Rocafort and Peers fell to Childs and Simon Childs in No. 2 doubles which clinched the match for the Cardinals.

Junior Morgan Richard and freshman Richard Cowden won their doubles match 8-4 over David Simon and Kenneth Nordheim.

In singles action, Nowak fell to Rotaru 6-3, 6-1 while Rocafort defeated Simon 6-4, 6-2 in No. 2 singles.

"Rocafort has a win and is turning around his season and play with this match," McNamara said.

Richard fell to Simon Childs in No. 4 singles 6-4, 6-4 and Paoliello lost his match with Aljeandro Calligari 7-6, 6-2.

Cowden fell to Maksimcuk 6-4, 7-6 (4) in No. 3 singles and Peers rounded out play with his win.

"This was a tough loss. We are working hard and giving 100 percent. We are just not executing and there are individual things we need to work on. It is still a long season and we have plenty of time to have a successful season.

The Blue Raiders will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 15 when they face Indiana at 2 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind.

Singles

1. John Peers (MT) def. #36 Austen Childs (LOU) 6-3, 6-7 (0-13), 10-7

2. Marc Rocafort (MT) def. David Simon (LOU) 6-4, 6-2

3. Viktor Maksimcuk (LOU) def. Richard Cowden (MT) 6-4, 7-6 (4-0)

4. Simon Childs (LOU) def. Morgan Richard (MT) 6-4, 6-4

5. Alejandro Calligari (LOU) def. Joao Paoliello (MT) 7-6, 6-2

6. Robert Rotaru (LOU) def. Chris Nowak (MT) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles

1. Austen Childs/Simon Childs (LOU) def. John Peers/Marc Rocafort (MT) 8-4

2. Richard Cowden/Morgan Richard (MT) def. David Simon/Kenneth Nordheim (LOU) 8-5

3. Robert Rotaru/Pablo Camacho (LOU) def. Joao Paoliello/Chris Nowak (MT) 8-3

Match Notes: Middle Tennessee 4-5

Louisville 7-1

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

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