Men's Tennis Falls to UALR, 4-1April 25, 2004 · MT Media Relations
The Blue Raiders end the season 9-15 overall and fourth in the Sun Belt. The loss was the second this season to UALR, who defeated Middle Tennessee, 5-2, on January 31 in Little Rock.
The Trojans lost the first doubles match but came back to take the final two to win the first point of the dual.
UALR won the final two doubles matches to take the point, with Jarrad Bunt and Mithun Murali defeating Aidan Fitzgerald and Andreas Siljestrom, 8-6, at No. 3, before Bastian Faisst and Sebastian Falk won 8-6 over 57th-ranked Brandon Allan and Kai Schledorn at No. 1.
In singles the Trojans won two quick matches but struggled to finish off the Blue Raiders, who fought until the match ended.
Faisst, ranked 95th nationally, defeated Jackson, 6-2, 7-6, at No. 1, and Dave Baxendine won 7-6, 6-3, over Short at No. 4.
Middle Tennessee's only point of the match came at No. 6, where Rishan Kuruppu won again, defeating Bunt, 6-4, 7-6.
UALR closed out the match with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, triumph at No. 5, with Murali taking care of Allan.
ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK 4, #61 MIDDLE TENNESSEE 1
1. (95) Bastian Faisst (UALR) def. Kirk Jackson (MT), 6-2, 7-6
2. (82) Andreas Siljestrom (MT) vs. Alexei Poutchinets (UALR), DNF
3. Kai Schledorn (MT) vs. Sebastian Falk (UALR), DNF
4. Dave Baxendine (UALR) def. Trevor Short (MT), 7-6, 6-3
5. Mithun Murali (UALR) def. Brandon Allan (MT), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
6. Rishan Kuruppu (MT) def. Jarrad Bunt (UALR), 6-4, 7-6
1. Faisst-Falk (UALR) def. (57) Allan-Schledorn (MT), 8-6
2. Short-Jackson (MT) def. Mark Edney-Poutchinets (UALR), 8-2
3. Bunt-Murali (UALR) def. Aidan Fitzgerald-Siljestrom (MT), 8-6
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