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Siljestrom, Sitaram Win on Day One

September 24, 2004 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's 63rd-ranked and ninth-seeded Andreas Siljestrom won a pair of three-set matches, and senior Anant Sitaram knocked off the third-seeded player in his bracket, during the first day of competition at the 36th Annual Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Ga.

Siljestrom defeated South Alabama's Pavel Mazaev, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, in the morning before taking care of College of Charleston's Timo Siebert, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, in the afternoon. The sophomore advances to play in the Round of 16 on Saturday. All five of Siljestrom's singles matches so far this fall have gone three sets.

Also in Division I, Marco Born dropped a 6-7 (4), 3-6 decision to Florida State's Chris Westerhof. Born falls into the consolation bracket and was set to play Friday night at 7:30 ET. Kai Schledorn suffered the same fate, losing 2-6, 6-7 (4) to Duke's 16th-seeded Peter Rodrigues. Schledorn was to play at 8:30 p.m. ET in the consolation bracket.

In Division II singles, Sitaram drew a bye in the first round before taking out Kentucky's third-seeded Alex Hume, 6-1, 7-6 (5), and running his winning streak to five matches this fall season. Sitaram will face Tennessee's David Baxendine on Saturday in the Round of 16. Baxendine previously played at conference foe Arkansas-Little Rock before this season.

Also in Division II, Greg Pollack won 6-3, 6-1, over South Alabama's Juraj Sekera and was set to face College of Charleston's Phillip Koller late Friday afternoon. Brandon Allan also won his first-round match, a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Willy Frei of Auburn-Montgomery. Allan was to play South Alabama's David Kekpa late Friday afternoon.

In Division III singles, Marc Boiron lost 0-6, 3-6 to Alabama's Taylor Striplin before dropping a 4-6, 5-7 decision to Mercer's Nathan Star in the consolation bracket.

Doubles play begins Saturday, with the 19th-ranked duo of Allan and Schledorn earning the No. 6 seed in the 32-team Division I bracket. They take on Tennessee Tech's Shonsoke Shimizu and Michele Panzeri, while teammates Born and Siljestrom play the fifth-seeded tandem of Gabor Zoltan Pelva and Alex Schweizer from Auburn. In Division II doubles, Pollack and Sitaram play Georgia's Ricardo Gonzalez and Matic Omerzel.

Full results may be accessed at georgiadogs.com. The 36th Southern Intercollegiate Championships are hosted by the University of Georgia, with this year's field comprised of 151 players from 27 teams.

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