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Men's Tennis Heads to All-American Championships

September 30, 2004 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Five members of the Middle Tennessee men's tennis team head to Chattanooga, Tenn., to begin play in the Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships Friday.

Marco Born, Marc Boiron, Greg Pollack and Anant Sitaram all begin singles play in prequalifying on Friday, while Pollack and Sitaram along with Born and Andreas Siljestrom start action in doubles prequalifying.

The singles draw in prequalifying consists of 192 players, with top seeds needing just three wins to advance to the qualifying round that begins October 4. Doubles has 96 teams in prequalifying.

In singles play Friday, Born drew a first-round bye and will play the winner of Butler's Adam Bordow and Georgia Tech's Noah Tyler at Noon ET. Pollack also drew a first-round bye and will take on the winner of Wisconsin's Lachezar Kasarov and Indiana State's Kevin Doh at 2 p.m.

Boiron plays Oregon's Markus Schiller, while Sitaram drew a first-round bye and will take on the winner of Bradley's Marijan Panzic and Baylor's Barry McLaren at 3 p.m.

In doubles, Born and Siljestrom face the winner of Butler's Andy Bartish-James Low and Indiana State's Aaron Phillips and Anton Tsymbalov in the second round. Pollack and Sitaram play Louisville's Jhonny Berrido and Octavian Nicodim in first-round action.

Siljestrom will play in qualifying singles starting October 4, as will Brandon Allan and Kai Schledorn. Allan and Schledorn received singles entries into qualifying because of their ranking and seed in qualifying doubles. Qualifying consists of 128 singles players and 64 doubles teams. The bulk of the tournament is played at The Champions Club in Chattanooga, with GPS serving as a secondary playing site.

The All-American is the first of three grand slam collegiate events during the academic year. Chattanooga has played host to the event the last two years. Full results and draws may be accessed at itatennis.com.

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