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Blue Raiders Take All Five First-Day Matches

September 14, 2001 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee men's tennis team boasted a perfect 5-0 mark in Round of 16 play Friday, including third-seed Oliver Foreman taking a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Adriano Cipriana of Freed-Hardeman University, to begin play in the MT Men's Fall Invitational at Buck Bouldin Tennis Center.

Brackets were redrawn late Thursday night after several teams pulled out due to this week's unfortunate terrorist attacks in New York City. The field was reduced from 80 singles players to just 53, while doubles went from 31 to 18 squads.

Foreman took little time in picking up his first win of the season, while teammates Kirk Jackson and Trevor Short followed suit with straight set victories in Flight I singles play. Jackson defeated David Plasencia of Freed-Hardeman, 7-5, 6-2, while Short took care of Julian Botero of Southern Illinois, 6-3, 6-2.

Jackson advances to play the tourney's top seed, Mariano Pettigrosso of Arkansas-Little Rock, at 9 a.m. Saturday. Foreman also plays at 9 a.m. Saturday against Alexi Poutchinets of Arkansas-Little Rock, a 6-2, 7-6 (5) winner over Alan Savidor of Southern Illinois. Short plays at 10 a.m. against Morehead State's Benjamin Schmid, a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 winner over Peter Bong of Southern Illinois.

Blue Raider Michael Staniak led 4-1 and 5-2 in the second set after winning the opening set 6-4. But Liciano Diez of Arkansas-Little Rock would not go away, battling back and winning the second set in a tiebreaker, 8-6. But Diez ran out of gas after the tiebreaker, and Staniak took the final set, 6-0, to advance to quarterfinal play Saturday against Simon Rea of Tennessee. Rea defeated Gustavo Andrade of Freed-Hardeman, 6-3, 6-2 on Friday.

MT freshman Greg Pollack defeated Marek Pawelec of Morehead State, 6-3, 6-4, in Flight II singles action, advancing to a 10 a.m. match Saturday against Richard Booth of Southern Illinois. Booth defeated Dewit Stegman of UT-Martin, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Pollack is the only Blue Raider in Flight II of the singles draw.

In doubles action, all three Blue Raider teams drew a first-round bye and will take part in quarterfinal action Saturday afternoon. Daniel Klemetz and Short take on Clemens Klein and Anthony Wollsschlager of Evansville, while Foreman and Jackson will battle against Cipriana and Andrade of Freed-Hardeman. The final doubles pairing for coach Dale Short's squad in this opening tournament of the fall season, Pollack and Staniak, play Mithu Murali and Pettigrosso. All three doubles teams will be in action at 3 p.m.

Play continues Saturday with singles play beginning at 9 a.m. at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center, and wraps up Sunday with semifinals and finals action.

FRIDAY RESULTS

SINGLES

FLIGHT I

Round of 32

David Plasencia (Freed-Hardeman) def. Troy Gilham (Evansville) 6-4, 6-3

Luciano Diez (Arkansas-Little Rock) def. Peter Allnut (UT-Martin) 6-2, 6-2

Peter Bong (Southern Illinois) def. Anthony Wollsschlager (Evansville) 6-2, 6-0

FLIGHT II

Gustavo Anzola (UT-Martin) def. Thiago Barbosa (Freed-Hardeman) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3

Dewit Stegman (UT-Martin) vs. Jamal Brown (Tennessee State) - withdrawal

David Crouzet (Evansville) def. Jarrad Bunt (Arkansas-Little Rock) 6-4, 6-4

Round of 16

FLIGHT I

Mariano Pettigrosso (Arkansas-Little Rock) def. Martan Tamla (UT-Martin) 6-1, 6-2

Kirk Jackson (Middle Tennessee) def. David Plasencia (Freed-Hardeman) 7-5, 6-2

Oliver Foreman (Middle Tennessee) def. Adriano Cipriana (Freed-Hardeman) 6-0, 6-0

Alexi Poutchinets (Arkansas-Little Rock) def. Alan Savidor (Southern Illinois) 6-2, 7-6 (5)

Simon Rea (Tennessee) def. Gustavo Andrade (Freed-Hardeman) 6-3, 6-2

Trevor Short (Middle Tennessee) def. Julian Botero (Southern Illinois) 6-3, 6-2

Michael Staniak (Middle Tennessee) def. Luciano Diez (Arkansas-Little Rock) 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-0

Benjamin Schmid (Morehead State) def. Peter Bong (Southern Illinois) 6-4, 4-6, 6-0

FLIGHT II

Juan Carlos Baea (Arkansas-Little Rock) def. Akihito Gido (Morehead State) 6-4, 6-1

Clemens Klein (Evansville) def. Rodney Covington (Tennessee State) 6-1, 6-0

Greg Pollack (Middle Tennessee) def. Marek Pawelec (Morehead State) 6-3, 6-4

Lahiru Jaysuriya (Morehead State) def. Evalds Jurans (Western Kentucky) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Mithu Murali (Arkansas-Little Rock) def. Gustavo Anzola (UT-Martin) 7-5, 7-5

Gerado Ascencio (Freed-Hardeman) def. Martin Juanzens (Western Kentucky) 7-5, 2-6, 6-3

Richard Booth (Southern Illinois) def. Dewit Stegman (UT-Martin) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

David Crouzet (Evansville) def. Lukasz Soswa (Southern Illinois) 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3

FLIGHT III

Agustin Mario (Arkansas-Little Rock) def. Rishi Chopra (UT-Martin) - withdrawal

Derrick Boland (Evansville) def. JJ Ball (Western Kentucky) 6-3, 6-3

Greg Dawkins (Morehead State) def. Jay Clark (UT-Martin) 6-3, 6-1

Alejandro Hernandez (Morehead State) def. Derrick Kinchela (Evansville) 6-0, 6-1

Costas Tsouloupas (Southern Illinois) def. Anders Singdahlson (Western Kentucky) 6-2, 6-1

Michael Hailey (Mississippi State) def. Carleton White (Tennessee State) 6-3, 6-2

Brian Blake (Southern Illinois) def. Lucas Tregansini (UT-Martin) - withdrawal

QUARTERFINALS

FLIGHT III

Luis Arguello (Evansville) def. Agustin Mario (Arkansas-Littler Rock) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

Derrick Boland (Evansville)( def. Greg Dawkins (Morehead State) 7-5, 7-6 (3)

Alejandro Hernandez (Morehead State) def. Costas Tsouloupas (Southern Illinois) 6-3, 6-2

Michael Hailey (Mississippi State) def. Brian Blake (Southern Illinois) 6-0, 6-3

DOUBLES

FLIGHT I

Round of 16

Clemens Klein/Anthony Wollsschlager (Evansville) def. Julian Botero/Lukasz Soswa (Southern Illinois) 8-6

Gerado Ascencio/David Plasencia (Freed-Hardeman) def. Peter Bong/Alan Savidor (Southern Illinois) 8-4

Mithu Murali/Mariano Pettigrosso (Arkansas-Little Rock) def. Akihito Gido/Benjamin Schmid (Morehead State) 8-3

FLIGHT II

Quarterfinals

Greg Dawkins/Lahiru Jaysuriya (Morehead State) def. Brian Blake/Richard Booth (Southern Illinois) 8-3

David Crouzet/Troy Gilham (Evansville) def. Gustavo Anzola/Martan Tamla (UT-Martin) 8-3

Jarrad Bunt/Alexi Poutchinets (Arkansas-Little Rock) def. Alejandro Hernandez/Marek Pawelec (Morehead State) 8-2

Juan Carlos Baca/Luciano Diez (Arkansas-Little Rock) def. Luis Arguello/Derrick Boland 8-1

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