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Blue Raiders defeat Belmont 4-3

Richard performs well on Senior Day

April 11, 2009 · MT Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee rounded out regular season action with a 4-3 win over Belmont Saturday afternoon.

The Blue Raiders began the match by winning the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead. Senior Robert McKenzie and sophomore John Peers, ranked 29th, defeated Renato Antun and Fausto Rocha 8-1.

Senior Morgan Richard, playing his last home match, paired with freshman Matthew Langley to take an 8-5 win over Joao Paoliello and Rodrigo Amaral.

In singles action, No. 94 McKenzie won his match 6-2, 6-0 over Javier Rodriguez to put Middle Tennessee up 2-0.

Then Belmont got on the board as Rafael Matos defeated sophomore Kyle Wishing 6-0, 6-1. Langley lost his match 6-3, 6-3 to Rocha tying the match at 2.

Richard won his match over Amaral in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 giving Middle Tennessee a 3-2 lead. Peers clinched the match as he defeated former teammate Paoliello 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.

Middle Tennessee will compete in the Sun Belt Championships April 17-19 in Denton, Texas hosted by North Texas. More information on the tournament will be released as it becomes available.

Singles
1. #94 Robert McKenzie (MT) def. Javier Rodriguez (BEL) 6-2, 6-0
2. #104 John Peers (MT) def. Joao Paoliello (BEL) 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
3. Morgan Richard (MT) def. Rodrigo Amaral (BEL) 6-3, 6-4
4. Fausto Rocha (BEL) def. Matthew Langley (MT) 6-3, 6-3
5. Rafael Matos (BEL) def. Kyle Wishing (MT) 6-0, 6-1
6. Felipe Cirne Lima (BEL) def. No player (MT), by forfeit

Doubles
1. #29 John Peers/Robert McKenzie (MT) def. Renato Antun/Fausto Rocha (BEL) 8-1
2. Morgan Richard/Matthew Langley (MT) def. Joao Paoliello/Rodrigo Amaral (BEL) 8-5

Match Notes:
Belmont University 13-7
Middle Tennessee 13-9
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (1,5,4,3,2)

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