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Blue Raiders top rival Hilltoppers 4-0

Will play Denver in SBC tourney semi-finals Saturday night

April 18, 2009 · MT Athletic Communications
DENTON, Texas - Top seeded Middle Tennessee took care of business to begin the Sun Belt Championships as it defeated eighth-seeded Western Kentucky 4-0 on Saturday morning.

The No. 60 Blue Raiders began play by sweeping the doubles point. Sophomore John Peers and senior Robert McKenzie defeated Thomas Krug and Andy True 8-4 to hand the point to Middle Tennessee.

Then junior Victor Melo won his match 6-3, 6-1 over Currie Martin while No. 104 Peers defeated True 6-2, 6-2 to put Middle Tennessee within one point.

Sophomore Kyle Wishing clinched the match for the Blue Raiders as he defeated Quinn Saine 6-1, 6-0.

The Blue Raiders will be back in action at 6:30 p.m. when it faces Denver, the fourth seed, in the semi-final match of the SBC Championships.

Singles
1. #96 Robert McKenzie (MT) vs. Thomas Krug (WKU) 6-2, 4-1, unfinished
2. #104 John Peers (MT) def. Andy True (WKU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Victor Melo (MT) def. Currie Martin (WKU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Morgan Richard (MT) vs. Priyank Gangadharan (WKU) 6-2, 4-1, unfinished
5. Matthew Langley (MT) vs. Arul Selvan (WKU) 6-0, 2-3, unfinished
6. Kyle Wishing (MT) def. Quinn Saine (WKU) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles
1. John Peers/Victor Melo (MT) def. Thomas Krug/Andy True (WKU) 8-4
2. Morgan Richard/Robert McKenzie (MT) def. Currie Martin/Priyank Gangadharan (WKU) 8-1
3. Kyle Wishing/Alex McCann (MT) vs. Quinn Saine/Andrew Swanson (WKU) 6-5, unfinished

Match Notes:
Western Kentucky 11-10
Middle Tennessee 14-8; National ranking #60
Sun Belt Conference Tournament First-Round Match
Order of finished: Doubles 2, 1, 3 ... Singles: 3, 2, 6, (1, 4, 5 unfinished)
T-2:10

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