Siljestrom-Born Upset Nation's No. 1 Team

October 7, 2005 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's Andreas Siljestrom and Marco Born won twice Friday, including an upset of the nation's top-ranked doubles team, at the Polo Ralph Lauren ITA All-American Championships at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Siljestrom-Born, ranked 10th nationally, defeated Virginia Tech's Nicolas Delgado and Arvid Puranen, 8-3, in the Round of 16 in the early afternoon. The duo then won 8-6 in the quarterfinals over the No. 1-ranked LSU tandem of Ken Skupski and Mark Growcott.

"The guys have really made the adjustments we've been working on the last two weeks and have played really well," head coach Dale Short said. "When they serve well, they can stay with anyone, and they have been serving very well in the three matches. I just hope we can follow through again [Saturday] against another tough team."

The Middle Tennessee twosome takes on Stanford's 13th-ranked KC Corkery and James Pade at Noon on the University of Tulsa campus. They are just two wins away from claiming the school's third All-American title and second in doubles. Daniel Klemetz claimed the singles crown in 2002, and the duo of David McNamara and Julius Robberts won the doubles title in 1997.

In other doubles action, the eighth-ranked Middle Tennessee tandem of Brandon Allan and Kai Schledorn lost in the Round of 16 to Ball State's Matt Baccarani and Patrick Thompson, 8-6.

Full results from the tournament may be found at www.itatennis.com.

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