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Siljestrom Wins Twice More to Make Regional Finals

October 16, 2005 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's Andreas Siljestrom won two more matches Sunday to reach the finals of the Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional in Memphis, Tenn.

Siljestrom, ranked 57th nationally in singles, defeated Alabama's 32nd-ranked Joseph Jung, 7-6 (2), 7-5, in the quarterfinals Sunday morning and then took care of South Florida's Dirk Britzen, 6-2, 6-3, in the semifinals.

Siljestrom came become just the second Middle Tennessee player ever to win the Southeast Regional men's singles title. Blue Raider great Fred Niemeyer won the title in 1996 at Vanderbilt.

"Andreas played well enough to win [against Jung], and played maybe as well as he has played in the semifinal," head coach Dale Short said. "Winning the All-American in doubles gave him some confidence in singles to win at this level. He really struggled the most in first round but pulled through and has played better and better with each match."

Siljestrom will take on the winner of the other semifinal between a pair of Ole Miss players, 43rd-ranked Erling Tveit and 110th-ranked Eric Claesson, at 10 a.m. Monday at the Racquet Club of Memphis.

Brandon Allan and Kai Schledorn, ranked eighth in the country in doubles and the top seed in the tournament, won their opening match late Saturday afternoon over Central Florida's Tarek Ben Soltane and Brock Sakey, 8-1. But the duo dropped their second match Saturday night, 8-3, to James Spence and Alex Jago of Memphis.

Greg Pollack and Kuruppu lost 8-5 to Tennessee's Kaden Hensel and Ben Rogers late Saturday.

Full results from the tournament may be found at http://tournaments.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=44010. The Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional is the qualifying tournament for the ITA National Indoor Championships, set for November 3-6 in Columbus, Ohio.

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