Peers guides Blue Raiders against ETSU

Junior wins singles and doubles matches

March 28, 2010 · MT Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - John Peers guided the Blue Raiders on Sunday afternoon winning both his singles and doubles matches in a 4-1 loss to No. 60 East Tennessee State.

Peers and junior Kyle Wishing paired up to defeat Grega Teraz and Charles Bottoni 8-3. The Buccaneers won the next two doubles matches to take the point and a 1-0 lead in the match.

"ETSU is ranked 60th in the country and is a good solid team. Again we had chances and unfortunately that is probably the most disappointing thing at the moment. One highlight from today is John continues to get better and is playing for a berth into the NCAA Singles Tournament in Athens, Ga., in May," head coach David McNamara said

ETSU's Bottoni defeated sophomore Matthew Langley 6-0, 6-1 to begin singles action.

Peers, ranked 43, then defeated No. 97 Teraz 6-3, 6-3 to cut the Buccaneer lead to one, 2-1.

Senior Victor Melo fell 6-3, 6-4 to Sander Gille and Wishing lost his match 6-3, 6-2 to Jesus Bandres.

Middle Tennessee will be back in action next weekend, April 2-4, when it competes in the Sun Belt Shootout hosted by Troy University. The Blue Raiders have played host to the same tournament the previous two seasons.

"Individually our guys are getting better and I am looking forward to next week to see our conference competition. We will have a great understanding of where we are as a team after the Sun Belt Shootout," McNamara said.

#60 East Tennessee State 4, Middle Tennessee 1

1. #43 John Peers (MT) def. #97 Grega Teraz (ETSU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Sander Gille (ETSU) def. Victor Melo (MT) 6-3, 6-4
3. Richard Cowden (MT) vs. Daniel Isaza (ETSU) 6-3, 6-7 (5-0), 4-4, unfinished
4. Charles Bottoni (ETSU) def. Matthew Langley (MT) 6-0, 6-1
5. Shaun Waters (MT) vs. Juan Ramirez (ETSU) 1-6, 4-1, unfinished
6. Jesus Bandres (ETSU) def. Kyle Wishing (MT) 6-3, 6-2

1. John Peers/Kyle Wishing (MT) def. Grega Teraz/Charles Bottoni (ETSU) 8-3
2. Sander Gille/Jesus Bandres (ETSU) def. Victor Melo/Matthew Langley (MT) 8-6
3. Daniel Isaza/Robin Akser (ETSU) def. Richard Cowden/Shaun Waters (MT) 8-4

Match Notes:
East Tennessee State 9-7; National ranking #60
Middle Tennessee 4-15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,1,2,6)

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