Men's Tennis Comes Back for 5-2 VictoryFebruary 11, 2006 · MT Media Relations
Middle Tennessee (3-1) lost the doubles point early but came back to win with excellent singles play, marked by victories at Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6. Freshman Morgan Richard closed out the match with his fourth straight victory this season.
The Blue Raiders lost the doubles point in gut-wrenching fashion.
Andreas Siljestrom and Marco Born, ranked third nationally, defeated Peter Antons and David Bubenicek, 8-4, at No. 2, very quickly. Siljestrom-Born used an early break to jump ahead and then broke the Hoosiers' duo in the final game to take the victory.
That left the doubles point up to the No. 1 spot, with Blue Raiders Brandon Allan and Kai Schledorn taking on Indiana's Dmytro Ishtuganov and Dara McLoughlin. Both teams got a break early and were back-and-forth throughout until IU broke at 7-all to take the lead.
Serving for the match, the Hoosiers went down Love-40 before storming back to take the game and the match, 9-7, picking up the doubles point.
Middle Tennessee did not linger on the missed opportunities, but instead came out storming in singles.
Born, ranked 97th, played at No. 1 for just the fifth time of his career and played well, defeating Ishtuganov, 6-4, 6-3. Siljestrom, ranked 48th, won 6-3, 7-6 (3) over McLoughlin at No. 2.
IU's Bubenicek defeated Schledorn, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 3, but Kuruppu prevailed at No. 4, 6-2, 6-1, over McCarthy.
Richard clinched the victory for the Blue Raiders with a 6-2, 6-2, triumph over Araud Roussel at No. 5, while Pollack defeated Kendall at No. 6, 6-1, 7-5.
Middle Tennessee heads to Atlanta to take on 29th-ranked Georgia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m. The two teams have split the last four meetings, with each picking up two victories at home.
#39 Middle Tennessee 5, #60 Indiana 2
1. (97) Marco Born (MT) def. Dmytro Ishtuganov (IU), 6-4, 6-3
2. (48) Andreas Siljestrom (MT) def. Dara McLoughlin (IU), 6-3, 7-6 (3)
3. David Bubenicek (IU) def. Kai Schledorn (MT), 6-3, 6-3
4. Rishan Kuruppu (MT) def. Michael McCarthy (IU), 6-2, 6-1
5. Morgan Richard (MT) def. Araud Roussel (IU), 6-2, 6-2
6. Greg Pollack (MT) def. Mak Kendall (IU), 6-1, 7-5
1. Ishtuganov-McLoughlin (IU) def. Brandon Allan-Schledorn (MT), 9-7
2. (3) Born-Siljestrom (MT) def. Peter Antons-Bubenicek (IU), 8-4
3. Kendall-McCarthy (IU) def. Pollack-Kuruppu (MT), 8-6
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