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Blue Raiders down Brown, 4-3

Davis, Lang and Zito earn singles victories

February 11, 2012 · Athletic Communications
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee men’s tennis team claimed a hard-fought 4-3 victory over the Brown Bears on Saturday afternoon at Nashboro Village. The Blue Raiders (3-3) earned the doubles point before picking up three singles wins over Brown (6-1) to take the match.

“This was a great team win,” head coach Jimmy Borendame said. “Everybody contributed in either doubles or singles and did a great job. I’m really proud of Ettore Zito coming through in the clutch. After dropping a tough one against Brown last year, I was impressed at our improvement and the way we handled facing them this year.”

Zito and Matthew Langley teamed up for an 8-5 doubles victory, while Yannick Born and Marlon Brand’s 8-4 win clinched the doubles point.

Christoph Lang won the first singles match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, and Ben Davis also picked up a 6-2, 7-5 win in the No. 1 slot. In the four-hole, Zito had a chance to seal the victory for MT. He took the first set, 6-4, before the second set went into a tie-breaker. Zito pulled away in the tie-breaker, earning a 7-3 win to claim the set, the match and a Blue Raider victory.

MT wraps up the homestand next weekend against ETSU. The two teams will square off at 2 p.m. at Nashboro Village.

Middle Tennessee 4, Brown 3

Singles competition
1. Ben Davis (MT) def. Brandon Burke (BROWN) 6-2, 7-5
2. Soufiane Azarqui (BROWN) def. Matthew Langley (MT) 6-1, 6-1
3. Christoph Lang (MT) def. Mike Hill (BROWN) 6-3, 6-1
4. Ettore Zito (MT) def. Daniel Hirschberg (BROWN) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
5. William Spector (BROWN) def. Forrest Edwards (MT) 6-3, 6-2
6. Same Fife (BROWN) def. Yannick Born (MT) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3)

Doubles competition
1. Soufiane Azarqui/Brandon Burke (BROWN) def. Ben Davis/Christoph Lang (MT) 8-7 (7-4)
2. Yannick Born/Marlon Brand (MT) def. Michael Riechmann/Tom Deighton (BROWN) 8-4
3. Ettore Zito/Matthew Langley (MT) def. Same Fife/Mike Hill (BROWN) 8-5

Match Notes:
Brown, 6-1
Middle Tennessee 3-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,2,1,4,5,6)

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