Blue Raiders open home outdoor play Saturday

Match set for 2 p.m. at Buck Bouldin Tennis Center

March 9, 2012 · Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The No. 71 Middle Tennessee men’s tennis team returns to Murfreesboro for its outdoor home opener as the Blue Raiders host IUPUI on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center.

Middle Tennessee (6-5) enters the match fresh off defeating No. 58 UTSA on Tuesday in San Antonio, Texas, closing its Texas road trip with a 2-2 record. IUPUI comes to town with a record of 6-11 overall, 2-0 in the Summit League. The Jaguars went 2-1 last weekend, knocking off Oral Roberts and UMKC before falling to Wright State on Sunday.

Ben Davis leads the Blue Raiders as the squad’s ace in singles competition. He has posted a 6-4 record this spring after going 8-4 during the fall season. Meanwhile Christoph Lang has gotten off to a strong start in his freshman campaign. The Vienna, Austria, native has amassed an 8-3 record in dual play, including going 4-0 out of the No. 3 slot.

Matthew Langley and Ettore Zito have helped guide Middle Tennessee on the doubles courts. The duo is coming off a thrilling comeback win against UTSA to clinch the doubles point, which ended up deciding the overall match.

IUPUI is propelled by junior Joel Modesitt. He went 2-0 in both singles and doubles play in the squad’s two conference matches last weekend, earning him Summit League Player of the Week honors.

All Middle Tennessee home tennis matches are free to attend. Live stats will be provided on GoBlueRaiders.com for those unable to attend.

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