No. 71 Middle Tennessee dominates IUPUI

Blue Raiders pick up 7-0 win in outdoor home opener

March 10, 2012 · Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The No. 71 Blue Raider men’s tennis team delivered a dominant 7-0 performance over IUPUI on Saturday afternoon in Middle Tennessee’s outdoor home opener at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center. The Blue Raiders (7-5) swept both doubles and singles action, dropping only one set on the day.

“I was very proud of our all-around effort today,” head coach Jimmy Borendame said. “Our doubles teams played really well and that carried over into singles play, too. I thought Marlon (Brand) and Yannick (Born) did a great job battling it out for the final doubles victory.”

The duos of Matthew Langley/Ettore Zito and Ben Davis/Christoph Lang set the tone early, with impressive 8-2 and 8-3 showings, respectively, to clinch the doubles point for MT. In the top doubles spot, Brand and Born trailed 5-4, but rallied for back-to-back points to take a 6-5 lead before earning the 9-7 victory to complete the doubles sweep of the Jaguars (6-12).

The momentum continued into singles play, as Matthew Langley delivered the first blow with a 6-2, 6-0 performance. Born and Zito then picked up straight-set victories to clinch the match for the Blue Raiders.

Forrest Edwards earned a 6-2, 6-1 win in the six-hole and Christoph Lang won, 6-2, 6-3, in the top slot. Lang has now won six of his last seven singles matches.

Dimitri Pippos fought through a 6-3 defeat in the first set and bounced back with a 7-5 win in the second, then polished off the Jaguars with a 10-6 victory in the super tiebreaker for his third singles victory in the last four contests.

MT remains at home this week with a Thursday match against Belmont. The Blue Raiders and Bruins will square off at 2 p.m. CT at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center. All home matches are free and open to the public.

#71 Middle Tennessee 7, IUPUI 0
Singles competition
1. Christoph Lang (MT) def. Nick Volz (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-3
2. Matthew Langley(MT) def. Chase Emerson (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-0
3. Ettore Zito (MT) def. Ivan Mojsejev (IUPUI) 6-1, 6-1
4. Dimitri Pippos (MT) def. Armaan Choudhary (IUPUI) 3-6, 7-5, 10-6
5. Yannick Born (MT) def. Deon Shafer (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-1
6. Forrest Edwards (MT) def. Joel Modesitt (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Marlon Brand/Yannick Born (MT) def. Patrick O'Neill/Luke Bielawski (IUPUI) 9-7
2. Ben Davis/Christoph Lang (MT) def. Nick Volz/Joel Modesitt (IUPUI) 8-3
3. Ettore Zito/Matthew Langley (MT) def. Deon Shafer/Louis Sacks (IUPUI) 8-2

Match Notes
IUPUI 6-12
Middle Tennessee 7-5; National ranking #71
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,5,3,6,1,4)

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