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Blue Raiders welcome teams from five states for Sun Belt Shootout

MT will face Austin Peay Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

March 30, 2012 · Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee men’s tennis is set to host the Sun Belt Shootout this weekend, welcoming in seven teams from five different states to take part in the two-day tournament. Austin Peay, DePaul, Florida Atlantic, No. 71 Georgia State, No. 57 South Alabama, Southern Illinois and Troy, along with the Blue Raiders, form this year’s tournament field.

MT (8-6) will face Austin Peay (7-5) in the opening round of the tournament Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center. The Blue Raiders have won three of their last four matches, falling to 30th-ranked Memphis in their last outing on Saturday. Ben Davis continues to lead MT in the top slot and is the league’s reigning player of the week after earning a 7-6, 6-3 win over the Tigers’ top player. Davis has won three of his last four singles matches and is 16-8 this year, including an 8-4 dual mark.

Christoph Lang also has been solid since joining the Blue Raiders in January, posting a 12-5 singles mark with a 10-4 dual record. Lang has won seven of his last nine singles matches while he and Davis have teamed up to win three of their last four in doubles.

The Governors are led by Sean Bailey and Jasmin Ademovic. Bailey holds a 13-4 singles record with a 9-2 dual mark, having won six in a row and 10 of his last 11. Ademovic has won three straight in singles and is 11-5 overall, including 7-3 in dual action.

The winner of the MT-APSU matchup will face the winner of the match between No. 71 Georgia State and Troy on Saturday at 3 p.m. The championship will be held on Sunday at noon. Matches will take place at both the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center and Old Fort Park. For a complete bracket with times and teams, click here. Live stats will be available for all MT matches.

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