No. 56 men's tennis preps for pair of road matches this weekend

Blue Raiders travel to Southern Miss, Tulane

April 5, 2012 · Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - No. 56 Middle Tennessee men’s tennis takes its four-match winning streak on the road this weekend for a pair of matches. The Blue Raiders will travel to Southern Miss Friday and Tulane Saturday, with both matches beginning at 1 p.m.

MT (12-6) is coming off a dominating 7-0 performance over Lipscomb on Wednesday. The Blue Raiders are led by Ben Davis, playing in the top spot with a 19-8 overall and 11-4 dual record. He has won five consecutive singles matches and 11 of his last 13, including five over the top players from ranked opponents. Christoph Lang also has been impressive since joining the Blue Raiders in January, posting a 13-6 overall and 11-5 dual mark. Lang and Davis have teamed to win five of their last six doubles matches in the two-slot.

Southern Miss holds a 2-1 edge in the series, with the last meeting coming in 1996. Tulane is 6-4 against MT, having last played in 2005.

Southern Miss (9-12) has dropped three of its last four matches, including a 5-2 loss to UAB on Sunday. Matt Frost plays in the top spot with a 9-15 overall and 7-9 dual record. Andrew Goodwin statistically holds the best singles record for the Golden Eagles with a 20-7 overall and 17-3 dual mark in the five and six spots.

Tulane (10-8) has won two of its last three matches, knocking off East Carolina, 4-0, on Monday. Idan Mark has spent the majority of the season in the No. 1 spot and has a 15-11 overall and 8-6 dual record. Shaye Wali and Joe Young have split time at the two and three slots, holding dual records of 8-8 and 6-10, respectively.

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