No. 53 Blue Raiders sweep Louisiana, advance to title match
MT makes second straight appearance in finals against South AlabamaApril 21, 2012 · Athletic Communications
"I'm extremely proud of our team for advancing to the championship finals for the second year in a row," head coach Jimmy Borendame said. "It says a lot about the consistency of this team. They haven't let up since the season began and their success has carried into the tournament."
No. 70 Louisiana (15-8) took the first doubles victory when Ragin’ Cajuns’ Rick DeGroot and Carlin Murray grabbed an 8-5 win on court one over Yannick Born and Marlon Brand. The No. 3 Blue Raider tandem of Ettore Zito and Matt Langley then shut down Damian Farinola and Jarred Wynan, 8-1 on court three. The all-conference duo of Ben Davis and Christoph Lang clinched the doubles point for MT with an 8-5 victory over Brandon Farine and Yannick Mandl at the No. 2 position.
Ahead 1-0, the Blue Raiders (18-7) dominated in singles play on the first three courts. All-conference selection Davis grabbed the first singles victory with a 6-2, 6-3 win over DeGroot at the No. 1 position, followed by Lang’s 6-0, 6-4 win over Mandl on court three to put Middle Tennessee ahead 3-0.
Langley came through at the No. 2 position with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Murray to clinch the match for the Blue Raiders.
Sunday's championship final will be a rematch of the last season's, where the Blue Raiders defeated the Jaguars, 4-3. The two teams also met earlier this season, with MT claiming a 4-0 win on April 1. To follow the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Men’s Tennis Championships, visit the Championship Central page or follow along on Twitter (@MTAthletics and @The_Sun_Belt) and Facebook (facebook.com/theSunBeltConference).
Radio Tennis will be broadcasting the matches throughout the championships free online at radiotennis.com.
#53 Middle Tennessee 4, #70 Louisiana 0
1. Ben Davis (MT) def. Rick DeGroot (ULL) 6-2, 6-3
2. Matthew Langley (MT) def. Carlin Murray (ULL) 6-4, 6-3
3. Christoph Lang (MT) def. Yanick Mandl (ULL) 6-0, 6-4
4. Ettore Zito (MT) vs. Ted Nilsson (ULL) 7-5, 5-3, unfinished
5. Forrest Edwards (MT) vs. Damian Farinola (ULL) 7-5, 2-1, unfinished
6. Dimitri Pippos (MT) vs. Jarred Wynan (ULL) 6-2, 5-7, 0-1, unfinished
1. Rick DeGroot/Carlin Murray (ULL) def. Yannick Born/Marlon Brand (MT) 8-5
2. Ben Davis/Christoph Lang (MT) def. Brandon Farine/Yanick Mandl (ULL) 8-5
3. Ettore Zito/Matthew Langley (MT) def. Damian Farinola/Jarred Wynan (ULL) 8-1
Louisiana 15-8; National ranking #70
Middle Tennessee 18-7; National ranking #53
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