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No. 46 Blue Raiders fall to No. 21 Michigan at NCAA tournament

MT finishes season 19-8

May 12, 2012 · Athletic Communications

OXFORD, Miss. - The No. 46 Blue Raider men’s tennis team ended its season with a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the No. 21 Michigan Wolverines on Saturday morning in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center on the campus of Ole Miss. Middle Tennessee finishes the 2012 campaign with a 19-8 record.

“I’m extremely proud of my team and the season we put together,” head coach Jimmy Borendame said. “We fought hard today and if it played out, we had a chance to put some points on the board in the end. But we’ll take this experience, especially with five freshmen on the team, and build on it for next season. With such a strong contingent coming back, we’ll be even better next year.”

"I’m extremely proud of my team and the season we put together."

Michigan claimed the doubles point with wins in the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Ben Davis and Christoph Lang were leading 6-5 on court two before play was halted after the clinching point. 

 The Wolverines took a 2-0 lead in the match after claiming the victory in the No. 5 singles position, with Barrett Franks defeating Dimitri Pippos, 6-1, 6-1. 

 MT continued to battle, forcing a third set in three matches before Michigan claimed the final two points. Christoph Lang won the first set, 6-3, before dropping the second, 2-6, in the third spot. Ettore Zito also dominated in his first set, 6-1, but fell in the second, 5-7. Forrest Edwards bounced back from a 3-6 loss in the first set to take the second, 6-4. All three matches were unfinished, though, as the Wolverines took two more points before any three-setters concluded. 

Matthew Langley, the Blue Raiders’ lone senior, dropped a 6-2, 6-3 decision in the two-hole before Ben Davis’ 6-2, 6-3 defeat to No. 6 Evan King proved to be the clinching point. 

 “I’m really proud of Matthew Langley and all he accomplished during his time here,” Borendame said. “To leave with three Sun Belt championship rings in four years is quite a feat.”

NCAA REGIONAL – OXFORD, MISS. (PALMER/SALLOUM TENNIS CENTER) #21 Michigan 4, #46 Middle Tennessee 0 Singles competition 1. #6 Evan King (UM) def. Ben Davis (MT) 6-2, 6-3 2. Alex Petrone (UM) def. Matt Langley (MT) 6-2, 6-3 3. Christoph Lang (MT) vs. Shaun Bernstein (UM) 6-3, 2-6, 1-2, unfinished 4. Ettore Zito (MT) vs. Michael Zhu (UM) 6-1, 5-7, unfinished 5. Barrett Franks (UM) def. Dimitri Pippos (MT) 6-1, 6-1 6. Forrest Edwards (MT) def. Alex Buzzi (UM) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #29 Evan King/Shaun Bernstein (UM) def. Yannick Born/Marlon Brand (MT) 8-2
2. Ben Davis/Christoph Lang (MT) def. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi (UM) 6-5, unfinished
3. Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (UM) def. Ettore Zito/Matt Langley (MT) 8-4

Match Notes
Middle Tennessee 19-8; National ranking #46
Michigan 18-7; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,2,1)

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