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No. 35 Blue Raiders pick up key road victory

Defeat No. 55 Cal Poly, 5-2

March 11, 2013 · @MTAthletics

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Middle Tennessee's men's tennis team picked up a key 5-2 road victory over No. 55 Cal Poly on Monday, the first day of its spring break trip.

MT now sits at 11-5 in duals, while CP is 6-4.

The Blue Raiders took the doubles point, winning the second and third flights, and never relinquished the lead.  After Yannick Born and Marlon Brand fell in Flight 1 doubles, Christoph Lang and David Fox defeated Naveen Beasley and Jurgen De Jager, 8-6

The 35th ranked pair of Ben Davis and Victor Cornea then topped CP's Matt Thomson and Marco Comuzzo, 8-5 to clinch the point.

In singles, No. 92 Davis fell in the first match, 1-6, 2-6, to No. 32 Andre Dome, but Born would regain the lead for the Blue Raiders with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Comuzzo in Flight 3 singles.

CP retied the match at 2-2 when Jordan Bridge picked up a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, win over Lang, but the Mustangs wouldn't win another point.

Cornea defeated Derek Klein, 6-4, 6-3 in the fifth flight, while Fox's 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 defeat of Beasley clinched the match for the Blue Raiders.

Ettore Zito won the final match of the day, splitting the first two sets with De Jager, 5-7, 6-2, but ended up with the win after De Jager retired at 2-2 in the third due to injury.

"I'm proud of the guys and how they did today," Head Coach Jimmy Borendame said.  "They picked up a great win over a very strong ranked team on the road."

The Blue Raiders continue their road trip on Friday, March 15 with 1 p.m. CT dual against the University of San Diego.

#35 Middle Tennessee 5, #55 Cal Poly 2

Singles competition
1. #32 Andre Dome (CP) def. #92 Davis, Ben (MT) 6-1, 6-2
2. Jordan Bridge (CP) def. Lang, Christoph (MT) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. Born, Yannick (MT) def. Marco Comuzzo (CP) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
4. Cornea, Victor (MT) def. Derek Klein (CP) 6-4, 6-3
5. Zito, Ettore (MT) def. Jurgen De Jager (CP) 7-5, 2-6, 2-2, retired
6. Fox, David (MT) def. Naveen Beasley (CP) 7-6, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Andre Dome/Jordan Bridge (CP) def. Born, Yannick/Brand, Marlon (MT) 8-4
2. #35 Davis, Ben/Cornea, Victor (MT) def. Matt Thomson/Marco Comuzzo (CP) 8-5
3. Lang, Christoph/Fox, David (MT) def. Naveen Beasley/Jurgen De Jager (CP) 8-6

Match Notes:
Middle Tennessee 11-5; National ranking #35
Cal Poly 6-4; National ranking #55
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,2,4,6,5)

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