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Men's Tennis tripped up versus San Diego

Cornea picks up lone victory to avoid sweep

March 15, 2013 · @MTAthletics

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Coming off of an impressive win over then-No. 55 Cal Poly, Middle Tennessee faltered in its second spring break match-up, dropping a 6-1 contest against No. 51 University of San Diego.

MT (11-6) won just one doubles and one singles match, while USD (7-4) won the first six points in the dual.

Christoph Lang and David Fox teamed up for No. 3 doubles, and defeated Victor Pugliese and Ciaran Fitzgerald, 8-2, after Yannick Born and Marlon Brand fell in Flight 1 doubles, 8-2.

USD clinched the doubles points when Uros Petronijevoc and Romain Kalaydjian were victorious over MT's Victor Cornea and Ben Davis, 8-4.

In singles, Cornea picked up the Blue Raiders' lone point in the fifth flight.  He battled Pugliese to the third set, but eventually won, 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9). 

The other third set match occurred in Flight 2, where Lang fell, 4-6, 7-5, 0-1 (7-10), to Kalaydjian.

Still, despite the outcome, MT was in several matches, as Born dropped a 6-7 (4-7), 2-6 decision to No. 94 Clarke Spinosa, and Ettore Zito battled Petronijevoc to a 4-6, 6-7 (5-7) loss.

Davis dropped his No. 1 singles bout against Thibaut Visy, 1-6, 2-6, while Fox fell, 5-7, 2-6, in Flight 6 singles to Fitzgerald.

MT closes out its spring break trip with a 1 p.m. CT dual against UC-Irvine.  

#51 San Diego 6, #42 Middle Tennessee 1
Mar 15, 2013 at University of San Diego

Singles competition
1. Thibaut Visy (USD) def. Davis, Ben (MT) 6-1, 6-2
2. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Lang, Christoph (MT) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7)
3. #94 Clarke Spinosa (USD) def. Born, Yannick (MT) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
4. Uros Petronijevoc (USD) def. Zito, Ettore (MT) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Cornea, Victor (MT) def. Victor Pugliese (USD) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9)
6. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) def. Fox, David (MT) 7-5, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Clarke Spinosa/Thibaut Visy (USD) def. Born, Yannick/Brand, Marlon (MT) 8-2
2. Uros Petronijevoc/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. #58 Cornea, Victor/Davis, Ben (MT) 8-4
3. Lang, Christoph/Fox, David (MT) def. Victor Pugliese/Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) 8-2

Match Notes
Middle Tennessee 11-6; National ranking #42
San Diego 7-4; National ranking #51
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,6,2,4,5)

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