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Men's Tennis closes out spring trip with 5-2 victory over UC-Irvine

Hosts MT Shootout in two weeks

March 16, 2013 · @MTAthletics

IRVINE, Calif. - In their final match of a week-long spring break trip, the Blue Raiders men's tennis team defeated UC-Irvine, 5-2, on Saturday at the Anteater Tennis Stadium.

"The guys did a great job of bouncing back from yesterday," head coach Jimmy Borendame said.

No. 42 Middle Tennessee now sits at 12-6 while UCI drops to 3-13.

MT took the doubles point by sweeping all three flights, as the No. 58 ranked doubles pair of Ben Davis and Victor Cornea defeated Ryan Cheung and Jonathan Hammel, 8-6.  

From there, Christoph Lang and David Fox won their Flight 2 match against Jacob Jung and Caryl Herdandez, 8-3, and Yannick Born and Marlon Brand closed out the doubles portion with a 8-5 topping of Jonathan Poon and Tyler Pham.

In the singles portion, MT picked up wins in Flights 1, 4, 5 and 6, starting with Davis' 6-2, 6-2 victory over Cheung.

Jung defeated Lang, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6) in the second flight, and Born fell in the third flight, 6-7 (4-7), 1-6, to Pham.

The Blue Raiders won the remaining matches, as Cornea defeated Hammel, 6-2, 6-1, and Ettore Zito won his Flight 5 match with Hernandez, 6-3, 6-1.

In the final contest of the day, Fox knocked off Poon, 6-4, 6-4.

All-in-all, Borendame considered the trip a success as the Blue Raiders went 2-1 for the week.

"We learned a lot from this week, and have only gotten better here," Borendame said.  "We are going to take a few days off of tennis and do some physical conditioning before we make a run at the MT Shootout in two weeks."

The MT Shootout will take place March 30-31 at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center on MT's campus.  Illinois State, Troy, South Alabama, Georgia State, Elon, DePaul and Florida Atlantic will join the Blue Raiders in the tournament.

#42 Middle Tennessee 5, UC-Irvine 2
Mar 16, 2013 at Irvine, Calif.

Singles competition
1. Davis, Ben (MT) def. Ryan Cheung (UCI) 6-2, 6-2
2. Jacob Jung (UCI) def. Lang, Christoph (MT) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6)
3. Tyler Pham (UCI) def. Born, Yannick (MT) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
4. Cornea, Victor (MT) def. Jonathan Hammel (UCI) 6-2, 6-1
5. Zito, Ettore (MT) def. Caryl Hernandez (UCI) 6-3, 6-1
6. Fox, David (MT) def. Jonathan Poon (UCI) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Davis, Ben/Cornea, Victor (MT) def. Ryan Cheung/Jonathan Hammel (UCI) 8-6
2. Lang, Christoph/Fox, David (MT) def. Jacob Jung/Caryl Hernandez (UCI) 8-3
3. Born, Yannick/Brand, Marlon (MT) def. Jonathan Poon/Tyler Pham (UCI) 8-5

Match Notes
Middle Tennessee 12-6; National ranking #42
UC-Irvine 3-13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,2,3,4,5,6)

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