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Tennis squads head for Sun Belt Championships

Men No. 1 seed, women No. 6 seed

April 16, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's men's and women's tennis squads head to Lafayette, La., this weekend, for the Sun Belt Conference Championships, which begin Thursday, April 18 and end on Sunday, April 21. 

Middle Tennessee's men's tennis earned the No. 1 seed as the Blue Raiders will chase their third straight SBC title.  Head coach Jimmy Borendame is also two-time defending Sun Belt Coach of the Year.

The Blue Raiders (18-7, 2-0 SBC) earned a first-round bye, and will face the winner of No. 4 seed Louisiana and No. 5 seed Florida Atlantic on Friday at 2 p.m.  Other top seeds on the men's side are No. 2 South Alabama and No. 3 Georgia State.

Junior Ben Davis leads the Blue Raiders with a 13-9 Flight 1 singles record, while six of the nine Blue Raiders hold winning records in dual singles play.  Victor Cornea is 16-8 in singles play this season, while David Fox (18-5) and Ettore Zito (18-6) boast impressive records as well.

Christoph Lang, who took last week off, has played a majority of matches in the No. 2 spot, and holds a 13-9 dual record.

On the doubles side, Davis and Cornea (11-4) are ranked No. 62 in the latest ITA rankings, and will likely serve as the Flight 1 doubles pair.  Lang and Fox have paired in Flight 3 doubles, and are 10-2 for the season.

Middle Tennessee women's tennis earned the No. 6 seed for the SBC Championship and will take on No. 11 Arkansas State in the first round on Thursday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. at Red Lerille's Athletic Club.

The Blue Raiders completed the 2013 season with a 10-11 mark and were 3-4 against SBC competition. Arkansas State and MT met earlier this month with the Raiders dominating the contest, 6-1.

The winner of the first round match will take on No. 3 seed Troy on Friday at 11:30 a.m. Other top seeds include No. 1 North Texas, No. 2 Georgia State and No. 4 South Alabama.

Junior Flavia Nagayama leads the Blue Raiders with a 15-6 record singles record, with 14 of those wins coming at the four spot.

Senior Carla Nava has been strong for MT at the five position, boasting a perfect 11-0 mark. Nayara Moraes has boasted a 12-6 overall record this spring, while true freshman Irina Constantinide has notched 10 wins. In doubles action, Irina Constantine and Moraes have combined for a team-best seven victories.

Results of this weekend's matches will be available online at GoBlueRaiders.com.

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