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Men's Tennis No. 48 in final ITA rankings

Six returners provide optimism for 2013-14 season

June 3, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's men's tennis squad was ranked No. 48 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) in the final 2013 outdoor rankings, released May 28. This is the second straight season that MT has finished in the final rankings.

"Overall, the season was a success," head coach Jimmy Borendame said. "Finishing in the National Rankings for two consecutive years is a major accomplishment for the program. We are clearly heading into the right direction as we enter Conference USA."

The Blue Raiders finished the season at 19-8, including wins over Atlantic Coast Conference opponents Virginia Tech and North Carolina State. MT finished second at the Sun Belt Championships in Lafayette, La., last month.

All-in-all, MT had a 5-7 combined record against teams in the final Top 75 rankings, where they faced off against two teams in the Top 25 - Duke (No. 7) and Mississippi State (No. 11).

MT will return all six of its top singles players next season, and will look to senior Ben Davis as the anchor of the program. Davis spent a majority of the season ranked by ITA, and climbed as high as No. 92. He was named to the first team for All-Sun Belt singles and doubles.

Other key returners for the Blue Raiders include Victor Cornea (First-Team All-SBC in doubles), Christoph Lang (All-SBC second team singles and doubles), Ettore Zito (All-SBC second team in singles) and David Fox (All-SBC second team in doubles). Yannick Born is the other returner, and picked up key wins throughout the year, including a match-decisive victory against Louisiana at the SBC Championships.

Aaron Jumonville, from Nashville, signed a National letter of intent earlier this season to join MT in the fall of 2013, and will provide a spark in the lineup as a true freshman. He led Montgomery Bell to the 2012 Tennessee Division II Class AA state title, compiling a record of 13-3 at No. 1 singles.

"Our team will be even stronger next year, as we have all of our top six singles players returning for the next season and it will be the first time that our team will be mostly upperclassmen," Borendame said. "I am looking forward to working with this more mature group. I am expecting some great leaders to emerge from the upperclassmen."

While the playing season is over for MT, the ITA National Indoor draft will be held next Friday, June 7, to determine where MT will play in next year's ITA Kickoff Weekend event. MT will open play in Conference USA next season, where No. 25 Tulsa awaits them as the perennial favorite.

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