Blue Raiders solid again in second day of Dale Short Shootout

MT takes seven of nine matches from UAB

September 21, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee men's tennis team took seven of nine matches from Conference USA opponent UAB on the second day of the Dale Short Shootout on a soggy Saturday at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center.

The Blue Raiders won five of six singles matches and two of the three doubles tilts on the afternoon, in an event delayed by rain. The Blazers, who the Blue Raiders will see in Conference USA play in the spring, fell to eventual champion Memphis in the 2013 Conference USA Championships.

"Our overall play was better today," said head men's tennis coach Jimmy Borendame, "but I have challenged the guys to improve our mental awareness. I expect us to be even sharper tomorrow and in the future. I have been impressed with the sharp play of Vic and Foxy so far. I have seen big jumps in their games since last spring and I am excited to see what they can do this season."

Victor Cornea had a solid showing at No. 1 singles for the second day in a row, winning in straight sets (6-4, 7-6 (5-0)) against UAB's Rafael Rondino.

Ettore Zito rebounded from a singles loss Friday to defeat the Blazers' Donovan McSeveny at No. 2 singles (6-2, 6-1). David Fox won again at No. 3, downing Mitchell Martell (6-2, 6-3).

Yannick Born bested Luiz Felipe Pinto at No. 5, also in straight sets (7-6 (5-0), 6-4). Aaron Jumonville won for the second day in a row in his first weekend of collegiate action, defeating Matthew Hill at No. 6 (6-3, 7-6 (12-0)).

Christoph Lang was the only Blue Raider to fall in singles play, dropping the No. 4 decision to Lucas Dirube (6-4, 6-7 (0-5), 7-5).

In doubles action, Lang and Fox teamed up at No. 1 to beat McSeveny and Martell, 8-6. Zito and Jumonville won, 8-2, at No. 3 over the Blazers team of Pinto and Hill. Born and Cornea fell at No. 2 to Rondino and Dirube, 8-5.

The Blue Raiders return to action Sunday for the final day of the Dale Short Shootout. Middle Tennessee is slated to take the court at 1:30 p.m.

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