Men's Tennis Takes Out Chattanooga, 6-1

February 5, 2002 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Sophomore Michael Staniak lost the opening set but came back to win in three sets, as the 38th-ranked Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders defeated Chattanooga, 6-1, in men's tennis action Tuesday afternoon at the Racquet Club.

Staniak lost the opening set, 6-2, to Thomas Knizat, but rallied to win the final two sets, 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 3 singles position.

The Blue Raiders (3-0) won all three doubles matches, led at No. 2 by the 34th-ranked duo of Daniel Klemetz and Kirk Jackson, who won 8-0 over Knizat and John Hangstefer. The other two doubles matches were both 8-3 scores, with ninth-ranked Oliver Foreman and Robert Gustafsson defeating Jason Ontog and Tim Kutschera and MT's Greg Pollack and Kishan Kuruppu winning over Kyle True and James Dickerson.

Foreman played No. 1 singles for the Blue Raiders and lost 1-6, 6-7 (5) to Ontog for the Mocs (0-2) only point of the match. Middle Tennessee won the remaining singles matches in straight sets.

Gustafsson took care of Hangstefer, 6-2, 6-4, and Trevor Short won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 4. Jackson defeated Dickerson 6-3, 6-3, and Pollack won 6-4, 6-4 over Alex Mabred in Pollack's first singles action of the season.

Middle Tennessee next plays on January 16 versus North Carolina State at 1 p.m. at the Racquet Club before hosting Indiana the following day at 10 a.m.

Jason Ontog (UTC) def. (102) Oliver Foreman (MT) 6-1, 7-6 (5)
27) Robert Gustafsson (MT) def. John Hangstefer (UTC) 6-2, 6-4
Michael Staniak (MT) def. Thomas Knizat (UTC) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Trevor Short (MT) def. Tim Kutschera (UTC) 6-1, 6-3
Kirk Jackson (MT) def. James Dickerson (UTC) 6-3, 6-3
Greg Pollack (MT) def. Alex Mabred (UTC) 6-4, 6-4

9) Foreman-Gustafsson def. Ontog-Kutschera 8-3
34) Klemetz-Jackson def. Knizat-Hangstefer 8-0
Pollack-Kuruppu def. Dickerson-True 8-3

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