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Raiders add three to Men's Tennis squad

Fernandez, Reithmueller and Zyhmantovich Join MT for 2014-15

July 8, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee men's tennis head coach Jimmy Borendame announced the addition of Miguel Negre Fernandez (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) and Norfolk State transfers Dima Zyhmantovich (Minsk, Belarus) and Robin Reithmueller (Balingen, Germany) to the 2014 spring roster.

"This group of three new guys along with Gian Issa are huge additions for our program. They all have a positive attitude and are 100% committed to the team. I can't wait to work with this group," Borendame was thrilled to say.

Fernandez, an incoming freshman, graduated from All Saints' Academy in Winter Haven, Florida where he was the No. 3 Singles Class 1A State Champion and the No. 2 Doubles State Champion in 2014. In 2013 Fernandez grabbed the Mallorca Championship Crown.

"Miguel is a very dangerous player. He is very athletic and has a big left-handed serve," Borendame said. "This summer so far, he was won three consecutive Regional Spanish Tournaments.

He has not even lost a match yet this summer. He has a ton of up-side and he is only starting to scratch at his potential. I am looking forward to seeing his game develop further."

Zyhmantovich comes to MT after a stand out sophomore season at Norfolk State where he landed MEAC Player of the Year and First Team accolades. His freshman season with the Spartans he was named the MEAC Rookie of the Year.

"Dima comes to Middle Tennessee with two years of experience playing No. 1 and No. 2 singles and is clearly a winner based on his very strong win-loss record," Borendame remarked. "He will be a rock in the middle to top of the lineup for us. He is a worker and a grinder, I am looking forward to having him complete for the Blue Raiders."

Reithmueller, garnered MEAC First Team All-Conference honors in his freshman season at Norfolk State and second team honors his sophomore year.

"Robin has won a lot of matches over the past year and half. This past year, he played through a serious injury yet still managed to win big matches for his team," Borendame said. ""Robin is a fiery competitor with lots of fight. He is the ultimate team player. He will have a huge impact on our team dynamics and our team's ability to keep momentum during dual matches."

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