Blue Raiders Fall 5-2 to No. 21 Mississippi StateApril 2, 2002 · MT Media Relations
The Blue Raiders jumped out to an early lead by winning all three doubles points. The 56th-ranked duo of Daniel Klemetz and Kirk Jackson won 8-1 at No. 2 before 14th-ranked Oliver Foreman and Robert Gustafsson clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 victory over 18th-rated Romain Ambert and Rene-Charles Combette. MT's Trevor Short and Michael Staniak won 8-6 at No. 3 doubles.
But the homestanding Bulldogs rebounded to win five of the six singles matches, all in straight sets.
Jackson lost 6-2, 6-1 to Max Fomine at No. 6 before Staniak dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision to Luiz Carvalho at No. 3. The 17th-ranked Klemetz claimed the only singles victory for the squad with a 6-2, 6-1 win over 10th-rated Ambert at No. 1, improving Klemetz's mark against ranked players this year to 13-6.
No. 85 Gustafsson lost 6-2, 6-2 to 75th-ranked Combette at No. 2 before MSU's Aymeric Henou clinched the match for the Bulldogs with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Short at No. 5. Jerome Le Belicard defeated Foreman, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 3.
The Blue Raiders host South Alabama and Louisiana-Lafayettte this weekend at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center. Friday's match against USA begins at 2 p.m., while Sunday's match gets underway at 1 p.m.
MATCH NOTES Today marked the 14th meeting between the teams in recorded history (since 1969) and the 12th in the last 12 years ... State now leads the series 14-0 in that period - The win assured State of its 14th consecutive winning season at home - Klemetz' win at No. 1 singles improved his dual match record to 12-1 this season - It marked only the third loss of the year for Ambert in team play (now 13-3) - Combette's win at No. 2 singles was his 11th win in his last 14 matches - Carvalho's win at No. 3 singles was his sixth triumph in seven outings - Fomine broke a four-match losing skid with his win at No. 6 singles - Le Belicard broke an eight-match losing skid with his win at No. 4 singles.
(17) Daniel Klemetz (MT) def. (10) Romain Ambert (MSU), 6-2, 6-1
(75) Rene-Charles Combette (MSU) def. (85) Robert Gustafsson (MT), 6-2, 6-2
Luiz Calvalho (MSU) def. Michael Staniak (MT), 6-2, 6-2
Jerome Le Belicard (MSU) def. Oliver Foreman (MT), 6-2, 6-4
Aymeric Henou (MSU) def. Trevor Short (MT), 6-2, 7-5
Max Fomine (MSU) def. Kirk Jackson (MT), 6-2, 6-1
(14) Foreman-Gustafsson (MT) def. (18) Ambert-Combette (MSU), 8-5
(56) Klemetz-Jackson (MT) def. Fomine-Henou (MSU), 8-1
Short-Staniak (MT) def. Carvalho-Le Belicard (MSU), 8-6
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