Blue Raiders Drop 4-3 DecisionApril 5, 2002 · MT Media Relations
The Blue Raiders dropped to 13-5 on the season, while South Alabama improved to 11-8 for the year.
The visiting Jaguars took the doubles point after being down in the deciding match. The 26th-ranked duo of Oliver Foreman and Robert Gustafsson won at No. 1 for the Blue Raiders, defeating Clinton Jacobs and Christian Thall, 8-3. At No. 3 South Alabama's Kosta Zinchanka and Evan Fowler defeated Michael Staniak and Trevor Short, 8-2, to even the doubles play.
Middle Tennessee's 46th-ranked Daniel Klemetz and Kirk Jackson went ahead 4-3 over Heinrich Heyl and Vincent Baudat, but the South Alabama pairing won five of the last six games to take an 8-5 victory and give the Jaguars the doubles point.
South Alabama won at No. 6 singles, with Jacobs defeating Jackson, 6-3, 6-0, and Heyl won a first-set tiebreaker over Foreman and went on to a 7-6, 6-2 victory.
Staniak kept hopes alive for the Blue Raiders with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 win over Jullien Gillet at No. 4, but Zlatko Stupavsky defeated Greg Pollack in hard-fought match, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Pollack led 3-2 in the final set before Stupavsky won four of the last five games for the victory. The match was Pollack's first singles play for the Blue Raiders since February 5 against Chattanooga.
The Blue Raiders conclude home play Sunday with a 1 p.m. match against Louisiana-Lafayette. Middle Tennessee has Sunday's match and an April 10 tilt at Vanderbilt remaining before the Sun Belt Conference Championships in Mobile, Ala., scheduled for April 19-21.
#39 SOUTH ALABAMA 4, #36 MIDDLE TENNESSEE 3
(14) Daniel Foreman (MT) def. Christian Thall (USA) 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-0
(105) Robert Gustafsson (MT) def. Vincent Baudat (USA) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
Heinrich Heyl (USA) def. Oliver Foreman (MT) 7-6 (4), 6-3
Michael Staniak (MT) def. Jullien Gillet (USA) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1
Zlatko Stupavsky (USA) def. Greg Pollack (MT) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
Clinton Jacobs (USA) def. Kirk Jackson (MT) 6-3, 6-0
1. (26) Foreman-Gustafsson (MT) def. Jacobs-Thall (USA) 8-3
2. Heyl-Baudat (USA) def. (46) Klemetz-Jackson (MT) 8-5
3. Kosta Zinchanka-Evan Fowler (USA) def. Short-Staniak (MT) 8-2
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