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2005-2006 Men's Tennis Roster


Rishan Kuruppu

Class: r-SR
Height: 5-10
Weight: 162 pounds
Previous School: Windsor HS
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

2005-06 (Senior)
Fall: Posted 5-6 singles mark, starting the season slow after not playing for more than a year but finishing with three wins in final five matches ... Won once at both MT Invitational and UVA Invitational ... Lost in three sets to Tennessee's Kiril Tcherveniachki at Georgia Tech Invitational but bounced back to win three-setter over Georgia State's Anze Cevka ... Won twice at ITA Southeast Regional, including victory over Tennessee's 109th-ranked Bobby Cameron before falling in Round of 32 to teammate Andreas Siljestrom ... Compiled 4-4 mark in doubles with Greg Pollack ... Won twice at MT Invitational before falling to teammates Allan-Schledorn in semifinals ... Won once at both UVA Invitational and Southeast Regional.

2004-05
Did not play entire season, first suffering from a broken wrist in the fall and then an ailing back in the spring.

2003-04 (Junior)
Fall: Posted 12-5 singles mark, ending fall on four-match winning streak ... Won trio of straight set decisions before falling to teammate Kai Schledorn in finals of MT Invitational ... Won final two matches in Seminole Classic and first two in prequalifying for All-American Championships ... Defeated LSU's Colt Gaston before dropping three-set decision to 67th-ranked Matias Ormaza of Georgia at Region III Championships ... Dropped first match at Beau Holton Memorial Invitational before winning next four to win consolation draw ... Picked up eight doubles victories, all with freshman Andreas Siljestrom ... Won all four matches to win Flight One at MT Fall Invitational ... Tallied two wins at Seminole Classic and one each at Region III Championships and Beau Holton Memorial Invitational. Spring: Enjoyed the most successful year statistically of any Blue Raider, posting 24-11 overall singles mark and 16-9 overall doubles record ... Had 12-6 mark in dual match singles, playing all but two matches at Nos. 5 and 6 ... Had four three-match winning streaks and 4-1 mark in three-set matches ... Posted 2-0 mark at No. 4 and 6-2 record at No. 6 ... Defeated Belmont's Matt Fitzpatrick and Juan Pablo Di Cesare of Ole Miss at No. 4 ... Won his final three matches of the year, all at No. 6 and in the Sun Belt Championships ... Had 8-5 dual match doubles record, teaming with Andreas Siljestrom until an ankle injury slowed him late in the season ... Posted wins in first three matches of spring and also had four-match winning streak ... Did not play doubles in month of April, concentrating solely on singles.

2002-03 (Sophomore)
Fall: Won first match of MT Invitational over Western Kentucky's Stanislaus Rabinovics ... Lost pair of three-setters at Charles Fluitt Invitational and lost to Butler's Kevin Gill in prequalifying for All-American Championships ... Won three of four matches at Tulane Invitational in Flight Two ... Went 2-1 with Michael Staniak in doubles at MT Invitational ... Also won two of three with Greg Pollack in doubles at Tulane Invitational. Spring: Struggled through spring season, picking up just three wins in 16 matches ... Played mostly Nos. 4 and 5 singles ... Defeated Chattanooga's Dustin Kane, Jarrad Bunt of Arkansas-Little Rock and Trevor McLeod of Georgia Tech ... Posted 1-4 mark in doubles, picking up lone victory with Greg Pollack.

2002 (Freshman)
Spring: Entered school in January after originally signing with the Blue Raiders in the spring of 2001 ... Posted three wins in singles and four more in doubles in limited action ... Had consecutive wins over Fresno State's Vinny Owens and Louisiana-Lafayette's Bobby Hawkins ... Also defeated North Carolina State's Shane Sealy ... Won first four doubles matches of year, one with Greg Pollack and three with Trevor Short, before dropping final two.

High School: Graduated from Windsor HS in North Vancouver ... Received the National Sportsmanship Award as one of the top five players in Canada ... Ranked No. 1 in the British Columbia provincial U-18 rankings.

Personal: Rishan Andre Kuruppu ... Son of Rari and Donna Kuruppu ... Born March 24, 1983 ... Majoring in Finance ... Father was a six-time national champion in badminton and ranked in the Top 10 in the world.