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2004-2005 Men's Tennis Roster


Rishan Kuruppu

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

2004-05 (Senior)
Fall: Did not play entire fall schedule because of a broken wrist.

2003-04 (Junior)
Fall: Posted 12-5 mark, ending fall on four match winning streak ... Won trio of straight set decisions before falling to teammate Kai Schledorn in finals of MT Fall Invitational ... Won final two matches in Seminole Fall Classic and first two in prequalifying at All-American Championships before losing in Round of 64 ... 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 final to win consolation draw ... Picked up eight doubles victories, all with freshman Andreas Siljestrom ... Won all four matches to win Flight I at MT Fall Invitational ... Tallied two wins at Seminole Fall Classic and one each at Region III Championships and Beau Holton Memorial Invitational.

Spring: Junior who enjoyed the most successful year statistically of any Blue Raider, posting 24-11 singles mark and 16-9 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 in 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 doubles dual match 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 to Murray State's Marek Pawelec and Eastern Kentucky's John Kellert ... Lost to Butler's Kevin Gill in prequalifying at All-American Championships ... Won three of four matches at Tulane Invitational in Flight 2, defeating Chris Walker of Southern Miss, Louisiana-Lafayette's Blake Crauder and teammate Greg Pollack ... Went 2-1 with Michael Staniak in doubles at MT Invitational ... Also won two of three with Pollack in doubles at Tulane Invitational.

Spring: Struggled through spring season, picking up just three wins in 16 matches ... Played mostly No. 4 or 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 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.