Men's Tennis Falls at No. 33 Mississippi State, 5-1
Feb. 19, 2005
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The University of Memphis men's tennis team (3-5 overall), won the doubles point, but lost five of the six singles matches in a 5-1 loss at No. 33 Mississippi State, Saturday. The Tigers' No. 1 team of Scott Felsenthal (Memphis, White Station) and James Spence picked up a 9-7 win at No. 1 doubles, downing the No. 10 doubles team of Luiz Carvalho and Jose-Carlos Pinto. The loss is Memphis' fifth loss to a ranked opponent on the road.
The duo of Mark Finnegan and Alex Jago improved their doubles record to 7-0 with an 8-3 win at No. 3 singles, followed by an 8-4 win from Alex Bucewicz and Marten Tamla at No. 2 doubles to secure the point for Memphis. The Tiger win at No. 1 completed a sweep and sent the Tigers' into the singles matches, up 1-0.
But Mississippi State would strike back with a 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 win at No. 2 singles, followed by a 6-1, 7-6 (3) win at No. 3 to make it 2-1 MSU. Carvalho bounced back from the No. 1 doubles loss to down Bucewicz, 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4 to give the Bulldogs their third point and when Florent Girod downed Mark Finnegan, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4, the Bulldogs had secured the win. Pierre Mouillon downed Felsenthal, 7-6 (1), 6-1 to make the final score 5-1 in MSU's favor.
The Tigers will travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to participate in the Conference USA Shootout, beginning Friday, Nov. 25th. Memphis will face DePaul at 1:30, Friday, with the winner advancing to play top seed and host TCU, Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
No. 33 Mississippi State 5, Memphis 1