Men's Tennis Falls Short in Upset Bid
April 10, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Despite appearing to have a shot at an upset over a top 25 team in the national rankings, the University of Memphis men's tennis team (11-10) came up just short in a 5-1 loss to No. 23 Middle Tennessee at the Varsity Courts on the U of M campus, Sunday.
Middle Tennessee jumped out to an early lead, 1-0, after winning the No. 2 doubles match, 8-5, then winning both the No. 1 and 3 doubles matches in a tiebreak, 9-8.
The score became 2-0 Middle Tennessee when Andreas Siljestrom downed Alex Bucewicz at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-4. At the time of Siljestrom's win, Memphis was up a set in four other singles matches, but could not put away the Blue Raiders.
Senior Marten Tamla scored what would be Memphis' only point with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win at No. 3 singles before Anant Sitaram gave Middle Tennessee its third point with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Alex Jago at No. 4 singles. But Greg Pollack (at No. 6) and Brandon Allan (at No. 5) would force third sets with second set victories after first set losses, while Marco Born came back from a 6-3 first set loss to win a pair of thrillers, 7-6 (10) and 7-6 (4) over James Spence at No. 2. Pollack and Memphis' Scott Felsenthal would not finish their No. 6 match after splitting two sets since the two were former prep teammates at White Station in Memphis and the match had already been decided.
Memphis will wrap its 2005 spring home schedule against UALR, Wednesday, beginning at 2 p.m. It will be just the second home match of the year the Tigers will be able to play outdoors after rain forced two previous matches inside. The UALR match will also mark the final home match for seniors Alex Bucewicz, Scott Felsenthal, Mark Finnegan, Andrew Olswing and Marten Tamla.
No. 23 Middle Tennessee 5, No. 73 Memphis 1
No. 1 - No. 18 Andreas Siljestrom/Marco Born (MT) def. Scott Felsenthal/James Spence (UM), 9-8
No. 2 - Brandon Allan/Kai Schledorn (MT) def. Alex Bucewicz/Marten Tamla (UM), 8-5
No. 3 - Greg Pollack/Anant Sitaram (MT) def. Mark Finnegan/Alex Jago (UM), 9-8 (3)
No. 1 - No. 97 Andreas Siljestrom def. No. 101 Alex Bucewicz (UM), 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 - Marco Born def. James Spence (UM), 3-6, 7-6 (10), 7-6 (4)
No. 3 - Marten Tamla (UM) def. Kai Schledorn, 6-2, 7-6 (5)
No. 4 - Anant Sitaram def. Alex Jago (UM), 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 - Brandon Allan def. Mark Finnegan (UM), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 - Scott Felsenthal (UM) vs. Greg Pollack, 6-3, 5-7, 3-2, dnf