Blue Raiders Escape with Narrow Victory against Tigers, 4-3, on Friday in Murfreesboro
April 10, 2010
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Alex McCann's three-set victory at No. 6 singles sent the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders past the Memphis Tigers, 4-3, on Friday evening at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 9-10 on the season.
McCann, a senior for the Blue Raiders from Zanesville, Ohio, took the first set over Michael Gaerthoeffner in a tiebreaker 7-6 (8-6). The Memphis netter took the second set from his opponent but McCann came back to take the third set and the match. With the loss, Gaerthoeffner falls to 12-7 on the year. The native of Rheine, Germany, continues to lead the U of M in singles wins on the season.
Middle Tennessee came out from the onset in the match and took a 1-0 lead by sweeping the doubles matches against the Tigers.
The match at No. 3 doubles was called due to the doubles was called due to the doubles point having already been secured by the Blue Raiders.
In singles, Henry, a sophomore from Signal Mountain, Tenn., picked up a win by default over Cowden of MTSU at the No. 2 slot. Henry improves to 9-9 in his second season in the Bluff City.
Ramsay, a senior from Chattanooga, Tenn., won in three sets, 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-4, against Langley. Ramsay improves to 9-8 in his senior season for the Tigers.
Taylor picked up another singles win for Memphis, 6-4, 6-3, at the No. 5 spot over Wishing. Taylor is 10-4 on the year in singles.
The Memphis Tigers will wrap up the weekend in Murfressboro with two more matches. Memphis will face Chattanooga on Saturday at 1 p.m., and North Florida on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Middle Tennessee 4, Memphis 3