MURFREESBORO, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State men’s tennis team dropped Sunday’s match to in-state opponent Middle Tennessee 7-0 at Adams Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
“The team played well. MTSU is the best team we will play this year,” said head coach Monroe Walker. “We competed, but they out played us today. This will show us where we need to get to compete in the conference. We will have a good week of practice to get on track and get ready for Rhodes Saturday.”
To start the afternoon, Shashank Nautiyal and Stefan Koruga put up a strong fight against the Blue Raiders’ Tom Moonen and Chris Edge at No. 1, eventually falling 6-2. MTSU’s momentum continued as they shutout TSU’s Kato Richardson and Larry Sloan at No. 2, 6-0.
The Tigers entered singles action down a point and ready to battle for the next six. Jackson Gwinn played his first dual match for TSU, and lost to Gonzalo Morell Raschiatore, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1. MT continued their stride and won on all six courts.
Big Blue joins the women to host Rhodes at Vanderbilt Saturday, Feb. 3 at 5 p.m.
- Gonzalo Morell R. (MT) def. GWINN, Jackson (TSU) 6-1, 6-2
- Miguel Negre F. (MT) def. SLOAN, Larry (TSU) 6-3, 6-1
- Chris Edge (MT) def. NAUTIYAL, Shashank (TSU) 6-4, 6-1
- Gian Issa (MT) def. KORUGA, Stefan (TSU) 6-1, 6-2
- Nicolas Buitrago M. (MT) def. POPOVIC, Pavle (TSU) 6-4, 6-2
- Luis Morillo Diaz (MT) def. RICHARDSON, Kato (TSU) 6-0, 6-1
- Tom Moonen/Chris Edge (MT) def. NAUTIYAL, Shashank/KORUGA, Stefan (TSU) 6-2
- Miguel Negre F./Gonzalo Morell R. (MT) def. RICHARDSON, Kato/SLOAN, Larry (TSU) 6-0
- Nicolas Buitrago M./Gian Issa (MT) vs. GWINN, Jackson/POPOVIC, Pavle (TSU) 4-2, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,2,4,1,3,5)