MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Tennessee State men’s tennis team lost by a 7-0 final score versus nationally ranked Middle Tennessee on the road at the Adams Tennis Complex on Saturday evening.
MTSU, which is ranked No. 50 in the latest ITA National Rankings, won the doubles point before earning wins in the six singles matches.
“The guys played pretty well today,” TSU Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “We played a nationally ranked team. We competed well and gained more experience before we start conference play soon. We still have a very young team and lots of work to do.”
In doubles, Amir Daniel (Atlanta, Ga.) and Daniel Bernal (Bogota, Colombia) put up a challenge at the top doubles spot, falling by a 6-3 final score to Gonzalo Morell and Ayed Zatar Cordero. In another close match, Kyle Burton (Madison, Tenn.) and Grant Maddox (Greenbrier, Tenn.) were down 5-4 at No. 2 doubles in a match that went unfinished.
Bernal was competitive at the No. 1 singles match in a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Dima Zyhmantovich, while Jorge Rodriguez (Bogota, Tenn.) lost by scores of 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.
TSU is back in action on March 5 on the road at Rhodes in Memphis, Tenn.
1. Gonzalo Morell/Ayed Zatar Cordero (MT) def. DANIEL, Amir/BERNAL, Daniel (TSU) 6-3
2. Gian Issa/Miguel Negre (MT) vs. BURTON, Kyle/MADDOX, Grant (TSU) 5-4, unfinished
3. Dima Zyhmantovich/Luis Morillo Diaz (MT) def. NAUTIYAL, Shashank/RODRIGUEZ, Jorge (TSU) 6-2
1. Dima Zyhmantovich (MT) def. BERNAL, Daniel (TSU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Ayed Zatar Cordero (MT) def. NAUTIYAL, Shashank (TSU) 6-0, 6-4
3. Gian Issa (MT) def. RODRIGUEZ, Jorge (TSU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Luis Morillo Diaz (MT) def. BURTON, Kyle (TSU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Robin Riethmueller (MT) def. MADDOX, Grant (TSU) 6-0, 6-1
6. Michael Apple (MT) def. DANIEL, Amir (TSU) 6-0, 6-0