Blue Raiders Host Auburn, Travel to Michigan State This Weekend

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Coming off two-straight wins over power 5 opponents, Middle Tennessee men’s tennis is set to host Auburn (8-0) on Friday, Feb. 18 at 5:00 p.m. at the Adams Tennis Complex. Then will travel to Michigan State (7-2) on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 11:00 a.m. CT for a match inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
The Blue Raiders are coming off dominating wins over Virginia Tech at home 6-1 and then a road sweep against at Indiana 4-0. Overall, MT has three wins this season over power 5 schools.
No. 61 Senior Stijn Slump was named the Feb. 16 Conference USA Athlete of the Week, the Havelte, Netherlands product went 2-0 on singles court No. 1 last week, including a ranked win over #70 Ryan Fishback of VT.
Out of the five weekly awards named this season, Middle Tennessee has claimed three. Slump (Feb. 16), Francisco Rocha (Feb. 9), and Oskar Brostrom Poulsen (Jan. 26).
Heading into the weekend, Graduate Student Chris Edge has won five-straight singles matches on the third court. In doubles, paired with Graduate Student Stepan Holis, they sit at 10-1 as a duo.
Head Coach Jimmy Borendame recently moved the duo of Rocha and Brostrom Poulsen to the Blue Raider top court in doubles. In finished matches, they have won eight-straight for MT including a 6-4 ranked win over #17 Jordan Chrysostom and Fishback.

Freshman John Chin moved into the singles lineup last weekend, the Mandeville, Jamaica native earned his first career win over a P5 opponent. With the win, Chin moves to 5-0 on the singles front this season.
Promotions – “Pink Match”
– MT men’s tennis will be wearing pink attire to support Breast Cancer Awareness
– Beer and Wine sales sponsored by Boulevard Bar and Grille
– Free MT tennis t-shirts
– Kroger cookies giveaway
Match 13: Middle Tennessee (9-3, 1-0 C-USA) vs. Auburn (8-0, 0-0 SEC)
– Friday, Feb. 18 – 5:00 p.m. CT
– Adams Tennis Complex
– Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Match 14: Middle Tennessee (9-3, 1-0 C-USA) vs. Michigan State (7-2, 0-0 Big 10)
– Sunday, Feb. 20  – 11:00 a.m. CT 
– MSU Indoor Tennis Facility
– East Lansing, Mich.
All-time vs. Auburn
– Friday’s matchup will be the ninth meeting between Auburn and Middle Tennessee, the Tigers own a commanding 7-1 record over the Blue Raiders.
– This will be Auburn’s first trip to Murfreesboro in program history
All-time vs. Michigan State
– Sunday’s match will be the third meeting between the Spartans and MT, the series is knotted up at one win apiece.
– For the first time in program history, the Blue Raiders men’s tennis will travel to East Lansing
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