Murray State men and women advance in OVC Tennis Tournament


WPSD Sports

Paducah, Ky. --- The Murray State men's tennis squad pulled off a first round upset at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament at the Larry Heflin Tennis Center in Paducah, Ky, on Friday afternoon.
The Racers, the no. 6 seed, took down the no. 3 seed Jacksonville State by a 4-1 score.

MSU started the event when they took the doubles point by winning two of the three matches.

The Racers no. 1 singles team of Ben Clos/Jose Caetano defeated JSU's Chris Duke/Axel Sunberg 9-7. MSU trailed 7-4 when they won five straight games to get the win.

After losing the no. 2 doubles, MSU's no. 3 doubles pair of Mason Johnson/Jose Berardo defeated Brian Kenyon/Thomas Bellman 9-8 (9-7) to win the doubles point.

Johnson and Berardo survived a wild finish in which they couldn't capitalize on serves for the match, up 7-6 and 8-7. Then the MSU duo was ahead 6-1 in the tiebreaker, but lost six straight points and faced a match point but still managed to get the win and gain the doubles point for the Racers.

In singles play, MSU no. 1 Ben Clos defeated JSU's Kenyon 6-0, 6-3, followed by a win at no. 2 by MSU's Caetano 6-4, 6-2 over JSU's Sunberg. After MSU's no. 5 Johnson lost 6-3, 6-2, the Racers clinched the win at no. 6 when Berardo knocked off JSU's Bellman 6-3, 6-0.

Murray State advances to the semifinals Saturday at 10 a.m. where they'll take on the no. 2 seed Tennessee Tech.

The Racers' march to the semifinals made a very happy coach out of Mel Purcell.

"We're pumped about tomorrow, we feel we're in it and we're playing good," Purcell said. "The doubles point will be huge because the team that wins it has a big advantage."

If the Racers can win the semifinal, they'll be in Sunday's championship match also at 10 a.m.

There were two singles matches that were unfinished when the first round tilt was decided. MSU's no. 3 singles player Luka Milicevic trailed JSU's Marcec Nenad 3-6, 0-2 and no. 4 Renaldo Domoney was down 3-6, 4-2.

Ohio Valley Men's Tennis Tournament

First Round
(6 Seed) Murray State vs (3 Seed) Jacksonville State
April 16, 2010

(1) Ben Clos (MUR) def. Brian Kenyon 6-0, 6-3
(2) Jorge Caetano (MUR) def. Alex Sunberg 6-4, 6-2
(5) Gustavo Holz (JSU) def. Mason Johnson 6-3, 6-2
(6) Jose Berardo (MUR) def. Thomas Bellman 6-3, 6-0
(3) Nenad Marcec (JSU) lead Luka Milicevic (MUR) 6-3, 0-2 UNFINISHED
(4) Chris Duke (JSU) lead Renaldo Domoney (MUR) 6-3, 4-2 UNFINISHED

(1) Clos/Caetano (MUR) def. Duke/Sunberg 9-7
(2) Holz/Marcec (JSU) def. Millcevic/Domoney 8-2
(3) Johnson/Berardo (MUR) def. Kenyon/Bellman 9-8 (9-7)

Courtesy MSU Media Relations