MURFRESBORO, Tenn. – It will be a Raider showdown on Friday as the #22 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders host the #42 Texas Tech Red Raiders on the outdoor courts of Adams Tennis Complex on Friday, March 25 at 5 p.m. CT.
The Blue Raiders enter Friday’s game the winners of their last 14 games and have defeated seven power 5 programs during the season. Texas Tech is the second Big 12 Conference opponent to face this season, MT defeated Oklahoma State 6-1 at Stillwater, however, it is the first B12 opponent to play at Murfreesboro in program history.
No. 90 Stijn Slump, named March 23 conference athlete of the week in the United States for the second time this season, has been in excellent form lately. The Netherlands Senior has won seven games in a row and is 15-5 on aggregate this season at Grounds Nos 1 and 2.
March 20 vs. Rice, #86 Francois Rocha lost its first game since Jan. 23 to No. 21 Mississippi State on the road. After this match, Rocha won 11 consecutive singles matches until Sumit Sarkar broke the streak last Sunday.
No. 123 chris edge looking to regain their edge after losing three of their last five singles matches. Edge enters Friday’s contest with the most singles (17) and doubles (16) wins on the roster.
Zasova, originally from the Czech Republic Stepan Holis will enter the match riding the team’s longest active singles winning streak. The graduate student has won his last nine games on the No. 4 court, in that span he has made more than three breakout points, giving MT the win.
First-year student Oskar Brostrom Poulsen returned to form after his hand injury sustained in a win over No. 24 Auburn. The Danish product has won his last four matches and in both matches last weekend he was the first Blue Raider to finish. Paired with Rocha on the best doubles court, the duo remain in the ITA Top 80 doubles pairs in the country by ranking No. 66.
Senior Pavel Motl is the team’s anchor and leader on Court 6. After rebounding from a lingering shoulder, he’s won six of his last seven games.
Red Raiders Scouting
Texas Tech No. 42, described by MT head coach jimmy boredame, are “extremely better than their rankings indicate”. The Red Raiders signed a top-20 recruiting class in the nation heading into the season and none of those people are part of their singles rotation. TTU is led by a roster made up of members of the upper class, like the Blue Raiders. Isaac Arevalo, Dimitrios Azoidis and Reed Collier are the best players on the list, together they sport a combined 25-8 singles record. The Red Raiders have won seven of their last eight games, with wins over Wichita State (x2), Penn State, No. 60 UTSA, Tulsa, Denver and LSU.
Series History vs. TTU
Friday’s game will be the ninth meeting between Texas Tech and Middle Tennessee, with the Red Raiders holding a 6-2 lead over the Blue Raiders. Friday’s game will also be the first time Texas Tech, or any other Big 12 institution, has played Murfreesboro in program history.