By: Darius White
MTN Sports Reporter
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Blue Raider Men’s Tennis Team looks to finish their last two home games of the season against No. 37 Memphis and Alabama A&M.
Coming off a win in their last matchup against Texas Tech two weeks ago, the Blue Raiders are hoping to extend their current win streak to 17 after Friday’s matches.
The Raiders go into match one of their doubleheader, with a seven game losing streak against the Tigers.
“Memphis is tough, very tough,” said Head Coach Jimmy Borendame. “In my tenure at Middle Tennessee, I have never beaten Memphis.”
The Raiders will be in for a battle right from the start as the Tigers will bring in their No. 23 ranked Intercollegiate Tennis Association doubles team made up of Redshirt Juniors David Stevenson and Jeremy Taylor.
“I personally feel like it might come down to the number 3 doubles (match),” said Borendame when asked about the Tigers double team.
However, the Blue Raiders have a bit of an edge having only lost one match against a ranked opponent this season.
With the first serve for the second match against Alabama A&M set to be hit at 4:30 p.m., this will be the last time graduate students Stepan Holis and Chris Edge will play at the Adam’s Tennis Court.
Holis joined the Blue Raiders this season to finish out his final year of eligibility with Edge being a member of the team since his freshman year back in 2017.
“In my coaching career, he’s the goat,” said Boredame when speaking on Edge’s impact on the team “He’s the greatest I’ve had.”
Both players will be honored before the start of the second match at 4:20 p.m.
“It will be a fun challenging last day here,” said Edge. “I feel like one I’m ready for.”