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Oakville grad wins collegiate wheelchair tennis title


March 30, 2005 - Oakville Senior High grad and collegiate tennis player Kevin Green recently displayed his tennis prowess at the second annual Wheelchair Tennis Collegiate Nat-ionals in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Repeat champions Green and Russel Rodriguez of Middle Tennessee State Uni-versity successfully defended their doubles title by shutting out Matthew Burroughs of Northwestern State University in Louis-iana and Charlie Burns of Metropolitan State College in Colorado.

Green is a 2003 graduate of Oakville Senior High School and a sophomore at MTSU. His parents are Candy and Ben Green of Oakville.

As a doubles team, Green and Rodriguez were undefeated for the past two collegiate seasons and were ranked No. 1 in the nation heading into the doubles championships.

In fact, the teammates clashed in the singles championship match with Rodriguez, who had a No. 3 ranking in singles competition, edging out No. 3 ranked Green in the third set.

To make it to the final, Green defeated No. 1 ranked Danny Fik of the University of Texas at Arlington.

Rodriguez won his semifinal match by defeating Eddie Medel of the University of Arizona at Tucson.

Tournament Director and MTSU Wheelchair Tennis Coach Kelly Skelton stated in a news release, "This was another step forward to showcase wheelchair tennis in the collegiate setting. Hosting an event of this magnitude also sets an excellent example for able-bodied athletes as well as disabled students.''

Other schools represented were Louisiana State University and East Central Community College of Mississippi.

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