Here is a preview of this weekend's MAC men's tennis action.
Men's Tennis Hosts Two MAC Matches This Weekend
First Serve: The Ball State men's tennis team (13-7, 2-0 MAC) hosts two Mid-American Conference matches this weekend at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center. The Cardinals will host Western Michigan (16-8, 2-1 MAC) Saturday and Chicago State (1-19, 0-2 MAC) Sunday. Both matches will begin at 1 p.m. Ball State is currently tied for first in the MAC standings with Buffalo.
Second Serve: Sophomore Patrick Elliott was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Week after he went 2-0 in singles action last week he pulled off a 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 win over No. 27 Notre Dame's Michael Moore in non-conference action April 1. He then closed out the week with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Northern Illinois' Max Phillips Saturday, helping the Cardinals sweep the Huskies for the 7-0 MAC win. Elliott also went 2-0 in doubles action.
Note: Ball State will pay tribute to its four seniors, Dalton Albertin, Cliff Morrison, Alexandre Brym and Austin Sansone, Saturday before the Western Michigan match. All matches will be played at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center this weekend. If inclement weather were to occur, the matches will be moved indoors to the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.
Cougars Coming to Town
Buffalo continues MAC play this Friday against Chicago State (1-19, 0-1 MAC). First serve is scheduled for 9:00 am. The Bulls are 8-1 all-time against the Cougars, members of the MAC for men's tennis only, winning the last four meetings. UB steps out of conference for a road contest on Sunday, April 14 against Binghamton at 2:00 pm. The Bearcats are 11-9 this season and have won six of the last seven matches. They travel to UMBC on Saturday, April 13 before facing the Bulls.
Bulls Sweep MAC Foes on Opening League Weekend: The University at Buffalo men's tennis team opened its Mid-American Conference schedule with a sweep of conference foes Western Michigan and Toledo. Both matches were decided by 4-3 margins. The victory by the Bulls over WMU on Friday was UB's first ever in Kalamazoo. UB now leads the MAC with a 2-0 record and is 8-6 overall with the remainder of the schedule at home.
Ionescu Scores Clinching Victory Against Broncos: In the victory at Western Michigan, Sebastian Ionescu picked up the clinching win for the Bulls. Ionescu, who joined the Bulls in January after playing as a freshman at Arizona in 2011-12, defeated Aaron Wong, the MAC Player of the Week the last two weeks, in the number three singles match. Ionescu opened with a 7-2 tiebreaker win in the opening set but Wong forced the match into a decisive third set with a 6-2 win in the second set. However, Ionescu was able to regroup and capture the deciding set, 6-2, and give the Bulls the overall victory.
Arevalillo Picks Up Clincher in Toledo: Freshman Sergio Arevalillo scored the clinching victory for the Bulls in UB's win at Toledo on Sunday. Arevalillo, moved up to the number five slot for the weekend matches, went three sets in both contests. He fell to WMU's Pablo Mora but rebounded with a three-set win over Toledo's Terence Weigand, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, on Sunday.
David, Hove Tied for Singles Wins: Both Damien David and Vusa Hove achieved their 14th singles wins of the season over the weekend and are currently tied for the team lead in the category. David swept his matches at second singles with a three-set win over WMU's Ross VanderPloeg and a two-set victory against Toledo's Grant Adams. Hove split his first singles matches over the weekend taking a three-set win over Toledo's Tomas Stillman on Sunday. Hove's win on Sunday was the 69th singles triumph of his career tying him for second place on UB's all-time list with Nick Zieziula (2001-05). Mike Rockman leads the list with 83 wins from 2003-07.
The Cougars travel to Buffalo on Friday, April 12 and Ball State on Sunday, April 14.
Huskies to Take on Titans and Rockets on the Road; NIU will face Toledo Sunday for its second-to-last MAC contest
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois men’s tennis team will travel to Detroit and Toledo this weekend to do battle with the Titans on Friday and the Rockets on Sunday after a split weekend in the Hoosier State against Ball State (L, 7-0) and IPFW (W, 4-3). The match between the Huskies (1-2) and Rockets (0-2) will be NIU’s fourth Mid-American Conference match of the season.
The Huskies (13-7, 1-2 MAC) looked to bring another MAC victory home as they battled the Ball State Cardinals. The pair of Frederic Cadieux and Jovan Zeljkovic won at the No. 3 double position, defeating their competitors, 8-6. Axel Lagerlof returned to action at the No. 1 position where he fought his way through three sets before falling to Ray Leonard in the final set, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. The Cardinals won the match, 7-0.
NIU quickly regained spirit as they traveled to IPFW to meet the Mastodons (7-12). The Huskies took the lead early, winning doubles and followed up by claiming three singles points. Cadieux continued his undefeated streak at No. 2 after demolishing his competition, 6-1, 6-1. In the No. 5 position, Simon Formont defeated Martin Muadi , 6-2, 6-2 while Dor Amir would seal NIU’s win after going three sets at No.1, 7-5, 6-7, 7-6. Northern Illinois prevailed over IPFW 4-3.
Northern Illinois looks to advance to a two-game win streak when they take on Detroit April 12 at 6 p.m. CT. The Titans hold a 5-12 record and are coming off a 4-3 win against Valparaiso.
Toledo will play its only match of the weekend Sunday against the Huskies and will enter the contest with an overall record of 18-8 and an 0-2 mark in conference. The Rockets are coming off a 4-3 loss to Buffalo on their home UT Varsity Tennis Courts.
Northern Illinois will close its season next Sunday when it heads to New York to take on Buffalo April 21, starting at 10 a.m. Central.
The Rockets host Northern Illinois on Sunday, April 14 at 1:00 pm ET.
The Broncos travel to Ball State on Saturday, April 13 at 1:00 pm ET.