Here is a review of last weekend's MAC men's tennis results.
Men's Tennis Sweeps CSU; Remains 4-0 in MAC Play
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State men's tennis team (15-7, 4-0 MAC) remained undefeated in the Mid-American Conference Sunday after its 7-0 sweep over Chicago State at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center.
The Cardinals took the early 1-0 edge over the Cougars winning on courts two and three. Ball State seniors Dalton Albertin and Austin Sansone paired up in their last home match of their careers at the No. 2 position. The two seniors would take down Jean Paul Jones and Julian Chavez, 8-6.
Ball State took all six singles matches from Chicago State. Albertin, Imanol Arconada, Patrick Elliott, Alexandre Brym, Austin Smith and Sansone all won in straight sets at their respective positions. Albertin and Elliott did not give up a game in their second sets each winning 6-1, 6-0. Smith and Sansone also did not give up a game in their first sets.
The Ball State men's tennis team will continue its Mid-American Conference regular season at Buffalo Saturday. First serve is at 11 a.m. The Cardinals will be competing for the MAC regular season crown against the Bulls.
Men's Tennis Remains Undefeated in MAC Play
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State men's tennis team remained undefeated in Mid-American Conference action with its 4-3 victory over Western Michigan Saturday afternoon at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center. With the win the Cardinals improve to 14-7 overall and 3-0 in league play. Western Michigan falls to 16-9 overall and 2-2 in the MAC.
The Cardinals won the doubles point over the Broncos to begin the match on a strong note. Ball State has won four straight doubles points in its last four matches. On court two, Imanol Arconada and Alexandre Brym beat Ross VanderPloeg and Stephen Payne, 8-1. Dalton Albertin paired up with Austin Sansone at No. 3 doubles to clinch the doubles point for the Cardinals defeating Aaron Wong and Jim Beckwith.
Western Michigan tied the match 1-1 after Nadin Indre earned the 6-3, 6-3 win over Ray Leonard at No. 1 singles. Alexandre Brym and Austin Smith were victorious over the Broncos in straight sets at their respective positions to put Ball State up 3-1 over WMU. The fate of the match would come down to Dalton Albertin, Imanol Arconada or Patrick Elliott. Elliott fell behind early in the match losing the first set 6-4 but would come back to win the second stanza 6-4 forcing the match to go to three sets. Elliott took the deciding set at No. 4 singles which secured the 4-3 victory for the Cardinals.
Bulls Drop 4-3 Decision at Binghamton
BINGHAMTON, NY – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team saw its three-match winning streak come to an end on Sunday afternoon in a hard fought 4-3 loss at Binghamton (13-9) in a non-conference matchup.
The Bulls (9-7) scored three singles victories with all three matches going three sets. Vusa Hove knocked off Sid Hazarika in the number one match, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 while Damien David scored a three-set win over Alexander Maislin, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Akhil Mehta won a third-set super-tiebreaker over Eliott Hureau, 10-4, after the pair split the opening sets.
UB concludes the regular season next weekend with Mid-American Conference matches at home against Ball State and Northern Illinois.
Binghamton 4, Buffalo 3
1. Bastian Bornkessel/Sid Hazarika (BU) def. Damien David/Ashwin Sharma (Buffalo), 8-2
2. Eliott Hureau/Ruben Haggai (BU) def. Vusa Hove/Jason Simon (Buffalo), 8-5
3. Robert Lesage/Ismael Dinia (BU) def. Pablo Alvarez/Sergio Arevalillo (Buffalo), 8-1
Order of Finish: 1,3,2
1. Vusa Hove (Buffalo) def. Sid Hazarika (BU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
2. Damien David (Buffalo) def. Alexander Maisin (BU), 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
3. Robin Lesage (BU) def. Pablo Alvarez (Buffalo), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
4. Ismael Dinia (BU def. Sergio Arevalillo (Buffalo), 6-4, 6-3
5. Ruben Haggai (BU) def. Ashwin Sharma (Buffalo), 6-1, 6-4
6. Akhil Mehta (Buffalo) def. Eliott Hureau (BU), 6-7, 7-5 (10-4)
Order of Finish: 5,4,1,3,6,2
Bulls Remain Unbeaten in MAC; Pound Chicago State, 7-0
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team remained unbeaten in Mid-American Conference play as the Bulls defeated league rival Chicago State, 7-0, Friday morning at the Miller Tennis Center. The Bulls (9-6, 3-0 MAC) swept all nine matches against the Cougars (1-20, 0-3 MAC) to secure their third straight victory, all within the league.
UB opened play with wins in all three doubles matches to earn the first point. At first doubles, Damien David and Ashwin Sharma scored an 8-3 win over Sergiu Muresan and Mario Noboa. The Bulls clinched the point with a win at third doubles as Akhil Mehta and Nick Sarles knocked off Rashley Yeremia and Luis Ulloa, 8-5. The Bulls also scored a win in the second doubles match with Vusa Hove and Yevgeniy Jason Shkodnik winning a 7-3 tiebreaker.
Commenting on clinching the all-important doubles point, head coach Lee Nickell said, "It's been successful today, but we've got to find ways to stay on top at the net. We're still not where we want to be in doubles."
The Bulls swept the singles matches with all six wins coming in straight sets. Vusa Hove won his 70th singles match of his career, moving past Nick Zieziula into sole possession of second place on the all-time singles win list. Hove downed Muresan, 6-2, 6-1, as his was the third match to finish, clinching the necessary fourth point to give the Bulls the victory.
Also scoring singles wins were David, at number two, Pablo Alvarez at number three, Sergio Arevalillo, at number four, Sharma, at number five and Mehta, at number six.
Buffalo 7, Chicago State 0
1 Damien David/Ashwin Sharma (UB) d. Sergiu Muresan/Mario Noboa (CSU), 8-3
2 Vusa Hove/Yevgeniy Jason Shkodnik (UB) d. Jean Paul Jones/Julian Chavez (CSU), 8-7 (3)
3 Akhil Mehta/Nick Sarles (UB) d. Rashley Yeremia/Luis Ulloa (CSU), 8-5
Order of finish: 1,3,2
1 Vusa Hove (UB) d. Sergiu Muresan (CSU), 6-2, 6-1
2 Damien David (UB) d. Mario Noboa (CSU), 6-0, 6-3
3 Pablo Alvarez (UB) d. Julian Chavez (CSU), 6-3, 6-0
4 Sergio Arevalillo (UB) d. Jean Paul Jones (CSU), 6-3, 6-4
5 Ashwin Sharma (UB) d. Rashley Yeremia (CSU), 6-1, 6-2
6 Akhil Mehta (UB) d. Luis Ulloa (CSU), 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 3,2,1,4,6,5
MAC Leader Ball State Bests Chicago State Men's Tennis 7-0
MUNCIE, Ind. – Conference leader Ball State defeated Chicago State men's tennis 7-0 on Sunday (April 14) afternoon in Mid-American Conference play at Cardinal Creek.
The Cougars gave the Cardinals all they could handle in doubles competition. Sophomores Sergiu Muresan (Roman, Romania) and Mario Noboa (Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador) won at No. 1 doubles 9-7 over Imanol Arconada and Alexandre Brym. Muresan and Noboa rallied to win the match after falling behind 6-3.
Freshman Jean Paul Jones (Guayaquil, Ecuador/Cruz del Sur) and Julian Chavez (Bogota, Colombia) were edged 8-6 by Dalton Albertin and Austin Sansone at No. 2 doubles. Sophomores Luis Ulloa (Guayaquil, Ecuador) and Rashley Yeremia (Jakarta, Indonesia) fell at No. 3 doubles 8-4 to Patrick Elliott/Austin Smith.
The Cougars couldn't keep the momentum going in singles play. The closest match was Jones' 6-1, 6-2 defeat to Alex Brym in No. 4 competition.
“I expected so much more from our guys in singles after fighting so hard and showing a lot of spirit in doubles,” Chicago State head coach Jack Barton said. “I mentioned this after Omaha that we have to play every point from start to finish. We have to make shots, not give them away and make opponents earn every point. Ball State showed why they have won 19 MAC Championships in 30 years and have seven tournament appearances. But we can't be intimidated by that. If anything we should have been able to play looser and show the same fight in singles that we did in doubles.”
Ball State improves to 14-7 (3-0 MAC). The Cougars are now 1-21 (0-4 MAC). Chicago State concludes the regular season on Saturday (April 20) with a home match against MAC-foe Toledo.
Ball State 7, Chicago State 0
1. Dalton Albertin (BSU) def. Sergiu Muresan (Roman, Romania) (CHIST) 6-1, 6-0
2. Imanol Arconada (BSU) def. Mario Noboa (Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador) (CHIST) 6-1, 6-1
3. Patrick Elliott (BSU) def. Julian Chavez (Bogota, Colombia) (CHIST) 6-1, 6-0
4. Alexandre Brym (BSU) def. Jean Paul Jones (Guayaquil, Ecuador/Cruz del Sur) (CHIST) 6-1, 6-2
5. Austin Smith (BSU) def. Rashley Yeremia (Jakarta, Indonesia) (CHIST) 6-0, 6-1
6. Austin Sansone (BSU) def. Luis Ulloa (Guayaquil, Ecuador) (CHIST) 6-0, 6-2
1. Sergiu Muresan (Roman, Romania)/Mario Noboa (Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador) (CHIST) def. Imanol Arconada/Alexandre Brym (BSU) 9-7
2. Dalton Albertin/Austin Sansone (BSU) def. Jean Paul Jones (Guayaquil, Ecuador/Cruz del Sur)/Julian Chavez (Bogota, Colombia) (CHIST) 8-6
3. Patrick Elliott/Austin Smith (BSU) def. Luis Ulloa (Guayaquil, Ecuador)/Rashley Yeremia (Jakarta, Indonesia) (CHIST) 8-4
Buffalo Defeats CSU Men's Tennis 7-0 In MAC Play
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Chicago State men's tennis fell 7-0 to the Buffalo Bulls in a Mid-American Conference match on Friday (April 12). The contest was played indoors at the Miller Tennis Center.
The Cougars fought hard at doubles including a pair of close contests at No. 2 and No. 3. At No. 2 Buffalo's Vusa Hove and Yevgeniy Jason Shkodnik defeated freshman Jean Paul Jones (Guayaquil, Ecuador/Cruz del Sur) and sophomore Julian Chavez (Bogota, Colombia) 8-7 (3). Akhil Mehta and Nick Sarlesd won 8-5 over sophomores Rashley Yeremia (Jakarta, Indonesia) and Luis Ulloa (Guayaquil, Ecuador) at No. 2.
Buffalo clinched the match with six wins in singles. Jones lost a No. 4 singles match to Sergio Arevalillo 6-3, 6-4. Ulloa fell at No. 6 to Mehta 6-3, 6-1.
Buffalo moves to 9-6 (3-0 MAC). Chicago State falls to 1-20 (0-3 MAC). The Cougars continue MAC play on Sunday (April 14) with an 11 a.m. start at Ball State.
1 Damien David/Ashwin Sharma (UB) d. Sergiu Muresan (Roman, Romania)/Mario Noboa (Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador) (CSU), 8-3
2 Vusa Hove/Yevgeniy Jason Shkodnik (UB) d. Jean Paul Jones (Guayaquil, Ecuador/Cruz del Sur)/Julian Chavez (Bogota, Colombia) (CSU), 8-7 (3)
3 Akhil Mehta/Nick Sarles (UB) d. Rashley Yeremia (Jakarta, Indonesia)/Luis Ulloa (Guayaquil, Ecuador) (CSU), 8-5
Order of finish: 1,3,2
1 Vusa Hove (UB) d. Sergiu Muresan (Roman, Romania) (CSU), 6-2, 6-1
2 Damien David (UB) d. Mario Noboa (Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador) (CSU), 6-0, 6-3
3 Pablo Alvarez (UB) d. Julian Chavez (Bogota, Colombia) (CSU), 6-3, 6-0
4 Sergio Arevalillo (UB) d. Jean Paul Jones (Guayaquil, Ecuador/Cruz del Sur) (CSU), 6-3, 6-4
5 Ashwin Sharma (UB) d. Rashley Yeremia (Jakarta, Indonesia) (CSU), 6-1, 6-2
6 Akhil Mehta (UB) d. Luis Ulloa (Guayaquil, Ecuador) (CSU), 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 3,2,1,4,6,5
Men's Tennis Rallies Back at Toledo, 6-1
The win evens the Huskies conference record, 2-2
TOLEDO, Ohio - After dropping the doubles point and four singles players losing their first set, the Northern Illinois men's tennis team (14-8, 2-2 MAC) rallied back to sweep singles and defeat Toledo (18-9, 0-3 MAC), 6-1. The win keeps the Huskies alive in a berth to the Mid-American Conference Tournament, hosted by NIU.
"Well I am not sure what to say about today or about our team quite honestly. We have been consistently inconsistent and I am sure people thought I was crazy when I kept saying were capable," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. "Today we played in front of an unbelievably hostile crowd on Toledo's Senior Day. This match had huge implications for both teams trying to qualify for the MAC Championship.
"We just got pummeled in doubles and Toledo came out ready and not only did they whack us in doubles, they won four first sets with ease, but somehow, some way, we just hung in there and we fought like Huskies fight in a pack. This week in practice we talked about charging the beach, well let me just say we rose to the occasion and took the beach."
Five of the six singles matches went to three sets in the contest with only the No. 3 match finishing in two. Frederic Cadieux earned the straight-set victory over Francisco Stuardo, 7-6, 6-2. Along with Cadieux, Simont Formont was the only other Huskie to win the first set in his match, as he claimed a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, at No. 6.
The rest of the NIU lineup battled back in its matches at Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 5. After dropping his first set at No. 2, 6-0, Dor Amir claimed the next two sets to win the match, 0-6, 6-4, 6-0, while Axel Lagerlof grinded out a result at No. 1 over Tomas Stillman, 3-6, 7-6, 10-8. At No. 4, Jovan Zeljkovic defeated Nicky Wong in a battle, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6, while Max Phillips won at No. 5 over Terence Weigan, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.
Northern Illinois will close its season next Sunday at Buffalo to secure a bid to the MAC Tournament. The match will begin at 10 a.m.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS 6, TOLEDO 1
1.Stillman/Wong (UT) def. Amir/Lagerlof (NIU) 8-4
2. Adams/Stuardo (UT) def. Phillips/Formont (NIU) 8-2
3. Dudzik/Weigand (UT) def. Cadieux/Zeljkovic (NIU) 7-4
1. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Tomas Stillman (UT) 3-6, 7-6, 10-8
2. Dor Amir (NIU) def. Grant Adams (UT) 0-6, 6-4, 6-0
3. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Francisco Stuardo (UT) 7-6, 6-2
4. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Nicky Wong (UT) 1-6, 6-4, 7-6
5. Max Phillips (NIU) def. Terence Weigan (UT) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
6. Simon Formont (NIU) def. Bryant Dudzik (UT) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Huskies Edged by Titans in Detorit, 4-2
NIU was within striking distance of the win
DETROIT, Mich. - The Northern Illinois men's tennis team dropped its first match of the weekend Friday night at Detroit-Mercy, 4-2. Huskies Dor Amir and Frederic Cadieux earned the Huskies points in singles play during the match.
The Huskies (13-8) were close to sealing the valuable doubles point in the contest as Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof won at No. 1, 8-5, to put NIU into position with one more win needed. However, No. 2 pair Simon Formont and Max Phillips fell, 8-5, and No. 3 duo Frederic Cadieux and Jovan Zeljkovic dropped their match to clinch the Titans point, 8-6.
As they have for most of the season, the top of the lineup remained constant for Northern Illinois as Amir defeated Mike Basha at No. 1, 6-2, 6-3, while Cadieux won at No. 2 to extend his undefeated streak at the position, 6-4, 6-3. Formont was one set ahead in his match but it was unfinished as the victory had already been sealed for Detroit.
The Huskies will need to rebound to Sunday at Toledo as they are playing for the fourth final seed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament against the Rockets. The match will begin at noon Central.
DETROIT-MERCY 4, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 2
1. Amir/Lagerlof (NIU) def. Cheung/Latosinsky (DETROIT) 8-5
2. Nunez/Brown (DETROIT) def. Formont/Phillips (NIU) 8-5
3. Basha/Serrano (DETROIT) def. Cadieux/Zeljkovic (NIU) 8-6
1. Dor Amir (NIU) def. Mike Basha (DETROIT) 6-2, 6-3
2. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Cesar Serrano (DETROIT) 6-4, 6-3
3. Alex Latosinsky (DETROIT) def. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Pablo Nunez (DETROIT) def. Max Phillips (NIU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Rafael Orantes (DETROIT) vs. Simon Formont (NIU) 4-6, 4-4, unfinished
6. Chris Cheung (DETROIT) def. Maksym Lagutin (NIU) 6-2, 6-1
Toledo Loses to Northern Illinois in Home Finale, 6-1
TOLEDO, Ohio - After an hour delay due to wet playing conditions, the Toledo men's tennis team won the doubles point over Northern Illinois but failed to register a point in singles in a 6-1 loss at the UT Varsity Tennis Courts on Sunday.
Toledo (18-9, 0-3 MAC) will close out the regular season on the road next weekend, while seeking its first conference win at Western Michigan on Friday, April 19 and Chicago State on Saturday, April 20.
"This was the second week in a row where I felt like our guys just aren't quite experienced enough versus their opponents to realize it's not a sprint, it's a marathon to compete in these matches," UT head coach Al Wermer said.
The Midnight Blue & Gold began the match by taking two-of-three doubles matches to clinch the team point. In the top flight, sophomore duo Tomas Stillman and Nicky Wong claimed an 8-4 victory , while senior Francisco Stuardo teamed up with sophomore Grant Adams for an easy 8-1 triumph at No. 2 doubles. The third match was stopped once UT had clinched the point.
Singles proved to be a different story as NIU swept all six points, including four matches that went to a third set.
Adams fell at No. 2 singles to NIU's Don Amir 0-6, 6-4, 0-6, while Wong and seniors Terence Weigand and Bryant Dudzik each lost in three sets at No. 4, 5 and 6, respectively.
Sunday's match was the regular-season finale at UT Varsity Tennis Courts and final home match for Dudzik, Weigand and Stuardo.
Friday's match versus Western Michigan will be played in Kalamazoo, Mich. and is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start.
Broncos Fall on the Road at Ball State
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team fell in a tight battle on the road to a Mid-American Conference rival on Saturday, losing 4-3 to the Ball State Cardinals 4-3 at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 16-9 overall, 2-2 in MAC play.
The Broncos and Cardinals split the singles session at three wins apiece, but it was the doubles point that clinched it for Ball State. Nadin Indre improved to 4-0 in conference play and 18-4 in dual match singles with a win at No. 1 singles, beating the Cardinals' Ray Leonard 6-3, 6-3. The reigning MAC Player of the Year, Indre is now 14-4 in No. 1 singles matches this year.
The other Bronco victories would be of the three-set variety, with Ross VanderPloeg and Ruben Greiner picking up victories in the Nos. 2 and 3 singles matches, respectively. VanderPloeg survived a second-set loss to Dalton Albertin in the No. 2 singles match, posting a convincing third-set victory in winning 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. In the No. 3 singles match, Ruben Greiner came back from a tiebreaker loss in the first set to cruise in the final two, beating Imanol Arconada 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-1 to wrap the scoring for the Broncos.
Indre and Greiner were close to picking up a doubles win for the Broncos during the opening session, keeping tight with Leonard and Patrick Elliott in the No. 1 doubles match. The teams were tied a 7-7 when the doubles point was clinched by the Cardinals, and the rest of the match was abandoned.
Ball State 4, Western Michigan 3
Apr 13, 2013 at Muncie, Ind. (Muncie YMCA Tennis Center)
1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Ray Leonard (BSU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Dalton Albertin (BSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
3. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Imanol Arconada (BSU) 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-1
4. Patrick Elliott (BSU) def. Aaron Wong (WMU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Alexandre Brym (BSU) def. Pablo Mora (WMU) 6-4, 6-2
6. Austin Smith (BSU) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-3, 6-3
1. Ray Leonard/Patrick Elliott (BSU) vs. Nadin Indre/Ruben Greiner (WMU) 7-7, unfinished
2. Imanol Arconada/Alexandre Brym (BSU) def. Ross VanderPloeg/Stephen Payne (WMU) 8-1
3. Dalton Albertin/Austin Sansone (BSU) def. Aaron Wong/Jim Beckwith (WMU) 8-6
Western Michigan 16-9, 2-2 MAC
Ball State 14-7, 3-0 MAC