Story courtesy of University at Buffalo Athletic Media Relations
BUFFALO, NY Quarterfinal action of the 2009 Mid-American Conference Men's Tennis Championships was completed Thursday afternoon with Ball State and Northern Illinois advancing. Ball State defeated the host University at Buffalo, 4-0, while Northern Illinois scored a 4-1 victory over Chicago State.
In the opening match of the day, played indoors at the Village Glen Tennis Center, the number four seed Ball State defeated fifth-seeded Buffalo, 4-0. Ball State (12-11) scored the opening doubles point with victories in the number two and three matches. The number one match, featuring UB's top combination of Marcelo Mazzetto (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Carlos Magno) and Kirill Kolomyts (Moscow, Russia/Moscow High School 155) was tied 6-6 when play was abandoned after the Cardinals clinched the first point.
UB (7-11) fell in the number one, four and five matches, all in straight sets. Jorge Rodriguez of Ball State scored the match's clinching point with a 6-3, 6-4 win over UB's Kristof Custers (Balen, Belguim/European School of Mol). UB's Alex Kalinin (Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia/Naberezhnye Chelny School 11) won the first set of the number three contest against Cliff Morrison in a 10-8 tiebreaker. The two were tied 1-1 in the second set when play was abandoned.
Moving outdoors to UB's University Tennis Club for the second quarterfinal match, Northern Illinois (8-8) rolled into the semifinal round with a 4-1 victory over Chicago State (4-13). Against a depleted Chicago State lineup, the Huskes needed just one doubles win and two singles wins, both by 6-0, 6-0 margins to defeat the Cougars.
Ball State will face top-seeded Western Michigan (16-8) in the first semifinal at 10:00 am on Friday. Northern Illinois meets second-seeded Toledo (17-10) in the other semifinal at 2:30 pm. With pleasant weather in the forecast, both matches are slated for play outdoors at the University Tennis Club.
No. 4 Ball State 4, No. 5 Buffalo 0
1. Marcelo Mazzetto/Kirill Kolomyts (UB) tied Jose Perdomo/Zane Smith (BSU), 6-6 DNF
2. Eduardo Pavia/Andres Monroy (BSU) d. Octavian Stane/Kristof Custers (UB), 8-1
3. Jorge Rodriguez/Derek Carpenter (BSU) d. Alex Kalinin/Guilherme Smaniotto (UB), 8-6 Order of finish: 2, 3, --
Singles 1. Eduardo Pavia (BSU) d. Marcelo Mazzetto (UB), 6-4, 6-1 2. Jose Perdomo (BSU) led Kirill Kolomyts (UB), 6-2, 4-4 DNF 3. Alex Kalinin (UB) led Cliff Morrison (BSU), 7-6 (8), 1-1 4. Andres Monroy (BSU) d. Octavian Stane (UB), 6-3, 6-0 5. Jorge Rodriguez (BSU) d. Kristof Custers (UB), 6-3, 6-4 6. Shaun Bussert (BSU) led Mitch Zenaty (UB), 6-2, 5-4 Order of finish: 4, 1, 5
No. 3 Northern Illinois 4, No. 6 Chicago State 1
Doubles 1. Ivan Moisejev/Mehmet Duru (CSU) led Pawel Poziomski/Jimmy Chu (NIU), 5-4 DNF 2. Jurica Grubisic/Shaun Stewart (NIU) d. Jonathan Sutjiadi/Aumir Ahmad (CSU), 8-3 3. Javier Bernabe/Ross VanderPloeg (NIU) win by default Order of finish: 3, 2, --
Singles 1. Jonathan Sutjiadi (CSU) d Jurica Grubisic (NIU), 4-0 ret. inj. 2. Shaun Stewart (NIU) led Mehmet Duru (CSU), 6-2, 0-1 DNF 3. Javier Bernabe (NIU) d. Aumir Ahmad (CSU), 6-0, 6-0 4. Jimmy Chu (NIU) led Ivan Moisejev (CSU), 6-3, 3-1 DNF 5. Ross VanderPloeg (NIU) d. Larry Harris (CSU), 6-0, 6-0 6. Alfonso Monroy (NIU) wins by default Order of finish: 6, 1, 5, 3