MAC Men's Tennis Tournament Begins In Rockford

Updated 4/24/2008

First round results of the 2008 Mid-American Conference Men’s Tennis Championships. Story courtesy of Northern Illinois University athletic media relations. Follow the entire tournament on the championship web site.

Toledo 5, Buffalo 1

Rockford, Ill. - The University of Toledo got off on the right foot at the 2008 Mid-American Conference Men's Tennis Championship with the 5-1 opening-round victory over the University at Buffalo at the Clock Tower Racquet Club on Thursday morning.

With the victory, Toledo improves to 16-12, while the Bulls end their season with a mark of 6-17. Toledo will be back in action on Friday at 2 p.m., as the Rockets square off with No. 2 seeded Ball State.

Toledo took an early 1-0 lead over Buffalo as they picked up the doubles point with victories at both No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The Rockets' tandem of Jared Miller and Nutthavit Likitkumchorn blanked Octavian Stane and Juan Carlos Wynter, 8-0, at No. 2 doubles. Toledo's Wade Ward and Tyler Sonkin picked up the 8-3 triumph over Alexis Lluis and Nikesh Singh Panthlia at No. 3 doubles.

The Rockets picked up four more victories in singles action, as Jared Miller claimed the 6-1, 6-3 win over Marcelo Mazzeto at No. 1, while his brother Jay upended Lluis at No. 6 singles, 6-3, 6-4. Likitkumchorn picked up the 6-2, 6-2 victory over Stane at No. 4 singles, while Sonkin defeated Wynter, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.

Singles:

1. Jared Miller (TOLEDO) def. Marcelo Mazzeto (BUFFALO) 6-1, 6-3

2. N. Singh Panthlia (BUFFALO) def. Chris Clark (TOLEDO) 6-4, 6-3

3. Sven Burus (TOLEDO) vs. Kirill Kolomyts (BUFFALO) 6-2, 6-6, unfinished

4. N. Likitkumchorn (TOLEDO) def. Octavian Stane (BUFFALO) 6-2, 6-2

5. Tyler Sonkin (TOLEDO) def. Juan Carlos Wynter (BUFFALO) 6-4, 6-4

6. Jay Miller (TOLEDO) def. Alexis Lluis (BUFFALO) 6-3, 6-4

Doubles:

1. Sven Burus/Chris Clark (TOLEDO) vs. Kirill Kolomyts/Marcelo Mazzeto (BUFFALO) 6-7, unfinished

2. Jared Miller/N. Likitkumchorn (TOLEDO) def. Octavian Stane/Juan Carlos Wynter (BUFFALO) 8-0

3. Wade Ward/Tyler Sonkin (TOLEDO) def. Alexis Lluis/N. Singh Panthlia (BUFFALO) 8-3



Northern Illinois 4, Chicago State 0

Rockford, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's tennis team built some momentum heading into the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals, as the host Huskies earned the 4-0 whitewash over Chicago State in the opening round at the Clock Tower Racquet Club on Thursday afternoon.

"We started a little slow in doubles and still got the doubles point, NIU head men's tennis coach Pontus Hiort said. "After that I felt like we came out in singles play very focused and energetic. We played with great intensity and enthusiasm and it's nice to pull out the win."

With the victory, NIU improves to 11-7 on the season, while the Cougars end their season with a mark of 4-12. The Huskies move on to the MAC Tournament semifinals against two-time defending champion, Western Michigan on Friday morning. First serve is set for 10 a.m.

NIU claimed the doubles point as the Huskies received victories from both their No. 2 and No. 3 squads. Huskie senior Alex Friesen (Vancouver, B.C./Burnaby Central) and junior Jimmy Chu (Lima, Peru) emerged victorious at No. 2 doubles with the 8-4 win over Cameron Shanklin and Jonathon Sutjiadi. NIU freshman Matt Hansen (Topeka, Kan./Miami Online (FL)) and senior Diego Zegarra-Ballon (Lima, Peru/Markham College Prep) earned the 8-2 win over Abram Mamahit and Toni Todoric at No. 3 doubles

In singles play, NIU junior Brian Livingston (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) earned a hard-fought 6-1, 7-6 win over Prakoso Imanuel at No. 1. Chu claimed the 6-1, 6-4 win over Todoric at No. 4 singles, while Hansen upended Mamahit, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5 singles.

Singles:

1. Brian Livingston (NIU) def. Prakoso Imanuel (CSU) 6-1, 7-6

2. Alex Friesen (NIU) vs. Prabowo Imanuel (CSU) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished

3. Adam Ford (NIU) vs. Jonathon Sutjiadi (CSU) 6-3, 2-6, unfinished

4. Jimmy Chu (NIU) def. Toni Todoric (CSU) 6-1, 6-4

5. Matt Hansen (NIU) def. Abram Mamahit (CSU) 6-2, 6-1

6. Javier Bernabe (NIU) vs. Aumir Ahmad (CSU) 6-4, 1-0, unfinished

Doubles:

1. Brian Livingston/Adam Ford (NIU) vs. Prakoso Imanuel/Prabowo Imanuel (CSU) 6-6, unfinished

2. Alex Friesen/Jimmy Chu (NIU) def. Cameron Shanklin/Jonathon Sutjiadi (CSU) 8-4

3. Matt Hansen/Diego Zegarra-Ballon (NIU) def. Abram Mamahit/Toni Todoric (CSU) 8-2