Here is a look at MAC Men's Tennis action from last weekend.
Men's Tennis Almost Upsets No. 16 Illinois
CARMEL, Ind. - The Ball State men's tennis team (0-2) came close to pulling off the 4-3 upset over No. 16 Illinois (2-0) Saturday night at the Carmel Racquet Club.
The Cardinals took an early 1-0 advantage over the Fighting Illini after winning the doubles point. Cliff Morrison paired up with Patrick Elliott to capture the 8-3 victory over Brian Page and Jared Hiltzik at No. 2 doubles. At No. 3 doubles Alexandre Brym and Imanol Arconda took down Ross Guignon and Bruno Abdelnour by a score of 8-5.
At No. 1 singles, Ray Leonard upset Stephen Hoh, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. Ball State would then lose at No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 singles. It was a tight match at the No. 6 and No. 3 slots. Elliott managed a three set win over Brian Page to knot the match at 3-3. The match would then be decided between Dalton Albertin and Bruno Abdelnour at No 3 singles. Albertin won the first set 6-4 but would then drop sets two and three 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1).
Ball State will host Detroit Mercy Friday, Jan. 25, for its home opener at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center at 6 p.m. The Cardinals then face Eastern Illinois and Dayton in a double-header at home Jan. 26.
Chicago State Men's Tennis Falls To WIU And Northwestern
CHICAGO – Chicago State men's tennis dropped a pair of dual meets on Sunday (Jan. 20). The Cougars lost in the morning to Western Illinois 6-1 and fell in the afternoon at Northwestern 6-0.
In the morning competition against the Leathernecks, sophomore Rashley Yeremia (Jakarta, Indonesia) defeated Ben Yoe 6-2, 6-3 in No. 3 singles. The Cougars took the No. 1 doubles spot as sophomores Sergiu Muresan (Roman, Romania) and Mario Noboa (Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador) edged Yue and Patrick Hammers 8-1. However the Cougars dropped the final two doubles events to give the doubles point to Western Illinois.
“We came out flat in doubles and I had to light a fire under them,” head coach Jack Barton said. “A lot more energy was given in singles but mentally we have to stay in the fight. But the match was closer than it looked.”
In the nightcap in Evanston, the teams played singles competition at Northwestern first, with the Wildcats taking all six matches. With the match decided, doubles competition was scratched.
Chicago State vs. Western Illinois results:
1. Christopher Haertel (WIU) def. Sergiu Muresan 7-6 (0), 6-3
2. Patrick Hammers (WIU) def. Mario Noboa 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1
3. Bradley Holt (WIU) def. Julian Chavez 6-1, 6-2
4. Rashley Yeremia def. Ben Yue (WIU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Max Cederkall (WIU) def. Jean Paul Jones 7-5, 6-2
6. Chris Bunch (WIU) def. Luis Ulloa 7-6 (5), 6-1
1. Sergiu Muresan and Mario Noboa def. Ben Yue and Patrick Hammers (WIU) 8-1
2. Christpher Haertel and Bradley Holt (WIU) def. Julian Chavez and Jean Paul Jones 8-3
3. Max Cederkall and Brandon Meeker (WIU) def. Luis Ulloa and Rashley Yeremia 8-3
Chicago State vs. Northwestern results:
1. Spencer Wolf (NU) def. Sergiu Muresan 6-2, 6-2
2. Raleigh Smith (NU) def. Mario Noboa 6-0, 6-0
3. Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Julian Chavez 6-1, 6-2
4. Chris Jackman (NU) def. Rashley Yeremia 6-1, 6-1
5. Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Jean Paul Jones 6-1, 6-0
6. Alberto Zanotti (NU) def. Luis Ulloa 6-1, 6-0
Cadieux Earns Victory, but NIU Falls to No. 35 Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Northern Illinois men's tennis team opened its 2013 campaign Sunday afternoon at nationally ranked Minnesota (35). The Huskies showed some solid play against the Golden Gophers but fell, 6-1.
"It's hard to say how I feel about our first match of the season," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher after the match, "we played one of the top teams in the Big Ten and we knew this would be a challenge for us.
"Unfortunately we couldn't get enough points to put more pressure on Minnesota when we needed them and when we are looking to upset a team like (Minnesota), we can't miss our opportunities and expect to win. Unfortunately that's the level we're at right now."
NIU sophomore Frederic Cadieux (Verdun, Quebec, Canada) led the way for the Huskies in singles, clinching the Huskies point versus the Golden Gophers at No. 3. After dropping the first set, 6-4, the Nordique rallied back in the second and third set, 6-3, and won 13-10 in the tiebreaking set.
Transfer Jovan Zeljkovic (Banja Luka, Bosnia) also played well in singles, falling just short of his first spring victory as a Huskie at No. 5. After falling in his first set, 6-3, to Ruben Weber, Zeljkovic bounced back in the second set with 6-4 triumph to draw even. In the final set however, Weber defeated the Southern Miss transfer, 10-6.
The Golden Gophers took the early advantage over the Huskies in doubles, earning a sweep in their three matches. The No. 2 NIU duo of Max Phiilips (Berkhamstead, England) and Zeljkovic battled in their match to a 7-3 score but did not finish as the other matches clinched the UM point.
Northern Illinois will play a pair of home openers next Friday, when it hosts UW-Whitewater and MAC foe Chicago State January 25. Matches are slated to begin at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.
No. 35 Minnesota 6, Northern Illinois 1
January 20, 2013
Baseline Tennis Center (Minneapolis, Minn.)
1. No. 24 Bonin/Fromont (UM) def. Amir/Cadieux (NIU) 8-2
2. Toledo/Ramerez (UM) def. Phillips/Zeljkovic (NIU) 7-3 (DNF)
3. Hamburg/Frueh (UM) def. Lagerlof/Formont (NIU) 8-0
1. No. 40 Rok Bonin (UM) def. Dor Amir (NIU) 6-2, 6-3
2. No. 63 Leandro Toledo (UM) def. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Mathieu Fromont (UM) 4-6, 6-3 (13-11)
4. Juan Pablo Ramirez (UM) def. Max Phillips (NIU) 6-4, 7-5 (5)
5. Ruben Weber (UM) def. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) 6-3, 4-6 (10-6)
6. Jack Hamburg (UM) def. Simon Formont (NIU) 6-1-6-3
Rockets Win Home Opener Against Walsh, 6-1; Beat Detroit on the Road, 4-3
Southfield, MI - Toledo (4-2) used a come-from-behind effort to defeat Detroit (0-4) 4-3 at the Franklin Athletic Club on Sunday night. The win came in the nightcap of a doubleheader after UT took down Walsh (0-1) earlier in the day by a score of 6-1 at the Shadow Valley Tennis Club. Toledo improves to 4-2 on the season and is off to its best start through six matches since 2011 when it had the same record.
Sophomore Nicky Wong clinched the win for UT over Detroit with a three-set victory at No. 3 singles. Wong took the first set 6-3 and then dropped the second set 4-6, before rebounding for another 6-3 victory in the deciding set.
Tomas Stillman has been the mainstay at No. 1 singles and came through with a victory over the Titans in straight sets, 7-6 (5-7), 6-4. The Harlingen, TX native now has a 3-1 record in four matches played.
Sophomore Grant Adams and junior Ben Brocker picked up the other two wins for UT. Adams was awarded the victory at No. 2 singles after his opponent retired in the second set. Brocker claimed No. 6 singles with a 6-2, 7-5.
Detroit swept the doubles point with a victory at the No. 1 and No. 3 matches.
Earlier in the day, Toledo took care of business in its home opener versus Walsh, 6-1. The Rockets won every point except at No. 1 singles.
Redshirt freshman and Toledo native Ryan Jorgensen earned his first collegiate win at No. 6 singles, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.
Toledo will host Binghamton and Northwestern Ohio next Saturday, Jan. 26, and then hit the road for a tough matchup with No. 4 Ohio State in Columbus, OH.
Toledo 6, Walsh 1
1. Stillman/Wong def. Cabezon/Thomas 8-1
2. Jorgensen/Weigand def. Pucci/Jaque 8-1
3. Brocker/Meza vs. Portelanie/Gable Unfinished
1. Cabezon def. Adams 6-4, 6-3
2. Wong def. Thomas 6-3, 6-1
3. Meza def. Portelanie 6-4, 6-1
4. Weigand def. Jaque 6-0, 6-3
5. Brocker def. Gable 6-3, 6-2
6. Jorgensen def. Bilinuvich 6-2, 6-0
Toledo 4, Detroit 3
1. Latosinsky/Basha def. Stillman/Wong 8-6
2. Joshi/Orantes vs. Dudzik/Weigand 7-5, Unfinished
3. Serrano/Cheung def. Adams/Jorgensen 8-0
1. STILLMAN def. LATOSINSKY 7-6 (5-7), 6-4
2. ADAMS def. NUNEZ 5-3, retired
3. WONG def. BASHA 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
4. CHEUNG def. WEIGAND 6-3, 6-4
5. ORANTES def. MEZA 6-3, 6-0
6. BROCKER def. JOSHI 6-2, 7-5
VanderPloeg Clinches Broncos' 5-2 Win Over UIC
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Senior Ross VanderPloeg survived a tight first set to post a match-clinching victory, and the Western Michigan men's tennis team defeated the Illinois-Chicago Flames 5-2 at West Hills Athletic Club on Friday. With the win, the Broncos improve to 2-1 on the season.
The Broncos led the Flames in the overall match 3-1, but with two other singles matches going to three sets, VanderPloeg halted the Flames' chances of a comeback with a solid second set against Alan Reifer in the No. 2 singles match. VanderPloeg and Reifer battled in a tight first set, with VanderPloeg coming out ahead 7-5; the senior co-captain picked up a break on Reifer in the second set to take it 6-3 and clinch the overall match victory for the Broncos. VanderPloeg was also part of a doubles-point clinching victory, teaming with Marc Shideler to defeat Reifer and Isaac Lloveras 8-3 in the No. 2 match.
Nadin Indre picked up the first win of the night for the Broncos, teaming with Ruben Greiner to defeat Alexander Raa and Rahul Kamath 8-3 in the No. 1 singles match. Indre also went on to beat Lloveras in the No. 1 singles match, giving the Broncos a 3-1 advantage with a 6-2, 6-3 win. Pablo Mora notched the first singles win of the night for the Broncos, rolling 6-0, 6-3 over Kamath to make it 2-0. The Flames cut the lead to one point with a win in the No. 3 singles match, but Indre and VanderPloeg notched wins to clinch the match.
Aaron Wong posted a 2-0 night for the Broncos, first teaming with freshman Stephen Payne to defeat UIC's Maurizio Feoli and Christopher Cole 8-5 in the No. 3 doubles match. Wong was victorious in singles as well, downing Cole in a full three-set effort; he bounced back from a second loss to win 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
Western Michigan University 5, Illinois-Chicago 2
Jan 18, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Isaac Lloveras (UIC) 6-2, 6-3
2. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Alan Reifer (UIC) 7-5, 6-3
3. Alexander Raa (UIC) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU) 6-1, 6-4
4. Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Christopher Cole (UIC) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
5. Pablo Mora (WMU) def. Rahul Kamath (UIC) 6-0, 6-3
6. Maurizio Feoli (UIC) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
1. Nadin Indre/Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Alexander Raa/Rahul Kamath (UIC) 8-3
2. Ross VanderPloeg/Marc Shideler (WMU) def. Alan Reifer/Isaac Lloveras (UIC) 8-3
3. Stephen Payne/Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Maurizio Feoli/Christopher Cole (UIC) 8-5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,3,1,2,6,4)