Here is a look at last weekend's MAC men's tennis action.
Men's Tennis Falls to No. 33 Indiana, 6-1
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Ball State men's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to Big Ten foe No. 33 Indiana Sunday at the IU Indoor Tennis center. With the loss the Cardinals fell to 3-3 overall while the Hoosiers improve to 4-5 on the season.
The Hoosiers took the early 1-0 edge over the Cardinals after sweeping all three matches.
In singles action the lone winner for Ball State was Austin Smith after his 6-1, 6-3 victory over Elliott Yee at the No. 6 position. Ray Leonard played a close match against Isade Juneau but lost in three sets.
The Ball State men's tennis team continues action at home when it hosts Brown Friday at 2 p.m. in the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.
#33 Indiana 6, Ball State 1
Feb 03, 2013 at Bloomington, Ind. (IU Indoor Tennis Center)
1. Isade Juneau (IND-M) def. Ray Leonard (BSU) 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
2. Sam Monette (IND-M) def. Dalton Albertin (BSU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
3. Josh MacTaggart (IND-M) def. Alexandre Brym (BSU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Dimitrije Tasic (IND-M) def. Imanol Arconada (BSU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Daniel Bednarczyk (IND-M) def. Patrick Elliott (BSU) 7-6, 6-2
6. Austin Smith (BSU) def. Elliott Yee (IND-M) 6-1, 6-3
1. Isade Juneau/Sam Monette (IND-M) def. Dalton Albertin/Ray Leonard (BSU) 8-4
2. Josh MacTaggart/Daniel Bednarczyk (IND-M) def. Alexandre Brym/Imanol Arconada (BSU) 8-5
3. Chris Essick/Dimitrije Tasic (IND-M) def. Patrick Elliott/Austin Sansone (BSU) 8-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,6,5,2,1)
Bulls Drop 6-1 Men’s Tennis Decision To Penn
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday afternoon at the Levy Tennis Pavilion. The Bulls are 2-1 in spring play.
Damien David and Akhil Mehta scored a doubles win in the number one match for the Bulls. The duo knocked off Jeremy Court and Nikola Kocovic in a 7-5 tiebreaker to take the match 8-7. The Quakers took the other two doubles contests by 8-2 margins.
In singles play, Sebastian Ionescu remained undefeated as a Bull with a third-set super-tiebreaker win over Ismael Lahlou. Ionescu scored a 10-6 win the super-tiebreaker.
"We have a very young team and today the inexperience showed," said head coach Lee Nickell. "We have a very resilient team and we'll bounce back for Cornell."
The Bulls will get a crack at Cornell, another Ivy League program, in Ithaca, NY on February 10.
Penn 6, Buffalo 1
1. Damien David/Akhil Mehta (UB) def. Jeremy Court/Nikola Kocovic (Penn), 8-7
2. Austin Kaplan/Zach Katz (Penn) def. Sebastian Ionescu/Ashwin Sharma (UB), 8-2
3. Vim De Alwis/Sylvester Wee (Penn) def. Pablo Alvarez/Vusa Hove (UB), 8-2
Order of Finish: 3,2,1
1. Jeremy Court (Penn) def. Vusa Hove (UB), 6-4, 6-2
2. Nikola Kocovic (Penn) def. Damien David (UB), 7-5, 6-3
3. Sebastian Ionescu (UB) def. Ismael Lahlou (Penn); 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (6)
4. Blaine Willenborg (Penn) def. Pablo Alvarez (UB), 6-4, 6-2
5. Vim De Alwis (Penn) def. Ashwin Sharma (UB), 6-4, 6-2
6. Austin Kaplan (Penn) def. Akhil Mehta (UB), 2-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2)
Order of Finish: 4,1,2,5,3,6
Huskies Cap Perfect Weekend With 4-2 Victory Over UIC
NIU is 5-1 for the first time ever under fourth year Head Coach Patrick Fisher
ROCKFORD, Ill. - Northern Illinois improved to 5-1 for the first-time ever under Head Coach Patrick Fisher Sunday afternoon, following its 4-2 victory over in-state foe Illinois-Chicago.
"Well, we won today, but honestly I wasn't very pleased with how we won," said Fisher after the match. "We did not do a good job of playing the way we wanted to play and that was kind of disappointing. We were dominating doubles (at the start) and we didn't finish. Our mental focus on finishing matches needs to improve big-time if we intend on having a good season this year."
The Huskies had opportunities to win in today's doubles contest, but were unable to clinch the point after clinching both doubles points in Friday's doubleheader. At No. 1 Dor Amir and Frederic Cadieux lost their match, 8-5, and Axel Lagerlof and Simon Formont at No. 2 lost a tight tie-breaking contest, 8-7.
NIU overcame the 1-0 deficit in singles though through solid play, clinching 4-of-5 finished singles matches. All of the aforementioned Huskies gained redemption in their singles matches with victories.
Lagerlof dominated in a 6-4, 6-0 victory at No. 1, as did Amir at No. 2 and Formont at No. 5. Amir sealed won with a 6-3, 6-4 victory and Formont won, 6-3, 6-3. Cadieux worked for his victory at No. 2 as he won in three sets, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3. The Verdun, Quebec, Canada native is now 6-0 in singles play this season.
The Huskies are now 5-1 to start the season for the first time ever under Coach Fisher and the first time since at least 2006.
Northern Illinois will return to action next weekend down South when it takes on SIU-Edwardsville and Saint Louis Feb. 8 and 9, respectively
Northern Illinois 4, UIC 2
Boylan Tennis Center; Rockford, Ill.
1. Raa/Kamath (UIC) def. Amir/Cadieux (NIU) 8-5
2. Cole/Reifer (UIC) def. Lagerlof/Formont (NIU) 8-7
3. Lloveras/Oroskar (UIC) def. Phillips/Zeljkovic (NIU) DNF 7-5
1. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Isaac Lloveras (UIC) 6-4, 6-0
2. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Alex Raa (UIC) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Dor Amir (NIU) def. Alan Reifer (UIC) 6-3, 6-4
4. Max Phillips (NIU) vs. Chris Cole (UIC) DNF 6-4, 6-6
5. Simon Formont (NIU) def. Maurizio Feoli (UIC) 6-3, 6-3
6. Rahul Kamath (UIC) def. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) 6-4. 2-6, 6-3
Huskies top Dayton, 5-2
ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's tennis team improved to 4-1 Friday with two wins at Boylan Tennis Center, capturing victories over Dayton, 5-2, and previously unbeaten Valparaiso, 7-0. The Huskies will have a chance to improve to 5-1 Sunday with their match versus UIC to complete their weekend home stand.
"We played better today than we did last week," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher, "the energy in doubles was awesome and we improved from last week, so I'm really happy about that, but, I know we can be much better. We're looking forward to playing UIC on Sunday. They're going to be very good this year.
"I'm just really proud of the guys," add Fisher, "I thought we had a great week of practice this week and it showed in our matches tonight."
The Huskies won the doubles point in both matches, improving upon last weeks effort where they captured the point against Chicago State and lost it to UW-Whitewater.
With the early advantage in the opener against the Flyers, NIU's middle of the lineup dominated Dayton with straight set victories at Nos. 3-5. Frederic Cadieux extended his spring unbeaten streak to five matches with a 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 3. Max Phillips (No. 4) and Simon Formont (No. 5) were also amongst those that claimed victory in the pack, while Dor Amir grinded out a three set victory at No. 2, 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.
Following a brief spaghetti and meatball break in the team room, Northern Illinois took on the Crusaders, who entered the contest with a 3-0 mark.
From start-to-finish, the Huskies paced the match against Valpo as they sprinted to the doubles point in quick fashion, including an 8-2 victory at No. 1 by Amir and Cadieux over undefeated pair Eric Honert and Lucas Waak. Lagerlof and Formont clinched the point with their win, forcing No. 3 duo, Phillips and Jovan Zeljkovic, to abandon their match with a 7-6 lead.
At Nos. 1-5, NIU claimed straight-set victories, including a 6-1, 6-0 triumph by Cadieux. Lagerlof claimed the win at No. 1 over Honert for his lone singles win of the day, defeating the Crusaders ace, 6-1, 7-5. Zeljkovic claimed a three set victory over Brian Hickey to round out the Huskies clean sweep of Valparaiso, 7-5, 5-7, 10-4.
Northern Illinois will return to the court against in-state foe Illinois-Chicago Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Huskies will again play at Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford.
Northern Illinois 5, Dayton 2
Boylan Tennis Center; Rockford, Ill.
1. Amir/Cadieux (NIU) vs. Koross/MacDonald (UD) DNF 7-7
2. Lagerlof/Formont (NIU) def. Hanley/Salcedo (UD) 8-3
3. Phillips/Djkovic (NIU) def. Malyon/Bernier (UD) 8-5
1. Adam Koross (UD) def. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) 6-4, 7-6
2. Dor Amir (NIU) def. Drew Hanley (UD) 6-3, 3-6, 10-7
3. Frederic Cadieux (NU) def. Josh Malyon (UD) 6-4, 6-2
4. Max Phillips (NIU) def. Kyle MacDonald (UD) 6-2, 6-3
5. Simon Formont (NIU) def. Robert Salcedo (UD) 6-1, 6-4
6. Colin Bernier (UD) def. Maksym Lagutin (NIU) 6-4, 6-2
Northern Illinois 7, Valparaiso 0
Boylan Tennis Center; Rockford, Ill.
1. Amir/Cadieux (NIU) def. Honert/Waak (VU) 8-2
2. Lagerlof/Formont (NIU) def. Baum/Oakes (VU) 8-6
3. Phillips/Zeljkovic (NIU) vs Savaglio/Baiocchi (VU) DNF 7-6
1. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Eric Honert (VU) 6-1, 7-5
2. Dor Amir (NIU) def. Chris Baum (VU) 6-1, 7-5
3. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Mike Savaglio (VU) 6-1, 6-0
4. Max Phillips (NIU) def. Mike Baiocchi (VU) 6-1, 6-4
5. Simon Formont (NIU) def. Lucas Waak (VU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Brian Hickey (VU) 7-5, 5-7, 10-4
Rockets Run Out of Fuel Against Duquesne in Weekend Finale
PITTSBURGH, PA - The Toledo men's tennis team fell 5-2 to Duquesne and wrapped up its busy weekend of play on Sunday afternoon. The Rockets finished the weekend with a 2-1 record after beating Youngstown State and Georgetown on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
"Not to take anything away from Duquesne, but we ran out of gas a bit today in our 12th match in 22 days," head coach Al Wermer said. "What's been great about this weekend is that we rested some guys and put others' feet to the fire. It was an excellent chance for us to grow."
Sophomore Grant Adams added another victory to close out a strong weekend. He defeated DU's Corey Robinson in very close match at No. 3 singles with scores of 7-6(10-5), 5-7 & 7-5, and a combined 5-1 on the weekend.
Senior Terence Weigand registered the other UT win in straight sets at the final singles spot.
The Midnight Blue & Gold will return home next weekend for a doubleheader on Friday against Ferris State and Wayne State.
1. Alex Aleman/Pete Carpenter (DUQ) def. Bryant Dudzik/Terence Weigand (UT) 8-6
2. Max Rubin/Corey Robinson (DUQ) vs. Tomas Stillman/Ryan Jorgensen (UT) 7-7, unfinished
3. Rich Robbie/Ben Klaas (DUQ) def. Grant Adams /Francisco Stuardo (UT) 8-7 (10-5)
1. Rich Robbie (DUQ) def. Tomas Stillman (UT) 6-3, 6-2
2. Pete Carpenter (DUQ) def. Francisco Stuardo (UT) 7-5 (10-5), 7-6
3. Grant Adams (UT) def. Corey Robinson (DUQ) 7-6 (10-5), 5-7, 7-5
4. Alex Aleman (DUQ) def. Ben Brocker (UT) 6-4, 6-1
5. Max Rubin (DUQ) def. Bryant Dudzik (UT) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
6. Terence Weigand (UT) def. Harry Walshe (DUQ) 6-3, 6-2
Rockets Slide by Hoyas on Saturday, 4-3
PITTSBURGH, PA - Toledo (7-4) picked up its second win of the weekend slate with a close 4-3 triumph over Georgetown. The Rockets and Hoyas met inside Duquesne's Alpha Tennis Club for an early dual match on Saturday.
"This is a tough group of guys and they're only getting tougher," head coach Al Wermer said. "They're learning to hang around and battle, and they're enjoying it along the way. At the same time, we'd prefer not to live on borrowed time by dropping the doubles point. We can improve that."
Grant Adams led the Rockets with two wins on the day. The sophomore recorded a three-set victory at No. 3 singles and partnered with senior Francisco Stuardo to earn the only UT win in doubles play.
Sophomore Tomas Stillman captured the top singles match over GU's Charlie Caris in straight sets, winning both 6-2. Sophomore Nicky Wong and senior Bryant Dudzik also came away victorious to clinch the match. Wong went to three sets for the second time in two days, defeating Alex Tropiano 6-3, 6-7(4) & 6-3 at No. 4 singles. Dudzik held down the final spot by conquering John Brosens in straight sets.
Toledo will close out the weekend road trip versus Duquesne tomorrow morning. Match-play is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Alpha Tennis Club.
Toledo 4, Georgetown 3
Caris/Distaso def. Stillman/Wong 8-7(3)
Korber/Tropiano def. Dudzik/Weigand 8-1
Adams/Stuardo def. Brosens/Khanin 8-2
Stillman def. Caris 6-2, 6-2
Khanin def. Stuardo 6-2, 6-4
Adams def. Korber 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Wong def. Tropiano 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3
Distaso def. Brocker 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Dudzik def. Brosens 6-2, 6-1
Rockets Turn the Lights Off on Youngstown State with 7-0 Sweep
YOUNGSTOWN, OH - Toledo (6-3) captured its fourth road win of the season on Friday with a 7-0 triumph over Youngstown State at the Boardman Tennis Center. The weekend opener didn't come easy for the Rockets. Both teams sat through a two hour power outage and UT had to overcome a loss in the first set during four singles matches before leaving victorious.
"We had great team energy in the doubles which transferred well into singles," head coach Al Wermer said. "We're getting a lot better at putting in full team performances with every position contributing."
Senior Francisco Stuardo won at No. 1 singles for the first time in his short career and recorded his third overall win this season. He defeated Silviu Mistreanu in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5.
Sophomore Grant Adams has been solid at the No. 2 spot all season and came away with his fifth win. Adams also paired up with Stuardo for an 8-1 victory at No. 3 doubles.
The Midnight Blue & Gold were tested the rest of the way, but showed resiliency by overcoming opening set losses at the No. 3-6 matches. Sophomore Nicky Wong came out on top at No. 3 with 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 scores. Junior Ben Brocker dropped his first set, 4-6, but battled back with 6-4, 6-2 wins.
Seniors Terence Weigand and Bryant Dudzik closed the day at the final two spots. Weigand came away with a gritty 7-5 win in set two and sealed his third win of the season in the final set, 6-2. Dudzik lost by a point to begin his match, but breezed by his opponent 6-1 and 6-2 for his second win.
Redshirt freshman Ryan Jorgensen teamed up with Wong for a tight 8-7(3) win to clinch the doubles point for UT.
Toledo 7, Youngstown State 0
Kabli/Hagan def. Dudzik/Weigand 8-5
Jorgensen/Wong def. Campos/Ismail 8-7(3)
Adams/Stuardo def. Mistreanu/Rosa 8-1
Stuardo def. Mistreanu 6-4, 7-5
Adams def. Hagn 6-3, 6-0
Wong def. Ismail 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
Brocker def. Kabli 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Dudzik def. Campos 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
Weigand def. Theorin 6-7, 6-1, 6-0
Broncos' Comeback Falls Short Against Princeton
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team rallied late against Princeton, sending four singles matches to full third sets, but the Broncos were unable to pull out the victory over the Tigers in a 5-2 loss at West Hills. With the loss, the Broncos record is evened at 3-3.
Playing against a team that featured the No. 2 singles player in the country in Matija Pecotic, the Broncos trailed the Tigers 3-0 after the first two matches of singles play, but continued to battle and went to full third sets in the remaining singles matches. Ruben Greiner notched his second straight comeback victory in singles, recovering from a first set loss in the No. 4 singles match to beat Augie Bloom 5-7, 6-2, 7-5. The win was the second straight for Greiner, who improved his singles record to 4-2 and his overall record to 8-4.
Aaron Wong was the next Bronco to chip away at the Princeton lead, coming back from a loss in the second set of the No. 3 singles to down Matt Spindler. Wong took the first set 6-4, but was forced into a third set after losing 6-3 in the second. Wong survived a tight third set with Spindler, serving out the set for the 7-5 victory.
Wong's victory cut the Tigers' lead to 3-2, but the Broncos were unable to pull any closer as Ross VanderPloeg and Andrew Cahn each lost hotly contested third sets. VanderPloeg rallied from a set down in the No. 2 singles but ultimately lost 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to Zack McCourt, and Cahn pushed Jonathan Carcione to the limit in the third set before falling 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
The Tigers jumped on the Broncos early in doubles play, earning three victories to take the 1-0 lead in the match. VanderPloeg and Cahn came the closest to victory, but fell 8-6 to Spindler and Dan Davies in the No. 2 doubles match.
Princeton 5, Western Michigan University 2
Jan 31, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
1. #2 Matija Pecotic (PRINCE) def. Nadin Indre (WMU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Zack McCourt (PRINCE) def. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
3. Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Matt Spindler (PRINCE) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
4. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Augie Bloom (PRINCE) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
5. Dan Richardson (PRINCE) def. Pablo Mora (WMU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Jonathan Carcione (PRINCE) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
1. Zack McCourt/Matija Pecotic (PRINCE) def. Ruben Greiner/Nadin Indre (WMU) 8-4
2. Dan Davies/Matt Spindler (PRINCE) def. Ross VanderPloeg/Andrew Cahn (WMU) 8-6
3. Matt Siow/Augie Bloom (PRINCE) def. Aaron Wong/Marc Shideler (WMU) 8-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,5,4,3,2,6)