Here is a review of last week's MAC men's tennis action.
Men's Tennis Wins at Illinois State, 4-3
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Ball State men's tennis team tallied a close 4-3 victory at Illinois State Saturday evening at the Evergreen Raquet Club. With the win the Cardinals improve to 10-6 on the season while Illinois State falls to 5-10.
Ball State fell behind 1-0 early in the match against the Redbirds after dropping all three doubles matches.
In singles action, Leonard lost at No. 1 singles to give Illinois State the 2-0 edge but then Ball State came back with a win at No. 5 singles when Patrick Elliott took down Jakub Eisner, 6-3, 6-3. Dalton Albertin claimed a straight set win over Rolando Torrellas at the No. 3 position to knot the match at 2-2. Alexandre Brym defeated Jacob Wilson at No. 4 singles and then Austin Smith won in three sets to seal the victory for the Cardinals.
The Ball State men's tennis team will open Mid-American Conference action at Toledo Saturday. First serve is at 1 p.m.
Men's Tennis Takes Down In-State Rival Butler, 5-2
INDIANAPOLIS,Ind. - The Ball State men's tennis team earned a 5-2 victory over in-state rival Butler Thursday afternoon in Indianapolis. With the win the Cardinals improve to 10-6 on the season.
Ball State swept all three doubles matches to take the early 1-0 edge over Butler.
In singles action, Ray Leonard dropped his first set at the No. 1 spot but came back to win the next two 6-4, 6-1 to claim the victory over Pulok Bhattacharya. Cliff Morrison defeated Tommy Marx in straight sets at the No. 2 position. Patrick Elliott and Austin Smith also won their respective competitions.
Muresan Wins Third Straight In CSU Men's Tennis' 5-2 Loss To EIU
HOMEWOOD, Ill. – Sophomore Sergiu Muresan (Roman, Romania) won his third consecutive match contest for Chicago State men's tennis on Tuesday (March 19) afternoon at the H-F Racquet Club. However it wasn't enough to lift the Cougars to a victory as Eastern Illinois bested Chicago State 5-2.
Muresan won at No. 1 singles over Michael Sperry 7-6, 5-7, 10-7.
“Sergiu played on a twisted ankle in the second set but pulled out the victory,” Chicago State head coach Jack Barton said.
The Cougars' second point came at No. 5 singles. Sophomore Rashley Yeremia (Jakarta, Indonesia) cruised to a win over David Constantinescu 6-2, 6-3.
“It was good to see Rashley get a win,” Barton said. “Plus Mario and Jean Paul made it very close down the stretch.”
Sophomore Mario Noboa (Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador) fell 7-5, 7-5 to Warren Race at No. 2. Freshman Jean Paul Jones (Guayaquil, Ecuador/Cruz del Sur) lost at No. 4 to Kevin Bauman 6-4, 6-4.
Chicago State falls to 1-15. Eastern Illinois is now 4-3.
1. Muresan, Sergiu (CHIST) def. SPERRY, Michael (EIU) 7-6, 5-7, 10-7
2. RACE, Warren (EIU) def. Noboa, Mario (CHIST) 7-5, 7-5
3. SKOLIK, Robert (EIU) def. Chavez, Julian (CHIST) 6-3, 6-1
4. BAUMAN, Kevin (EIU) def. Jones, Jean Paul (CHIST) 6-4, 6-4
5. Yeremia, Rashley (CHIST) def. CONSTANTINESCU,David (EIU) 6-2, 6-3
6. HENDERSON, Ryan (EIU) def. Ulloa, Luis (CHIST) 6-0, 6-1
1. RACE, Warren/SPERRY, Michael (EIU) def. Muresan, Sergiu/Noboa, Mario (CHIST) 8-6
2. Jones, Jean Paul/Chavez, Julian (CHIST) vs. BAUMAN, Kevin/SKOLIK, Robert (EIU) 4-7, unfinished
3. SILVA, Rui/HENDERSON, Ryan (EIU) def. Ulloa, Luis/Yeremia, Rashley (CHIST) 8-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,5,4,2,1)
Men's Tennis Squad Rallies Back in Singles at Southern Illinois
The Huskies defeated the Salukis, 4-3
CARBONDALE, Ill. – After dropping the doubles point, the Northern Illinois men’s tennis team (12-5) rallied back in singles play Sunday afternoon at Southern Illinois (8-3) to defeat the Salukis, 4-3. The win was the Huskies fourth-consecutive triumph and was NIU’s final non-conference match before a pair of Mid-American Conference showdowns with perennial championship contenders Ball State and Western Michigan.
“I'm just really proud of our guys. This team has great character and it showed today,” said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. “We needed the bottom half of our lineup to step up and they did that. This team is very capable and today we stepped up. I think the guy's should see this as a step forward for us.”
The Huskies and the Salukis were in a proverbial dog fight during doubles play with the teams keeping it close with each other. Both of NIU’s doubles pairs fell 8-6 in the match, allowing Southern Illinois to take an early 1-0 lead.
After an intermission, the Huskies rallied back in singles with wins at the top and at the bottom of the lineup in straight sets. No. 1 Dor Amir battled Brandon Florez and defeated the Saluki, 7-6, 6-4, while Frederic Cadieux won at No. 2 versus Jorge Cavero, 6-4, 6-4.
Senior Max Phillips regained his form at No. 4 after rehab matches over spring break by defeating Rafael Cuadrillero, 6-4, 6-4, while Simon Formont defeated John Rigby, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 5. The Huskies improved to 12-5 with the win.
Northern Illinois will return to action Friday March 29 for a Mid-American Conference match versus Western Michigan. It will be the Huskies final home contest of the season and will likely be played Boylan Tennis Center due to inclement weather in DeKalb.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS 4, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 3
1. Florez/Admiraal (SIU) def. Amir/Cadieux (NIU) 8-6
2. Cherradi/Rigby (SIU) vs. Phillips/Lagutin (NIU) unfinished
3. Cavero/Opieczonek (SIU) def. Formont/Zeljkovic (NIU) 8-6
1. Dor Amir (NIU) def. Brandon Florez (SIU) 7-6, 6-4
2. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Jorge Cavero (SIU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Badr Cherradi (SIU) def. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) 6-1, 6-1
4. Max Phillips (NIU) def. Rafael Cuadrillero (SIU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Simon Formont (NIU) def. Jonny Rigby (SIU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Martijn Admiraal (SIU) def. Maksym Lagutin (NIU) 6-2, 6-2
Rockets Capture Seventh Straight With 7-0 Triumph Over Denison
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo wrapped up non-conference play with an easy 7-0 win over Denison on Saturday afternoon inside Toledo Shadow Valley Club. The Rockets pushed their win streak to seven, while improving to 18-6 overall heading into Mid-American Conference action next weekend.
"We're proud of an excellent non-conference season that gave us plenty of challenging matches," UT head coach Al Wermer said. "That's the best proving ground to develop our games."
The Midnight Blue & Gold sent out its normal lineup and quickly grabbed the all-important doubles point to gain the early 1-0 advantage.
Sophomore tandem Tomas Stillman and Nicky Wong cruised by the Big Red's duo in the top flight by a score of 8-2. With the win, the No. 1 UT doubles team extended its win streak to five and improved its record to 13-7.
In the second flight, sophomore Grant Adams and senior Francisco Stuardo came away with an 8-1 victory. Adams and Stuardo are now 7-3 after the previous 10 matches.
Bryant Dudzik teamed up with his usual partner Ryan Jorgensen to claim the final doubles match, 8-5. The senior-freshman duo improved to 9-2 overall, extending their win streak to six matches.
"A few times this year, we've played to the level of our opponent," Wermer said. "Today, most of the guys' focus and intensity was solid."
UT kept the momentum rolling through singles competition with straight-set victories in every matchup.
Stillman, the reigning MAC Player of the Week, notched his fifth-consecutive win at the top spot over Denison's Cempre 6-1, 6-4.
Adams remained untouchable at No. 2 singles (15-0) by clinching a win in his 16th-straight outing. His overall singles record moved to 19-3 on the season.
Stuardo, Wong and Duzik notched wins in the third, fourth and sixth spots, respectively, while senior Terence Weigand got in on the action at No. 5 singles with his 14th triumph of the season.
Toledo opens MAC play next weekend versus Ball State on Saturday, March 30. Start time from the UT Varsity Tennis Courts is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Toledo 7, Denison 0
1. Stillman/Wong def. Veltman/Rajupet 8-2
2. Adams/Stuardo def. Cempre/Marczak 8-1
3. Dudzik/Jorgensen def. LoDuca/O'Gorman 8-5
1. Stillman def. Cempre 6-1, 6-4
2. Adams def. Veltman 7-5, 6-0
3. Stuardo def. Marczak 6-3, 6-2
4. Wong def. Rajupet 6-1, 6-2
5. Weigand def. Gettel 6-2, 6-0
6. Dudzik def. O'Gorman 7-6(11-9), 6-4
Broncos Extend Streak to Six, Sweep Doubleheader
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team tied their longest win streak of the season with a pair of victories on Sunday, as the Broncos defeated Butler 5-2 and Grand Valley State 7-0 at West Hills Athletic Club to reach six straight wins. With the wins, the Broncos improve to 14-7 on the season.
The doubleheader afforded the Broncos the opportunity to try several line-up combinations, with nine different players notching singles victories. Aaron Wong went 2-0 in singles play, including his first career win at No. 1 singles in the match against the Lakers. The Broncos were perfect in doubles play, winning all six matches on their slate.
The day began with the win over the Bulldogs, with the Broncos opening with a dominant doubles session before taking four of six singles matches. Wong and Jim Beckwith opened the scoring with an 8-2 win over Pulok Bhattacharya and Andres Maynez in the No. 3 match, and the session was clinched when Ross VanderPloeg and Stephen Payne downed Billy Weldon and Tommy Marx 8-4 in the No. 2 doubles match. Nadin Indre and Ruben Greiner closed the doubles session with a hard-fought win at No. 1 doubles, beating Sam O'Neill and Brandon Woods 8-6.
Wong gave the Broncos a 2-0 advantage in the match with a win over Brandon Woods at No. 5 singles, and Greiner put the Broncos in position to clinch the match with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Marx at No. 3 singles. The match was clinched when Indre defeated O'Neill at No. 2 doubles by a 6-4, 6-1 score. VanderPloeg closed the scoring for the Broncos, posting a dominating second set against Bhattacharya to win No. 1 singles by a score of 7-5, 6-0.
The match against the Lakers started in similar fashion, with the Broncos sweeping doubles play in the exact same order to take the lead. Wong and Beckwith earned their second team win of the day, shutting out Andrew Darrell and Andrew Heuerman 8-0 in the No. 3 doubles match. Payne and VanderPloeg cruised past Andrew Bole and Ben Esh-Nauta 8-1 in the No. 2 doubles match, and Indre and Greiner wrapped their days with an 8-5 win over Francis Bertrain and Bryan Hodges in the No. 1 doubles match.
Michael Treis picked up the first singles win of the match for the Broncos, shutting out Bole to the tune of a 6-0, 6-0 victory in the No. 4 singles match. he was followed by Payne, who controlled the tempo against Michael Kaye in the No. 5 singles match and won 6-1, 6-1. Andrew Cahn clinched the match victory for the Broncos with an exciting second-set tiebreaker win, beating Hodges 6-3, 7-6 (7), and Wong picked up his first career win at No. 1 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Francis Bertrand. Pablo Mora and Marc Shideler wrapepd the scoring for the Broncos, winning the Nos. 2 and 6 matches, respectively.
Western Michigan Men 5, Butler 2
Mar 24, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
1. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Pulok Bhattacharya (BUT) 7-5, 6-0
2. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Sam O'Neill (BUT) 6-4, 6-1
3. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Tommy Marx (BUT) 6-3, 6-0
4. Billy Weldon (BUT) def. Pablo Mora (WMU) 6-4, 7-5
5. Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Brandon Woods (BUT) 6-3, 6-0
6. Andres Maynez (BUT) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9)
1. Nadin Indre/Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Sam O'Neill/Brandon Woods (BUT) 8-6
2. Ross VanderPloeg/Stephen Payne (WMU) def. Billy Weldon/Tommy Marx (BUT) 8-4
3. Jim Beckwith/Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Pulok Bhattacharya/Andres Maynez (BUT) 8-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,3,2,6,1,4)
Western Michigan 7, Grand Valley State 0
Mar 24, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
1. Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Francis Bertrand (GVSU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Pablo Mora (WMU) def. Andrew Darrell (GVSU) 6-3, 6-6
3. Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Bryan Hodges (GVSU) 6-3, 7-6 (10-7)
4. Michael Treis (WMU) def. Andrew Bole (GVSU) 6-0, 6-0
5. Stephen Payne (WMU) def. Michael Kaye (GVSU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Marc Shideler (WMU) def. Ben Esh-Nauta (GVSU) 6-1, 6-4
1. Nadin Indre/Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Francis Bertrand/Bryan Hodges (GVSU) 8-5
2. Stephen Payne/Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Andrew Bole/Ben Esh-Nauta (GVSU) 8-1
3. Aaron Wong/Jim Beckwith (WMU) def. Andrew Darrell/Andrew Heuerman (GVSU) 8-0
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,5,3,1,6,2)
Broncos Return to Action, Sweep Home Twinbill
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team returned to action after a two-week layoff with a pair of dominant victories, defeating the Kalamazoo College Hornets and the Ferris State Bulldogs each by 7-0 scores. With the wins, the Broncos improve to 12-7 on the season.
The Broncos' day began with the defeat of the Hornets, as WMU made quick work of their cross-town rivals with a sterling performance. The doubles pairing of Ruben Greiner and Nadin Indre earned the first win of the day for WMU, downing Steve Hanselman and and Peter Rothstein 8-3. Stephen Payne and Ross VanderPloeg clinched the doubles point with a win in No. 2 doubles, beating Max Manley and Robert Hudson 8-3, and Jim Beckwith and Aaron Wong wrapped the doubles session with an 8-1 win in No. 3 doubles over Alan Faber and Mike Korn.
Wong provided the first singles win of the day, beating Korn 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 4 singles match, and VanderPloeg made it a 3-0 affair with a 6-3, 6-0 win in the No. 1 singles match over Rothstein. The match victory was clinched literally seconds later, when Indre completed a dominant second set over Hanselman in claiming a 7-5, 6-2 win over Hanselman at No. 2 singles.
Pablo Mora outlasted Robert Hudson in a close first set to win 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5 singles, Greiner defeated David DeSimone at No. 3 singles, and Cahn wrapped the match with a win at No. 6 singles, cruising past Faber to the tune of a 6-2, 6-1 score.
The match against the Bulldogs started in similar fashion, as Western Michigan swept through the doubles session to again take the early point; however, the Bulldogs put up a fight, nearly taking the No. 1 doubles match and challenging in another. Wong and Beckwith fought off a worthy challenge from Otto Keresztes and Aaron Dial, winning 8-6 at the No. 3 doubles, and Payne and VanderPloeg clinched the point for the Broncos with an 8-2 win over Sergiu Laza and Tyler Marengo at No. 2. Indre and Greiner completed the session with a comeback win, downing Laurent Galarneau and Razvan Mag 9-7 in the No. 1 match.
Greiner would be the first to strike in singles play, cruising past Merengo 6-0, 6-4 in the No. 3 singles match to give the Broncos a 2-0 lead. Mora was next, defeating Mag 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 4 singles match to put the Broncos in position to clinch the victory. VanderPloeg did just that, pulling away from Galarneau in a tight match to win 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Cahn picked up his second singles win of the day with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Andrew Dial at No. 6 singles, Wong came back from a set down to win a super tiebreaker against Keresztes, and Indre wrapped the scoring with a full three-set victory over Laza at No. 2 singles.
Western Michigan University 7, Kalamazoo College 0
Mar 21, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
1. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Peter Rothstein (KZO-M) 6-3, 6-0
2. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Steve Hanselman (KZO-M) 7-5, 6-2
3. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. David DeSimone (KZO-M) 6-3, 6-0
4. Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Mike Korn (KZO-M) 6-1, 6-1
5. Pablo Mora (WMU) def. Robert Hudson (KZO-M) 6-4, 6-2
6. Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Alan Faber (KZO-M) 6-2, 6-1
1. Ruben Greiner/Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Steve Hanselman/Peter Rothstein (KZO-M) 8-3
2. Stephen Payne/Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Max Manley/Robert Hudson (KZO-M) 8-3
3. Jim Beckwith/Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Alan Faber/Mike Korn (KZO-M) 8-1
Kalamazoo College 2-3
Western Michigan University 10-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (,4,1,2,5,3,6)
Western Michigan University 7, Ferris State 0
Mar 21, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
1. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Laurent Galarneau (FS) 6-3, 6-2
2. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Sergiu Laza (FS) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Tyler Marengo (FS) 6-0, 6-4
4. Pablo Mora (WMU) def. Razvan Mag (FS) 6-2, 6-2
5. Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Otto Keresztes (FS) 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
6. Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Aaron Dial (FS) 6-4, 6-2
1. Nadin Indre/Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Laurent Galarneau/Razvan Mag (FS) 9-7
2. Stephen Payne/Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Sergiu Laza/Tyler Marengo (FS) 8-2
3. Aaron Wong/Jim Beckwith (WMU) def. Otto Keresztes/Aaron Dial (FS) 8-6
Ferris State 6-1
Western Michigan University 11-7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,4,1,6,5,2)