Here is a preview towards this weekends MAC men's tennis action.
Tennis Set to Host Three MAC Matches This Weekend
First Serve: The Ball State men's tennis team (12-7) will host its first home Mid-American Conference match of the season Saturday against Northern Illinois at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center beginning at 1 p.m. The Cardinals recently lost to No. 27 Notre Dame Monday by a score of 5-2. Despite the loss Ball State took the doubles point from the Fighting Irish. Sophomore Patrick Elliott also earned a straight set singles victory over Michael Moore, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 at the No. 5 position. Ball State opened MAC play 1-0 March 30 after posting a 5-2 win at Toledo. Last season Ball State lost to Northern Illinois by a score of 6-1.
Next Up: The Ball State men's tennis team will continue to play at home when it hosts Western Michigan (April 13) and Chicago State (April 14).
The Bulls will travel to Western Michigan on Friday, April 5 at 1:00 pm ET and then continue to play at Toledo on Sunday, April 7 at 1:00 pm ET.
The Cougars will travel to Marquette on Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 pm ET and then host Nebraska Omaha on Sunday, April 7 at 10:00 am ET.
The Huskies will visit Ball State on Saturday, April 6 at 5:00 pm CT and travel to IPFW in Fort Wayne on Sunday, April 7 at 1:00 pm CT.
The Rockets will host Buffalo on Sunday, April 7 at 1:00 pm ET.
Men's Tennis Hosts Buffalo in MAC Clash
Western Michigan Broncos (16-7, 2-0 MAC) vs. Buffalo Bulls (6-6, 0-0 MAC); Friday, April 5 // 1 p.m.; Kalamazoo, Mich. // Sorensen Courts
THE SERIES: This will be the 19th meeting between the Broncos and the Bulls, with Western Michigan holding a 16-2 advantage in the all-time series against their MAC rivals. Consistently among the top teams in the conference, these teams have played each other in the MAC tournament championship match in two of the last three seasons, and one of the two teams has taken at least a share of the MAC regular season championship in each of the last three seasons. The last time the teams met was in the 2012 MAC Tournament championship, with the Broncos downing the Bulls 4-0 at the tournament site in Toledo.
DOUBLE DIP: The Mid-American Conference announced it’s weekly tennis award winners, and for the second straight week, Western Michigan’s Aaron Wong received the MAC Player of the Week honors. The awards are the first two Player of the Week awards in Wong’s career, and the most recent honor represents the seventh for a member of the Bronco men’s tennis team this season.
Wong extended his season-long win streaks in a MAC doubleheader on Friday, going 4-0 overall (2-0 in singles play, 2-0 in doubles play) in road matches against Northern Illinois and Chicago State. He has now won six straight singles matches to improve to 21-14 overall in singles play, including a 14-8 record in dual matches. Wong has found in groove in doubles play since he started teaming with Jim Beckwith, possessing a 7-1 record teamed with the freshman.