Here is a preview to this weekend's MAC men's tennis action.
Cardinals to host Cleveland State on Sunday
Ball State will host Cleveland State on Sunday January, 26 at 2 pm ET.
Men's Tennis Earns National Ranking
BUFFALO, NY - For the first time in program history, the University at Buffalo men's tennis team found itself ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Top 75 team rankings, as the new poll was released Tuesday. The ranking comes on the heels of a historic win for the Bulls, who beat a Cornell team that was previously ranked 53rd in the poll.
Coming in at number 70 in the poll, the Bulls are the lone team from the Mid-American Conference to make the list and are one of just five teams to enter the list from the unranked column. Also ranked in the poll are two future UB opponents, with Princeton and Central Florida.
Buffalo will next be in action on Feb. 1, hosting Cleveland State for its home opener at Miller Tennis Center. Match time is set for 1 pm.
Men's Tennis Will Host Doubleheader Friday Against IPFW and Chicago State
The Huskies will face IPFW at 1:00 p.m. and Chicago State at 5:00 p.m. at the Boylan Tennis Center
DeKALB, Ill. - The Huskies are hosting a doubleheader on Friday, January 24 for the first men's tennis home matches of the season. At the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill. NIU will face IPFW at 1:00 p.m. and Chicago State at 5:00 p.m.
Last time out, NIU traveled to No. 30 Drake University for the first men's tennis match of the season. While the Huskies fell 4-3, the event showed some of the potential of this current NIU team. Frederic Cadieux defeated No. 123 Matt Frost in the No. 3 match. Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof teamed up to defeat No. 8 Ravi Patel and Ryan Goodman. With these strong individual starts, the Huskies will look to put together some victories as a team.
NIU will take on IPFW to start on Friday, a team that is coming off a 5-2 loss against Ball State to begin the season. The Mastodons are led by head coach Eric Burns, who is coaching the team for a 12th season. Last year, he led the team to a 9-17 record. When the Huskies and Mastodons met in 2013, NIU took a narrow victory, 4-3.
After the match with IPFW, Chicago State will join the home team on the courts. The Cougars are 0-2 on the young season after losing to Northwestern and Western Michigan last weekend. They're led by four-year coach Jack Barton. These two teams played in 2013, a match which NIU won, 7-0. Chicago State is looking to rebound from a tough season in 2013, when the team went 1-22.
A newcomer to the Cougars aims to help them achieve improvement this season. Former NIU men's tennis player and assistant coach Javier Bernabe is the latest addition to the Chicago State coaching staff. Bernabe coached for three seasons (Fall 2010 to Spring 2013) and played for four seasons (Fall 2006 to Spring 2010) at NIU.
Following the completion of the doubleheader on Friday, the Huskies will have exactly one week to prepare for a home match against Southern Illinois on Friday, January 31. It will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill.
Rockets in action with two matches this weekend
Toledo will host Duquesne on Saturday, January 25 at 1:00 pm ET and will travel to Ohio State on Sunday, January 26 at 7:00 pm ET.
Men's Tennis Wraps Week vs. Cleveland State
Western Michigan travels to Cleveland State on Friday, January 24 at 7 pm ET at the Westlake Paramount Tennis Club.
Series History: This will be just the fourth-ever meeting between the Broncos and the Vikings, with Western Michigan holding a 2-1 advantage over Cleveland State in the all-time series. The Broncos pulled out a 5-2 decision in the last meeting between the two teams on Feb. 8, 2013, taking five of six singles matches after dropping the doubles point to the Vikings. Four Broncos who won singles matches against the Vikings return for this meeting, including three players - Nadin Indre, Andrew Cahn, and Pablo Mora - who required three sets to pick up their wins. Ruben Greiner cruised in his singles match, defeating Joe Vanmeter 6-0, 6-0.
Locked In: Senior Nadin Indre is the only Bronco player to have played every one of his singles matches in the same spot in the line-up this year, as the two-time First Team All-MAC selection is an automatic in the No. 1 singles position. Indre is 3-0 in No. 1 singles so far this year, and has provided an additional boost to the Broncos coming out of the doubles point; Indre has been the first singles player off the court in two of his three matches, and was the second off in the other.
Tight Turnaround: The Broncos have opened the 2014 dual match season with a high volume of matches in a short amount of time, with this match against the Vikings capping a long seven-day stretch for the Brown and Gold. The Broncos have now played four matches in seven days, dating back to the match at #26 Michigan last week. WMU fell in that one but took both ends of a doubleheader on Monday against Illinois-Chicago and Chicago State.