MAC Men's Tennis Weekend Preview: Jan. 31st

Updated 1/31/2014

Here is a preview of this weekend's MAC Men's Tennis action.

 
Ball State:
 
Cardinals to visit  Michigan State on Saturday.
 
Ball State will travel to East Lansing to play at Michigan State on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Noon.
 
 
Buffalo:
 
Bulls host Cleveland State on Saturday
 
Buffalo will host the Cleveland State Vikings on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1:00 pm ET.
 
 
Northern Illinois:
 
Men's Tennis Will Take on Three Teams This Weekend;
It'll be Southern Illinois on Friday and then Detroit and UW-Whitewater on Saturday
 
DeKALB, Ill. - It'll be a busy weekend for the Huskies (2-1) at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill. They'll play three matches in total on Friday and Saturday. First up is an evening match at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31. NIU is set to host Southern Illinois. On Saturday, February 1, the team will host a doubleheader against Detroit and UW-Whitewater, looking to find the same success found last Friday against IPFW and Chicago State. The matches will begin at 1:00 p.m.
 
Last time out, on Friday, January 24, the Huskies were dominant in two matches. They took on the Chicago State Cougars to start the day at 1:00 p.m. NIU lost only one point during the match, coming away with a 6-1 victory to even the team's record at 1-1 at the time. In the evening cap at 5:00 p.m. the IPFW Mastodons took to the courts against the home Huskies. This one featured closer individual matches, but the end result was another win for the Huskies, 7-0.
 
On Friday evening, the Huskies will face the Southern Illinois Salukis (0-2). The Salukis have dropped their first two matches, but this team has found success in the past and is certainly no pushover. They have posted winning records in three of the last five seasons, including an NCAA Tournament berth following an excellent 2009 spring season. Last year, these two teams battled on Sunday, March 24. NIU took a narrow 4-3 victory by taking four of the six singles matches in the event.
 
On Saturday, NIU's first match will be against the Detroit Titans (1-3) at 1:00 p.m. The Titans have had a rough start on the road, going 0-3 in such affairs so far. Head Coach Grant Asher has been with the team since 2007. He's looking to improve on last year's 9-14 end result.
 
At 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, the Huskies will get the UW-Whitewater Warhawks to finish off the weekend. It will be the first match of the season for the Warhawks. Frank Barnes has been the head coach of the team for more than a decade now, having first assumed the position in 2003. When the Huskies faced the Warhawks last year, they won 6-1. 
 
After this trio of matches, NIU will have five days to prepare for a match against SIU-Edwardsville on Friday, February 7. That matches will be in Rockford, Ill. at the Boylan Tennis Center at 5:00 p.m.
 
 
Toledo:
 
Rocket Tennis Hits the Road for Weekday Doubleheader in Louisville
 
TOLEDO, OH - The Rockets look to get back on the winning track on Thursday, Jan. 30 when they take on Tennessee Tech and No. 47 Louisville. The matches will be held at Louisville’s Bass-Rudd Tennis Center and are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., respectively.
 
Louisville will be the the sixth team Toledo has faced this season ranked in the top 75 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
 
“We know our goals and we know how good we can be,” head coach Al Wermer said. “This stretch has been littered with some of the top national and traditional programs in their buildings, and it’s just part of our player development and team development plan.”
 
The Rockets went 0-2 last weekend with losses to Duquesne (4-3) and No. 5 Ohio State (4-0).
 
UT led the Dukes 1-0 following doubles competition, but couldn’t hold onto the lead, losing four of six singles matchups. 
 
Sophomore Garrett Cona (Silver Lake, OH) and freshman Stjepan Sisko (Kastel Stari, Croatia) recorded a 6-3 victory in No. 2 doubles, and senior Ben Brocker (Poland, OH) and freshman Boris Pak (Moscow, Russia) took a 6-4 No. 3 doubles victory in a match which they trailed 3-0.
 
Sisko also recorded a No. 2 singles victory, with tiebreakers in both the first and second sets, before closing out his opponent in the third. Junior Mark Singnil (Samutsakorn, Thailand) recorded his third win of the season and first in No. 1 singles with a three set victory against Duquesne.
 
Against the Buckeyes, junior Roberto Meza (Antofagasta, Chile) took his opponent to a third set in No. 5 singles before the match was called short.
 
The Rockets host a doubleheader of their own on Saturday, Feb. 1 when they welcome Youngstown State (1:00 p.m.) and Ferris State to (6:00 p.m.) Shadow Valley Tennis Club. The following day, UT takes on IPFW (3:00 p.m.) at home.