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

Updated 1/31/2014

MAC Men's Tennis Scoreboard

Thursday, Jan. 30

Toledo 5, Tennessee Tech 2

Louisville 6, Toledo 1

Friday, Jan. 31

Northern Illinois 6, Southern Illinois 1
Saturday, Feb. 1
Michigan State 7, Ball State 0
Buffalo 4, Cleveland State 3
Northern Illinois 7, Detroit 0
Northern Illinois 7, UW-Whitewater 0
Toledo 6, Youngstown State 1
Sunday, Feb. 2
IPFW 4, Toledo 3


Ball State:

Men's Tennis Suffers Loss At No. 48 Michigan State
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Ball State men's tennis team fell to 2-2 on the season after suffering a  7-0 loss at Big Ten foe No. 48 Michigan State, Saturday afternoon at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. With the win the Spartans improved to 4-3 in dual action.
The Cardinals fell behind early 1-0 after the Spartans took the doubles point by sweeping all three matches.  At No. 1 doubles, Ray Leonard and Patrick Elliott lost by two games, falling 8-6 to Michigan State's duo of John Patrick Mullane and Drew Lied.  Same situation happened to the Cardinals No. 2 position, as Austin Smith paired up with Lucas Andersen to play a tough 8-6 match against Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun.
Michigan State took all six singles matches from Ball State in straight sets.  Andersen came close to taking the first set from Mullane at the No. 3 slot but ended up losing 7-5, 6-3.  Smith also played a strong match at the No. 4 position but would end up suffering a 7-5, 7-6 loss to Linders.
The Ball State men's tennis team will be back in action at home Saturday, Feb. 8 when it hosts a doubleheader at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.  The first match will be played against Eastern Illinois at 1 p.m. and then the Cardinals will close with a night cap over Indiana Tech.
No. 48 Michigan State 7, Ball State 0
No. 1  Ray Leonard/Patrick Elliott (BSU) loses to Drew Lied/ John Patrick Mullane (MSU), 8-6
No. 2  Austin Smith/Lucas Andersen (BSU) loses to Gijs Linders/Harry Jadun (MSU), 8-6
No. 3  Andrew Stutz/Patrick Downs (BSU) loses to Brett Forman/Aaron Pfister (MSU), 8-2
No. 1 Ray Leonard (BSU) loses to Drew Lied (MSU) 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 Patrick Elliott (BSU) loses to Aaron Pfister (MSU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 Lucas Andersen (BSU) loses to John Patrick Mullane (MSU), 7-5, 6-3
No. 4 Austin Smith (BSU) loses to Gijs Linders (MSU) 7-5, 7-6
No. 5 Andrew Stutz (BSU) loses to Brett Forman (MSU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 6 Patrick Downs (BSU) loses to Harry Jadun (MSU) 6-2, 6-4



Buffalo Opens Home Season With 4-3 Win
BUFFALO, NY - The UB men's tennis team opened up the 2014 home schedule with a rollercoaster 4-3 win over Cleveland State Saturday afternoon. The Bulls were up 2-0 early before the Vikings rallied for a 3-2 lead. It would come down to a Sergio Arevalillo win at fourth singles to clinch the win for the team, which is now 2-0 in the duals season.
"Doubles went so quick that I think we were put to sleep a bit, but they (Cleveland State) are a strong team and they were taking it to us in singles," head coach Lee Nickell said. "We weren't as sharp as we had been mentally and that kind of hurt us a bit, but all in all our fight was there and our competitive drive was there and that's what took us through this match."
The doubles portion was dominated by Buffalo, who swept all three matches to earn what would become a very valuable point. The lead would move to 2-0 after a win at second singles by Sebastian Ionescu, who had earlier teamed with Pablo Alvarez for a 6-3 win at third doubles. The Vikings would strike for wins at first, sixth, and third singles in fast order to go ahead 3-2. To add to the pressure, Cleveland State would also force third sets at fourth and fifth singles after convincing first-set efforts from Arevalillo and Akhil Mehta, respectively.
Mehta would battle back from a 6-4 loss in the second set and had a critical break to turn a 4-3 deficit in the third set into a 5-4 lead en route to the victory. That would put the pressure on fellow sophomore Arevalillo, who trailed 5-4 in the third set to Joe VanMeter. He would force a 5-5 tie to go into a tiebreaker, and he would cruise easily to the 6-5 win after dominating the extra play.
"Akhil and Sergio had a couple of matches last year that came down to them and they couldn't quite pull through. For them to both be down today and come back just shows you what they're accomplishing here at this program."
After moving up to 69th in the ITA Top 75 polls earlier in the week, the Bulls will likely move up after the win Saturday. Next up for the team will be a pair of matches on the road next weekend. First will be Dartmouth on Friday morning, followed by a Saturday afternoon match against Penn.
David/Mehta def. Shabib/VanMeter, 6-4
Arevalillo/Hannestad def. Kuelker/Bellutti, 6-4
Alvarez/Ionescu def. Van Der Vloet/Ford, 6-3
Van Der Vloet def. David, 6-4, 6-1
Ionescu def. Shabib, 6-3, 6-2
Kuelker def. Alvarez, 6-3, 6-3
Arevalillo def. VanMeter, 6-3, 4-6, 6-5
Mehta def. Bellutti, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Marks def. Hannestad, 6-1, 6-5


Northern Illinois:

Huskies Sweep Doubleheader Against Detroit and UWW to Go 3-0 On the Weekend;
NIU shut out the opposition in both matches
ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's tennis team capped off a successful weekend by sweeping Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit and UW-Whitewater. The Huskies took both matches 7-0, and they won all but one individual match on the day. With Saturday's performance, the team improves to 5-1.
"Yesterday we talked about the challenge of playing back to back with energy and enthusiasm, and they did," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. "Our team took a small step forward this weekend because we dominated two teams that we had trouble with last year. We barely beat SIU-Carbondale and lost to Detroit last year, but that wasn't the case this year."
The first match of the day for NIU was against the Detroit Titans. The Huskies thoroughly dominated this affair, as no individual match went needed more than two sets to decide a victor. NIU started off well by taking the doubles point after the Axel Lagerlof/Dor Amir and Simon Formont/Frederic Cadieux tandems defeated their opposing doubles teams, both in a 6-3 final.
Singles would prove to be another strong point for the Huskies in the first event for the team. They didn't drop a match in singles play. The toughest affairs were in the No. 4 and No.5. In the No. 4, Carlos Manzanas ground out two long sets to take down Detroit's Rafael Orantes, 6-5, 6-5. Jovan Zeljkovic had a similar battle with Detroit's Ismail Kadyrov in the No. 5, eventually winning 6-5, 6-4. With the singles wins, the Huskies shutout the opposing Titans, 7-0.
In the evening cap, the Huskies rode the momentum from earlier in the day to a match against the UWW Warhawks. Once again, they took the doubles point to get an early 1-0 edge, winning the No. 1 and No. 3 matches. Just as in the affair against Detroit, NIU was flawless in singles play, taking all six individual matches. This was another shutout, the third of the season for NIU, as the Huskies won 7-0. 
NIU is off until Friday, February 7. The Huskies will remain at home for an evening match at 5:00 p.m. against SIU-Edwardsville. It will be held at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill.
NIU 7, Detroit 0
 #1: Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Jay Joshi (DET) 6-2, 6-3
 #2: Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Bobby Cawood (DET) 6-1, 6-2
 #3: Dor Amir (NIU) def. Patryk Koscielski (DET) 6-4, 6-2
 #4: Carlos Manzanas (NIU) def. Rafael Orantes (DET) 6-5, 6-5
 #5: Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Ismail Kadyrov (DET) 6-5, 6-4
 #6: Simon Formont (NIU) def. Matt White (DET) 6-0, 6-3
 #1: Lagerlof/Amir (NIU) def. Conley/Orantes (DET) 6-3
 #2: Zeljkovic/Lynch (NIU) vs. Joshi/Cawood) (DET) DNF
 #3: Cadieux/Formont def. Kadyrov/Koscialski (DET) 6-3
NIU 7, UWW 0
 #1: Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Ben Shklyar (UWW) 6-2, 6-2
 #2: Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Jake Humphreys (UWW) 6-1, 6-1
 #3: Dor Amir (NIU) def. Byron Balkin (UWW) 6-3, 6-4
 #4: Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Brian Klein (UWW) 6-5, 6-2
 #5: Carlos Manzanas (NIU) def. Scott Butler (UWW) 6-3, 6-2
 #6: Simon Formont (NIU) def. Matt Bisbee (UWW) 6-4, 6-5
 #1: Lagerlof/Amir (NIU) def. Shklyar/Balkin (UWW) 6-4
 #2: Butler/Friend (UWW) def. Lynch/Zeljkovic (NIU) 6-5
 #3: Formont/Cadieux (NIU) def. Klein/Humphreys (UWW) 6-3
Huskies Best Salukis, 6-1;
NIU defeated SIU to improve to 3-1 on the season
DeKALB, Ill. - The Huskies improved to 3-1 this season with a win against SIU on Friday evening. NIU's men's tennis team and the opposing Salukis took to the courts at the Boylan Tennis Center at 5:00 p.m. and after some close individual matches, NIU walked away with a 6-1 victory.
"We did not play our best tonight, but part of that was SIU's performance," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. "They came out and played great in doubles to start. Then, we turn around and get off to slow starts in singles, but I have to give our team credit. We withstood their runs and played through those rough patches."
To kick off the event, the teams played some tightly contested doubles matches. Each match had a final score of 6-5. NIU was able to take the No. 1 and No. 2 matches to take the doubles point, but SIU certainly made it a challenge. In the No. 1, Axel Lagerlof and Dor Amir improved their doubles record to 4-0 this season, taking down Jonny Rigby and Michael Kianicka in the match. Jovan Zeljkovic and Matt Lynch picked up their third win of the season in doubles play after defeating Rafael Cuadrillero and Filip Aleksic in the No. 2.
Singles play would prove to be a challenge for the Huskies as well. While they did take five of the six matches here, three matches would need more than the regular two sets to find a victor. Frederic Cadieux continued his excellent start to the 2014 season, improving his record to 4-0 in No. 3 matches after taking a nice comeback victory against SIU's Jorge Cavero, 3-6, 6-5, 10-4. Simon Formont also remained unbeaten on the season, picking up his fourth win against Aleksic, 6-3, 2-6, 6-0. 
The Huskies will get right back to the courts on Saturday. Starting at 1:00 p.m. on February 1, NIU will face Detroit at the Boylan Tennis Center. Later that day at 5:00 p.m. the Huskies will host UW-Whitewater.
 "Tomorrow will be just as difficult, playing a doubleheader against two good teams," added Fisher. "The challenge for us will be whether we can play with energy and enthusiasm over a longer period of time. I am looking forward to seeing how we handle ourselves this early in the season."
NIU 6, SIU 1
 #1: Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Jonny Rigby (SIU) 6-4, 6-1
 #2: Michael Kianicka (SIU) def. Dor Amir (NIU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
 #3: Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Jorge Cavero (SIU) 3-6, 6-5, 10-4
 #4: Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Szymon Opieczonek (SIU) 6-4, 6-3
 #5: Carlos Manzanas (NIU) def. Rafael Cuadrillero (SIU) 6-3, 6-1
 #6: Simon Formont (NIU) def. Filip Aleksic (SIU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-0
 #1: Amir/Lagerlof (NIU) def. Rigby/Kianicka (SIU) 6-5
 #2: Zeljkovic/Lynch (NIU) def. Cuadrillero/Aleksic (SIU) 6-5
 #3: Cavero/Opienczonek (SIU) def. Formont/Cadieux (NIU) 6-5



Rockets’ Comeback Falls Short, Lose to IPFW 4-3
TOLEDO, OH - The Toledo men’s tennis team couldn’t quite complete the comeback, as the Rockets fell 4-3 to IPFW on Sunday, Feb. 2 at Shadow Valley Tennis Club.  Toledo falls to 2-8 on the season.
“We're going to be far better than what we're showing right now,” head coach Al Wermer said. “We are extremely consistent at being inconsistent. I'm confident we'll get much better.”
The Rockets lost two of three doubles matches, with their lone win coming from sophomore Garrett Cona (Silver Lake, OH) and freshman Stjepan Sisko (Kastel Stari) in the No. 2 doubles slot.
Toledo would go on to win the top three singles matches as well. Sisko took home a win in the No. 2 spot, while juniors Mark Singnil (Samutsakorn, Thailand) and Nicky Wong (Mansfield, OH) in No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively.
In the No. 5 singles match, Cona took his opponent to a crucial third set, but fell 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to clinch the match for IPFW.
The Rockets are off until Friday, Feb. 14, when they host a doubleheader at Shadow Valley against Wayne State and Dayton.
IPFW 4, Toledo 3
Singles competition
1. Mark Singnil (TOL) def. Daniel Kang (IPFW) 6-2, 6-2
2. Stjepan Sisko (TOL) def. Jonathan Raa (IPFW) 6-0, 6-2
3. Nicky Wong (TOL) def. Andres Cobos (IPFW) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
4. Gerard Guell (IPFW) def. Roberto Meza (TOL) 6-5, 6-3
5. Martin Muadi (IPFW) def. Garrett Cona (TOL) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
6. Karl Wangenstein-Oye (IPFW) def. Ryan Jorgensen (TOL) 6-5, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Daniel Kang/Andres Cobos (IPFW) def. Mark Singnil/Nicky Wong (TOL) 6-3
2. Garrett Cona/Stjepan Sisko (TOL) def. Gerard Guell/Martin Muadi (IPFW) 6-1
3. Jonathan Raa/Karl Wangensten-Oye (IPFW) def. Ryan Jorgensen/Boris Pak (TOL) 6-3
Rockets Claim 6-1 Victory Over Youngstown State
TOLEDO, OH - The Toledo men’s tennis team had a strong outing at Shadow Valley Tennis Club, defeating Youngstown State 6-1 for its second win in three matches.
“We’re getting better on the big points and I think we’re playing better as a team every match,” head coach Al Wermer said. “We’re learning how to battle together and having some fun fighting together.”
The Rockets claimed two of three doubles matches on the day. Juniors Mark Singnil (Samutsakorn, Thailand) and Nicky Wong (Mansfield, OH) scored a 6-4 victory in No. 1 doubles, while sophomore Garrett Cona (Silver Lake, OH) and freshman Stjepan Sisko (Kastel Stari, Croatia) won 6-3 in the No. 2 doubles slot.
Sisko also earned a win in No. 2 singles. It was his third singles victory of the season, improving to 3-1 in the second spot.
Singnil defeated Silviu Mistreanu of Youngstown State 5-4, 6-4, 10-1 in No. 1 singles to bump his record to 3-1 in the first singles spot and 5-3 overall. Wong, junior Roberto Meza (Antofagasta, Chile) and senior Ben Brocker (Poland, OH) all earned singles victories as well, in the No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 spots, respectively.
This evening’s match against Ferris State was canceled due to inclement weather, but may be rescheduled for later in the spring.
The Rockets complete their weekend action tomorrow, welcoming IPFW to the Glass City. The match is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.
1. Mark Singnil (TOL) def. Silviu Mistreanu (YSU) 5-6, 6-4, 10-1
2. Sjepan Sisko (TOL) def. Sebastian Hagn (YSU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Nicky Wong (TOL) def. Dawoud Kabli (YSU) 6-1, 5-6, 6-1
4. Max Schmerin (YSU) def. Garrett Cona (TOL) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
5. Roberto Meza (TOL) def. Zeeshan Ismail (YSU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Ben Brocker (TOL) def. Neughre (YSU) 6-3, 6-4
1. Mark Singnil/Nicky Wong (TOL) def. Dawoud Kabli/Sebastian Hagn (YSU) 6-4
2. Garrett Cona/Stjepan Sisko (TOL) def. Zeeshan Ismail/Rodrigo Campos (YSU) 6-3
3. Silviu Mistreanu/Max Schmerin (YSU) def. Ben Brocker/Roberto Meza (TOL) 6-3
Rocket Tennis Splits Doubleheader Against Tennessee Tech and Louisville
LOUISVILLE, KY - The Rockets earned their first victory of the 2014 season on Thursday, defeating Tennessee Tech 5-2 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Toledo also faced off against No. 47 Louisville, falling to the Cardinals 6-1.
“We can take some confidence from the team win earlier today, and definitely from a great doubles outing versus Louisville” head coach Al Wermer said. “We know we can be good, but we know it’s a process.”
In their first match of the day, the Rockets won two of three matchups against TTU to secure the doubles point. Freshman Stjepan Sisko (Kastel Stari, Croatia) and sophomore Garrett Cona (Silver Lake, OH) recorded a 6-1 victory in No. 2 doubles, and sophomore Ryan Jorgensen (Toledo, OH) teamed up with freshman Boris Pak (Moscow, Russia) to take No. 3 doubles 6-3.
Juniors Mark Singnil (Samutsakorn, Thailand) and Nicky Wong (Mansfield, OH) led 5-4 in No. 1 doubles when the match was called short.
In singles play, Singnil recorded his fourth win of the season and second in No. 1 singles with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-5 victory. With the win, he improves to 3-2 overall on the season.
Sisko and Wong added wins in No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively, and junior Roberto Meza (Antofagasta, Chile) earned a three-set victory in No. 5 singles.
UT also earned the doubles point against Louisville in the second match of the day.
Sisko and Cona earned their second No. 2 doubles victory of the day, with a 6-3 triumph over the Cardinals, while Wong and Singnil bounced back from a loss against TTU to win 6-5 in No. 1 doubles.
The Rockets return home for a doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 1 against Youngstown State and Ferris State. The first match is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. at Shadow Valley Tennis Club, followed by the 6:00 p.m. match against FSU.
1. Mark Singnil (TOL) def. AROVIN, Oleksiy (TTU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-5
2. Stjepan Sisko (TOL) def. EREMEEV, Vasily (TTU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Nicky Wong (TOL) def. ESTEBAN, Alberto (TTU) 6-2, 0-6, 6-2
4. JAIN, Gagan (TTU) def. Garrett Cona (TOL) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Roberto Meza (TOL) def. TARASOV, Artem (TU) 6-1, 5-6, 6-4
6. CINTAS, Alvaro (TTU) def. Boris Pak (TOL) 6-3, 6-5
1. AROVIN, Oleksiy/ESTEBAN, Alberto (TTU) vs. Mark Singnil/Nicky Wong (TOL) 5-4
2. Stjepan Sisko/Garrett Cona (TOL) def. EREMEEV, Vasily/TARASOV, Artem (TTU) 6-1
3. Ryan Jordensen/Boris Pak (TOL) def. MUNOZ, Gonzalo/JAIN, Gagan (TTU) 6-3
1. Seb Stiefelmeyer (LOU-MT) def. Mark Singnil (TOL) 6-3, 6-5
2. Albert Wagner (LOU-MT) def. Stjepan Sisko (TOL) 6-5, 6-2
3. Alex Gornet (LOU-MT) def. Nicky Wong (TOL) 6-3, 6-5
4. Van Damrongsri (LOU-MT) def. Garrett Cona (TOL) 6-3, 6-4
5. Chris Simich (LOU-MT) def. Roberto Meza (TOL) 6-2, 6-0
6. Michael Lippens (LOU-MT) def. Ryan Jordensen (TOL) 6-3, 6-1
1. Nicky Wong/Mark Singnil (TOL) def. Seb Stiefelmeyer/Albert Wagner (LOU-MT) 6-5
2. Stjepan Sisko/Garrett Cona (TOL) def. Alex Gornet/Chris Simich (LOU-MT) 6-3
3. Van Damrongsri/Luis Elizondo (LOU-MT) def. Ryan Jordensen/Boris Pak (TOL) 6-5