MAC Men's Tennis Weekend Recap: Feb. 8th

Updated 2/8/2014

MAC Men's Tennis Scoreboard

Friday, Feb. 7
Dartmouth 6, Buffalo 1
Northern Illinois 6, SIU-Edwardsville 1
Indiana 6, Western Michigan 1
Saturday, Feb. 8
Ball State 6, Eastern Illinois 1
Ball State 7, Indiana Tech 0
Buffalo 4, Penn 3
Illinois State 4, Western Michigan 3
Sunday, Feb. 9
Indiana 5, Northern Illinois 2
Here is a review of this weekend's MAC Men's Tennis action.
Ball State:
Men's Tennis Dominates Saturday's Doubleheader
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State men's tennis team snapped its two-match losing streak after winning both of its matches Saturday at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.  The Cardinals started the afternoon with a 6-1 win over Eastern Illinois and went on to defeat Indiana Tech 7-0 in the night cap.
With the wins, Ball State improves to 4-2 on the season while Eastern Illinois falls to 1-2 and Indiana Tech drops to 0-1.
In the first match of the day, the Cardinals got off to a quick start by taking the doubles point from Eastern Illinois.  Ray Leonard and Patrick Elliott earned an 8-5 victory over Robert Skolik and Kevin Bauman at the top doubles spot.  Andrew Stutz paired up with teammate Patrick Downs for the 8-7 (3) defeat over Moritz Kandt and David Constantinescu at the No. 3 position.
Leonard, Elliott, Austin Smith, Lucas Andersen and Stutz were all winners in their respective singles positions. 
In the second half of the doubleheader, Ball State was able to build off its first match momentum by sweeping Indiana Tech, 7-0.  The Cardinals took all three doubles matches for the early 1-0 advantage over the Warriors.  Ball State would then finish off Indiana Tech with straight set victories in all six singles matches.
The Ball State men's tennis team continues dual action Feb. 19, for a 1 p.m. match at Xavier.
Bulls Earn Historic Win in Weekend Split
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Buffalo men's tennis team shook off a tough loss to Dartmouth on Friday afternoon to record another big win over an Ivy League opponent, edging Penn 4-3 on Saturday for its first win ever against the Quakers.
The split over the weekend moves the Bulls - ranked 71st in the country - to 3-1 in the early going of the dual season. Pablo Alvarez went 2-0 in singles play over the weekend, including the deciding win against Penn. Alvarez would earn a three-set win over Dartmouth's Brandon DeBot, but the Bulls would come up short in two over three-set matches in the loss.
It would rally in a big way against the Quakers on Saturday, starting with a win of the doubles point. Alvarez and Sebastian Ionescu would win a 6-0 shutout at third doubles, and Sergio Arevalillo would team with Jonathan Hannestad to win the deciding match at second doubles, 6-3, to put the Bulls up 1-0 going into singles play.
The Quakers would win at fourth and fifth singles to surge ahead before a 6-5, 6-1 win by Ionescu at first singles would knot the score up again. Hannestad would put the team on the brink of victory with a 6-4, 6-3 win at sixth singles, but the Quakers would defend home court with a win at second singles to put all the attention on Alvarez and his opponent, Jeremy Court.
While the overall match score was swinging back and forth, Alvarez was in a dogfight after dropping the first set 4-6. He would stay alive with a 6-5 win in the second set thanks to a tiebreaker win, and with all eyes on him, he would complete the comeback with a 6-4 third set. The performance was reminiscent of his match against Cornell, when he would provide the clinching point in the team's first-ever win against the Big Red.
"Once we get home tonight at 2 am we will have spent over 20 hours in a passenger van this weekend," head coach Lee Nickell said. "It is a big accomplishment for us to upset Penn and to compete with a team the caliber of Dartmouth. This has been a very good start to the season, but as a group we understand this is just the beginning of the season. Our goal continues to be to focus one match at a time and continue to get better everyday"
The team will have a week to rest its weary legs before hosting Duquesne. Match time for Saturday is scheduled for 1 pm at Miller Tennis Center.
#71 Buffalo 4, Penn 3
1.)  Kocovic/Nardella (Penn) defeated David/Mehta (Buffalo): 6-2
2.)  Arevalillo/Hannestad (Buffalo) defeated Spratt/Kaplan (Penn): 6-3
3.)  Ionescu/Alvarez (Buffalo) defeated Court/De Alwis (Penn): 6-0
 *Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1.) Sebastian Ionescu (Buffalo) defeated Nikola Kocovic (Penn): 6-5, 6-1
2.) Vim De Alwis (Penn) defeated Damien David (Buffalo): 6-4, 6-5
3.) Pablo Alvarez (Buffalo) defeated Jeremy Court (Penn): 4-6, 6-5, 6-4
4.) Matt Nardella (Penn) defeated Sergio Arevalillo (Buffalo): 6-3, 6-1
5.) Marshall Sharp (Penn) defeated Akhil Mehta (Buffalo): 6-3, 6-2
6.) Johnathan Hannestad (Buffalo) defeated Zach Lessen (Penn): 6-4, 6-3
*Order of Finish: 4, 5, 1, 6, 2, 3
#63 Dartmouth College 6, #71 Buffalo 1
 1.) Dovydas Sakinas (DAR) def. Sebastian Ionescu (BUF) 6-3, 6-4
 2.) Christopher Kipouras (DAR) def. Damien David (BUF) 6-2, 6-5
 3.) Pablo Alvarez (BUF) def. Brandon DeBot (DAR) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
 4.) Cameron Ghorbani (DAR) def. Sergio Arevalillo (BUF) 6-2, 6-2
 5.) Brenden Tannenbaum (DAR) def. Akhil Mehta (BUF) 4-6, 6-3, 6-5
 6.) Diego Pedraza (DAR) def. Jonathan Hannestad (BUF) 6-5, 4-6, 6-3
 Order of finish: 4,2,3,1,6,5 
 1.) Cameron Ghorbani/Brenden Tannenbaum (DAR) def. Damien David/Akhil Mehta (BUF) 6-3
 2.) Dovydas Sakinas/Brandon DeBot (DAR) def. Sergio Arevalillo/Jonathan Hannestad (BUF) 6-5
 3.) Christopher Kipouras/Diego Pedraza (DAR) def. Pablo Alvarez/Sebastian Ionescu (BUF) 6-4
 Order of finish: 1,3,2
Northern Illinois:
Huskies Fall at No. 57 Indiana, 5-2; Axel Lagerlof defeated the 80th ranked player in the nation during the match
DeKALB, Ill. - In an evening match at Indiana on Sunday, February 9, the Huskies took on the No. 57 Hoosiers in their second road match of the season. NIU suffered its second loss of the season in the affair, dropping the affair 5-2, bringing the team's record to 6-2 in 2014. This one featured some very close individual matches, but the Huskies came up just short in those, leading to some narrow defeats.
"This is a really tough loss for our guys," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. "We fought really hard against a good Big Ten team. We just came up short tonight. We are so close, and I just hope our guys can take the positives out of this because there is a lot to take. It'll be motivation for us from here on out."
Doubles play proved to be tough in this match, as the Huskies fell into an early 1-0 deficit by losing the point. They didn't go down without a fight, but none of NIU's pairings were able to pick up a win. Axel Lagerlof and Dor Amir came the closest to taking a match, but they fell to Daviel Bednarczyk and Sam Monette, 8-5.
Singles play featured close match after close match. Three matches went to three sets, and one other involved a tie break for a set. Lagerlof in the No. 1 bested the 80th-ranked player in the nation, Sven Lalic in a back-and-forth match, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Simon Formont stayed perfect on the season in singles play, winning his match in the No. 6, 6-0, 1-6, 6-0.
Frederic Cadieux nearly pulled off a victory in the first set in the No. 3, but he fell in the tie break, leading to an eventual 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. Matt Lynch and Elliott Yee put together an intense battle, but Lynch fell just short, losing 6-7, 6-3, 6-4. With two victories in singles play, the Huskies were outscored by the Hoosiers, 5-2. 
The Huskies next play on Friday, February 14 at Iowa. It'll be an evening affair, set to start at 6:00 p.m.
 IND 5, NIU 2
 1. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. No. 80 Sven Lalic (IND) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
 2. Sam Monette (IND) def. Dor Amir (NIU) 6-3, 6-3
 3. Dimitrije Tasic (IND) def. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
 4. Daniel Bednarczyk (IND) def. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) 6-4, 6-4
 5. Elliott Yee (IND) def. Matt Lynch (NIU) 6-7, 6-3, 6-4
 6. Simon Formont (NIU) def. Matthew McCoy (IND-M) 6-0, 1-6, 6-0
 1. Daniel Bednarczyk/Sam Monette (IND) def. Axel Lagerlof/Dor Amir (NIU) 8-5
 2. Sven Lalic/Dimitrije Tasic (IND) def. Matt Lynch/Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) 8-4
 3. Kellen Bates/Elliott Yee (IND) vs. Frederic Cadieux/Simon Formont (NIU) DNF 
Huskies Win Sixth Straight Against SIU-Edwardsville, 6-1; NIU is now 6-1 this season
ROCKFORD, Ill. - At the Boylan Tennis Center on Friday evening, the Huskies took on the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars in their seventh match of the season. Earlier in the day, the women beat the Cougars 4-3, and the men followed suit in the evening cap, winning 6-1 and improving the team's record 6-1 on the season.
"Today we came out and set the tone early in doubles," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. "Even though Lynch struggled in singles, it was great to get him back in there."
The Huskies were dominant throughout this match. They started off the affair with a strong performance in doubles play, taking all three matches to secure the point. Axel Lagerlof and Dor Amir maintained their perfect doubles record 2014, which now sits at 7-0, with a 6-2 win against Cougars Nico Kuehn and Nico Washuta.
NIU continued to run the show in singles play, taking five of the six matches. A recurring theme this season, Simon Formont and Frederic Cadieux both turned in wins at the event. Cadieux played Matthew Hutchinson in the No. 2 and won 6-2, 6-0. Formont faced Jacob Perkins and turned in a 6-3, 6-4 victory. Neither player has been beaten in singles play yet this season as both currently sport a 7-0 record.
Matt Lynch returned to singles play for the first time since NIU's match at Drake on January 17, and he picked up his first victory of the season with a 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 win over Patrick Gaffigan.
Next up for NIU is the second road match of the season for the team. The Huskies will head to Indiana for a match on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. 
NIU 6, SIU-E 1 
 #1: Dor Amir (NIU) def. Nicholas Vincent (SIU-E) 6-3, 6-2
 #2: Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Matthew Hutchinson (SIU-E) 6-2, 6-0
 #3: Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Nico Kuehn (SIU-E) 6-4, 6-2
 #4: Simon Formont (NIU) def. Jacob Perkins (SIU-E) 6-3, 6-4
 #5: Jacob Tanulanond (SIU-E) def. Carlos Manzanas (NIU) 6-4, 6-3
 #6: Matt Lynch (NIU) def. Patrick Gaffigan (SIU-E) 6-3, 0-6, 6-4
 #1: Lagerlof/Amir (NIU) def. Kuehn/Washuta (SIU-E) 6-2
 #2: Lynch/Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Hutchinson/Gaffigan (SIU-E) 6-1
 #3: Formont/Cadieux (NIU) def. Vincent/Tanulanond (SIU-E) 6-2
Western Michigan:
Redbirds Eke Out 4-3 Win Over Broncos
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team split six matches in the singles session, but were unable to produce the one last point necessary for a win in falling 4-3 to the Illinois State Redbirds on Saturday. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 4-3 on the season.
Nadin Indre improved to an undefeated 6-0 in dual match singles on the season, defeating Jakub Eisner in the No. 1 singles match to account for one of the three Bronco points on the afternoon. Though both sets were close affair, Indre picked up a break-point advantage on Eisner in each in downing him 6-4, 6-3 for his sixth consecutive victory.
Sophomore Andrew Cahn was also successful in singles on Saturday, snapping a two-match losing streak in singles to beat Rodrigo Oliveira in three sets in the No. 4 singles match. Cahn fell behind with a 6-4 loss in the first set, but bounced back for a pair of 6-3, 6-3 wins in the second and third sets to get back on track.
Rounding out the wins for the Broncos on Saturday was freshman Matt Hamilton, who improved to 4-1 on the season in dual match singles with a win against Dylan Steffens in the No. 6 singles match. Like Indre, Hamilton was able to eke out breaks against Steffens, downing him 6-3, 6-4 for his third straight singles win of the year.
Singles competition
1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Jakub Eisner (ILS) 6-4, 6-3
2. Jacob Wilson (ILS) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Urh Kranjnc Domiter (ILS) def. Jim Beckwith (WMU) 6-5, 6-3
4. Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Rodrigo Oliveira (ILS) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
5. Muddappa Appanervanda (ILS) def. Michael Treis (WMU) 6-4, 6-2
6. Matt Hamilton (WMU) def. Dylan Steffens (ILS) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Jakub Eisner/Rolando Torrellas (ILS) def. Nadin Indre/Stephen Payne (WMU) 6-1
2. Jacob Wilson/Urh Kranjnc Domiter (ILS) def. Michael Treis/Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-2
3. Muddappa Appanervand/Rodrigo Oliveira (ILS) def. Ruben Greiner/Jim Beckwith (WMU) 6-4
Broncos Fall 6-1 at #57 Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team battled for a point against their second nationally-ranked opponent of the season, but the Broncos were unable to pull closer in falling 6-1 to 57th-ranked Indiana in Bloomington on Friday. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 4-2 on the season.
Nadin Indre improved to a perfect 5-0 on the season in dual match singles, defeating the Hoosiers' Sven Lalic in straight sets for the Broncos lone singles win on the day. Lalic entered the match ranked 80th nationally in singles, but Indre improved to 2-2 on the season against nationally-ranked opponents by overcoming Lalic in a pair of tight sets. After taking a first-set tiebreaker to take the lead over Lalic, Indre overcame his opponent by going up a break on him in the second set to ultimately win the set 7-5 and the match 7-5, 7-6.
The other victory for the Broncos came from the doubles pairing of Ruben Greiner and Jimmy Beckwith, who salvaged one win in the doubles session by beating Chris Esseick and Stefan Lugonjic in No. 3 doubles. The tight match was finally decided with a tiebreaker, as the Broncos downed the Hoosiers 8-7 for the win.
Indiana clinched the match with a win in the No. 3 singles match, as Dimitrije Trasic defeated Andrew Cahn 6-3, 6-4 to seal the victory.
Indiana 6, Western Michigan 1
Singles competition
1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. #80 Sven Lalic (IU) 7-6, 7-5
2. Sam Monette (IU) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Dimitrije Tasic (IU) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Daniel Bednarczyk (IU) def. Jim Beckwith (WMU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Elliott Yee (IU) def. Michael Treis (WMU) 6-0, 6-1
6. Stefan Lugonjic (IU) def. Zach Phillips (WMU) 7-5, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Sven Lalic/Dimitrije Tasic (IU) def. Nadin Indre/Stephen Payne (WMU) 8-5
2. Daniel Bednarczyk/Sam Monette (IU) def. Andrew Cahn/Michael Treis (WMU) 8-3
3. Ruben Greiner/Jim Beckwith (WMU) def. Chris Essick/Stefan Lugonjic (IU) 8-7
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,5,3,6,4,1)