Here is a preview to this weekend's MAC Men's Tennis action.
Bulls Host Duquesne on Saturday
Buffalo will look to improve its overall record as the Bulls host Duquesne on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 pm ET.
Men's Tennis To Face Two Over The Weekend; On Friday, the Huskies will head to Iowa. On Sunday, they'll return take on IUPUI
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's tennis team will play a pair of matches this weekend, looking to improve on 2014's 6-2 record. On Friday, the Huskies will play at Iowa (3-0) in the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex at 6:00 p.m. On Sunday, they'll return home to take on IUPUI (2-7) at 10:00 a.m. at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill.
Last weekend, the Huskies split two matches against SIU-Edwardsville and Indiana. On Friday, February 7, the Huskies bested SIU-Edwardsville, 6-1. Matt Lynch returned to singles action, playing a singles match for the first time since NIU's season opener at Drake. Lynch won his match, 6-3, 0-6, 6-4.
On Sunday, February 9 at No. 57 Indiana, the Huskies suffered their second loss of the season, 5-2. Axel Lagerlof put together quite the performance in the No. 1 singles match as he defeated No. 80 Sven Lalic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are looking to bounce back from a rough 2013 season in which they went 7-17. Thus far, they've been performing well, winning all three matches. The Hawkeyes have yet to drop a single point in their matches in 2014, as they've outscored opponents 21-0. Steve Houghton is in his 33rd year with the team at Head Coach. He has won nearly 350 matches during his career.
The IUPUI Jaguars may look fairly pedestrian when judging their 2014 record at 2-7, but this team could easily be 5-4 this season. In three of the Jaguars' matches, the team has taken a narrow 4-3 defeat. Head Coach Brandon Currie is at the helm for a sixth year. Before becoming the head coach, Currie was with the team as an assistant coach from 2003-2005.
After the match against IUPUI, the Huskies will have just three days to prepare for a home match against Butler on Thursday, February 20 at 5:00 p.m. NIU will also play a doubleheader on the following Saturday, February 22, against Western Illinois and Dayton, starting at 1:00 p.m. All three matches will be at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill.
UT Men’s Tennis With Three Matches in Three Days at Shadow Valley
TOLEDO, OH – The Toledo men’s tennis team (2-8) will hold its final three home matches until March 14 this weekend, beginning with a doubleheader on Friday at Shadow Valley Tennis Club. The Rockets take on Wayne State (1:00 p.m.) and Dayton (6:00 p.m.) on Friday, Feb. 14 and welcome Wisconsin-Green Bay (11:00 a.m.) to the Glass City on Sunday, Feb. 16.
“We’ve already had peaks and valleys this season,” head coach Al Wermer said. “It’s time we prove we can sustain better consistency and focus.”
Wayne State will be competing in its first match of the season, while Dayton holds a 1-4 record and the UW-Green Bay Phoenix sit at 6-3.
The Rockets lost their last match on Saturday, Feb. 1 to IPFW 4-3. Toledo lost two of three doubles matches, with their lone win coming from sophomore Garrett Cona (Silver Lake, OH) and freshman Stjepan Sisko (Kastel Stari, Croatia) 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) were victorious in No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively.
In the No. 5 singles match, Cona took his opponent to a deciding third set, but fell 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to clinch the match for IPFW.
The previous day, UT defeated Youngstown State 6-1, winning seven of nine total matchups on the day, and claimed two of three doubles matches. Singnil and Wong scored a 6-4 victory in No. 1 doubles, while Cona and Sisko 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.
The weekend earned Singnil his second Mid-American Conference Singles Player of the Week selection, while Cona and Sisko earned MAC Doubles Team of the Week honors.
The Rockets hit the road after this weekend for seven straight matches, including a spring break trip to Florida. The road trip begins on Friday, Feb. 21 with a match in Bloomington, IN against Indiana.
The team will host a “True Blue Afternoon” at the first match on Friday with the unmasking of a True Blue member and a raffle for a prize pack, then will hold Rock ‘N Roll Night presented by Kroger during the Dayton match. A prize will be given to the best “rock ‘n roll look” and there will be a sunglasses giveaway.
On Sunday, the team will hold Campus Kids’ Day, offering a free USTA Play Day and clinic following the match and welcoming former UT MAC Champion Ken Swartz as honorary captain. Free snacks and prizes sponsored by Northwestern Ohio Tennis Association, First Serve Tennis Shop and Shadow Valley will be given as well.
Broncos Return Home to Face IPFW, UW-Green Bay
Western Michigan will host IPFW on Friday, Feb. 14 at 1 pm ET and Wisconsin-Green Bay at 6 pm ET. Both matches will take place at the West Hills Athletic Club in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Series Histories: This will be the 11th all-time meeting between the Broncos and the Mastodons, with WMU holding a 10-0 advantage in the series against IPFW. The last meeting came just last season, when the Broncos defeated the Mastodons 7-0 on Jan. 25, 2013. WMU clinched the doubles point when Nadin Indre and Ruben Greiner took a tiebreaker in No. 1 singles, and Andrew cahn clinched the match with a victory in No. 4 singles.
This will be the 15th meeting between the Broncos and the Phoenix, with WMU holding an 11-3 advantage over Green Bay in the rivalry. The last time the teams met was also on Jan. 25, 2013, with the Phoenix besting the Broncos 4-3 in a doubleheader nightcap. Green Bay took the doubles point but the teams split the singles session, with Indre, Greiner, and Cahn each recording victories.
Indre Named Singles Player of the Week: The Mid-American Conference announced its weekly men's tennis awards winners, with Nadin Indre of the Western Michigan men's tennis team earning MAC Singles Player of the Week. It is the second time this season Indre has earned the award, doing so previously on Jan. 29. Indre improved to 6-0 in No. 1 singles on the season, beating Indiana's #80 Sven Lalic as well as Illinois State's Jakub Eisner.
One More To Go: The match against IPFW will be Bronco head coach Dave Morin's next crack at becoming just the second coach in Western Michigan history to reach the 300 wins plateau in Kalamazoo. A WMU Athletics Hall of Famer and nine-time MAC Coach of the Year, Morin has 299 wins as coach of the Broncos; only Jack Vredevelt recorded more wins in his tenure.
March To 1K: The matches against the Mastodons and the Phoenix will also be the Broncos' next opportunity to pull closer to 1,000 wins in program history. WMU has 995 victories as a program, and needs just five more to reach 1,000 wins.