MAC Men's Tennis Weekend Recap: Feb. 15th

Updated 2/14/2014

MAC Men's Tennis Scoreboard:

Friday, Feb. 14

Toledo 7, Wayne State 0

Toledo 4, Dayton 1

Iowa 5, Northern Illinois 2

Western Michigan 5, IPFW 2

Western Michigan 4, Wisconsin-Green Bay 3


Saturday, Feb. 15

Buffalo 4, Duquesne 3


Sunday, Feb. 16

Northern Illinois 6, IUPUI 1

Wisconsin-Green Bay 6, Toledo 1



Bulls Stage Another Comeback Win
BUFFALO, NY - The dramatic early stretch of the dual season continued Saturday for the 71st-ranked Buffalo men's tennis, as it fought back again from a late deficit to take a 4-3 decision over Duquesne at the Miller Tennis Center. This time, the team turned to sophomore Akhil Mehta, who won in straight sets at fifth singles to complete the win for UB (4-1).
The team would cruise through doubles play for what would again be a pivotal point, with UB losing just three games over the three doubles matches. With singles play beginning, the Bulls would strike first with a straight-set win at third singles from Damien David, 6-4, 6-2. Duquesne would rally back from the 2-0 hole, though, and won at second, fourth and first singles in quick succession to put the Bulls on the brink with the 3-2 lead.
While the scoreboard would show the Bulls down, the team confidently worked on bringing home the lead, with the confidence coming from its two younger athletes. Freshman Jonathan Hannestad and Mehta would both take their first sets with relative ease, and Hannestad would quickly tie the match up thanks to a 6-2, 6-1 win after overpowering his opponent at sixth singles.
That would leave the match up to Mehta, who went down early in the second set 2-1 before sweeping a critical walk over, breaking his opponents serve to go up 3-2. He would never look back, and won the second set 6-3.
The team soaked up every bit of home-court advantage, and will need it as it now embarks on an ambitious road stretch that will go for the next five weeks. The team will have nine straight matches on the road, and it will start next Saturday, with the team taking on Marist.
 David/Mehta def. Carpenter/Aleman, 6-1
 Arevalillo/Hannestad def. Robinson/Rubin, 6-1
 Ionescu/Alvarez def. Slameka/Walshe, 6-1
 Robbie def. Ionescu, 5-6, 6-5, 6-3
 Carpenter def. Alvarez, 6-3, 6-5
 David def. Aleman, 6-4, 6-2
 Robinson def. Arevalillo, 6-3, 2-6, 6-5
 Mehta def. Rubin, 6-4, 6-3
 Hannestad def. Mekadui, 6-2, 6-1


Northern Illinois:

NIU Beats IUPUI 6-1, Improving to 7-0 at the Boylan Tennis Center; Simon Formont remained unbeaten in singles play
ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Huskies took on the IUPUI Jaguars (2-9) Sunday morning at the Boylan Tennis Center. NIU fell behind early, but came back to win the match 6-1 to stay unbeaten at home, as the team is now 7-3 with a 7-0 home record.
"This was a test for us to see if we could bounce back after a bad loss on Friday," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. "We did not handle it well initially. Our shoulders hung low, and we performed poorly in the first hour. IUPUI really took it to us in doubles. Thankfully, our pride showed and we recovered in singles."
The Huskies found themselves in an unfamiliar position early on in this one. Up until this match, NIU had yet to drop the doubles point in any affair at the Boylan Tennis Center this year. Axel Lagerlof and Dor Amir won their match in the No. 1 against Alex Toliver and Patrick O'Neill 8-2. However, this was the only doubles match the Huskies won on the day, as they dropped the doubles point to head into singles play behind 1-0.
In singles, NIU was dominant. Huskie tennis players took each match in this portion of the event. None of the matches extended beyond the first two sets. Simon Formont won in the No. 5 against Akshay Verma 6-2, 6-2, improving his record to 10-0 this season in singles matches.
Two matches in singles play were fairly close, but the Huskies were able to dispel the opposition in both instances. Amir and Thomas Gans had an extended second set in the No. 2, and Amir claimed the seventh game of the set to win in a 6-2, 7-5 final. Jovan Zeljkovic had to grind out his two sets against O'Neill, eventually winning 7-6, 6-4. 
"If we want to accomplish our goals, we need to take a step back and commit to making the sacrifices to get there," added Fisher. "Otherwise, this may become a `could have been' type of season."
The Huskies have a busy week in front of them. On Thursday, February 20, NIU will take on Butler at 5:00 p.m. The following Saturday, February 22, the Huskies will host a doubleheader against Western Illinois and Dayton, starting at 1:00 p.m. All three of these matches will be at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill.
 1. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def Alex Toliver (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-0
 2. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Jason Jaruvang (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-4
 3. Dor Amir (NIU) def. Thomas Gans (IUPUI) 6-2, 7-5
 4. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Patrick O'Neill (IUPUI) 7-6, 6-4
 5. Simon Formont (NIU) def. Akshay Verma (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-2
 6. Carlos Manzanas (NIU) def. Manuel Laboy (IUPUI) 6-3, 6-3
 1. No. 37 Amir/Lagerlof (NIU) def. O'Neill/Toliver (IUPUI) 8-2
 2. Gans/Bradley (IUPUI) def. Cadieux/Formont (NIU) 8-5
 3. Laboy/Jaruvang (IUPUI) def. Zeljkovic/Manzanas (NIU) 8-3
Huskies Drop at Iowa, 5-2; NIU's record on the season is now 6-3
IOWA CITY, Iowa - On Friday evening, the Northern Illinois men's tennis team took on the Iowa Buckeyes (4-0) at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. The Huskies struggled in this one, losing 5-2. The loss drops the team's record to 6-3 on the season.
"This loss falls on me," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. "I did not have our guys ready for this. Much credit should go to Iowa. They played as if they were the underdogs, and they showed they wanted it more. We played poorly in doubles, which set the tone for the rest of the match. That forced us to fight an uphill battle all night."
Doubles play featured some tightly contested matches with two going to a tie break. The Huskies took the No. 1 doubles match as Axel Lagerlof and Dor Amir bested Brian Alden and Michael Swank in an 8-7 (7-4) final. Simon Formont and Frederic Cadieux came up just short in the No. 3 match, falling to Hawkeyes Matt Hagan and Joey White, 8-7 (8-6). NIU also dropped the No. 2 match, leading to an early 1-0 hole.
It didn't get easier in singles play. NIU did put together some strong efforts, but they weren't enough to push the team ahead. Dor Amir pulled a comeback on Iowa's Juan Estenssoro, winning his match in the No. 2, 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7). Simon Formont continued his impressive start to 2014 in singles play, as he defeated Swank in the No. 6, 6-1, 6-4. Formont is now 9-0 in singles matches this year. These wins got NIU on the board, but Iowa took the other matches in singles play, handing NIU a 5-2 defeat. 
The Huskies will head back home for a morning match on Sunday, February 16. At 10:00 a.m. NIU will take on IUPUI at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill.
 Iowa 5, NIU 2
 1. Jonas Dierckx (IOWA) def. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) 6-3, 6-4
 2. Dor Amir (NIU) def. Juan Estenssoro (IOWA) 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7)
 3. Brian Alden (IOWA) def. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 1-0 (10-6)
 4. Matt Hagan (IOWA) def. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) 6-2, 6-4
 5. Dominic Patrick (IOWA) def. Matt Lynch (NIU) 6-1, 6-2
 6. Simon Formont (NIU) def. Michael Swank (IOWA) 6-1, 6-4
 1. #37 Dor Amir/Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Brian Alden/Michael Swank (IOWA) 8-7 (7-4)
 2. Jonas Dierckx/Juan Estenssoro (IOWA) def. Matt Lynch/Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) 8-4
 3. Matt Hagan/Joey White (IOWA) def. Frederic Cadieux/Simon Formont (NIU) 8-7 (8-6)



Rockets Suffer 6-1 Setback to Wisconsin-Green Bay

TOLEDO, OH - The Toledo men's tennis team couldn't cap off the weekend with its third win, falling to Wisconsin-Green Bay 6-1 on Sunday morning at Shadow Valley Tennis Club.
"Green Bay is very sold and they outplayed us today," head coach Al Wermer said. "Unfortunately, inconsistency has been our trend. At the very worst, this was a 4-3 loss at our fingertips, but we couldn't keep the train on the tracks. We'll keep working and we have the potential."
With the loss, Toledo's record dropped to 5-9.
Junior Mark Singnil continued his dominance, winning his seventh straight match to improve to 10-3 on the season with a 6-3, 6-2 victory in No. 1 singles. Singnil has won eight of nine matches in the No. 1 slot.
Fellow junior Roberto Meza and freshman Boris Pak kept their undefeated record intact, winning a tough 6-5 decision in No. 3 doubles. The duo is 4-0 on the season.
The Rockets lost the remaining seven matches on the day, but received a strong performance from sophomore Ryan Jorgensen in the No. 6 singles spot. Jorgensen won the first set, before falling in sets two and three to lose the match.
Toledo will travel to Bloomington, IN on Friday, Feb. 21 for a match against Indiana at 7:00 p.m. The next day, the Rockets will have a doubleheader in Indianapolis against Butler and IUPUI.
Wisconsin-Green Bay 6, Toledo 1
Singles competition 
1. Mark Singnil (TOL) def. Howard Scott (UWGB) 6-3, 6-2
2. Leopold Gomez Isling (UWGB) def. Stjepan Sisko (TOL) 6-4, 6-4
3. Michael Tenzer (UWGB) def. Nicky Wong (TOL) 6-1, 6-0
4. Joey Leto (UWGB) def. Roberto Meza (TOL) 6-2, 6-2
5. Rowan Isaaks (UWGB) def. Garrett Cona (TOL) 6-5, 6-5
6. Jorge Gonzalez Soler (UWGB) def. Ryan Jorgensen (TOL) 1-6, 6-0, 6-3
Doubles competition 
1. Michael Tenzer/Howard Scott (UWGB) def. Garrett Cona/Stjepan Sisko (TOL) 6-1
2. Michael Tebon/Joey Leto (UWGB) def. Mark Singnil/Nicky Wong (TOL) 6-2
3. Roberto Meza/Boris Pak (TOL) def. Leopold Gomez Isling/Rowan Isaaks (UWGB) 6-5


UT Men's Tennis Sweeps Doubleheader Against Wayne State and Dayton

TOLEDO, OH - The Toledo men's tennis team earned two victories on Friday, Feb. 14, defeating both Wayne State and Dayton at Shadow Valley Tennis Club. 
"We sustained some consistency throughout the day," head coach Al Wermer said. "The Dayton match was quite compelling, and a big key was the clinching of doubles by two of our inexperienced guys, Boris and Roberto."
In their first match of the day, the Rockets swept the Warriors 7-0, winning all eight of the matchups on the day.
Juniors Nicky Wong and Mark Singnil won No. 1 doubles 6-3, while freshman Stjepan Sisko and sophomore Garrett Cona took the No. 2 doubles slot by the same score. Junior Roberto Meza and freshman Boris Pak completed the doubles sweep with a 6-2 victory in the No. 3 doubles slot.
In singles play, the Rockets recorded straight-set victories in all but one matchup.
Singnil continued his hot streak, winning 6-1, 6-4 in No. 1 singles, while Sisko earned a victory in the No. 2 slot and Wong won 6-2, 6-1 in No. 3 singles.
Cona recorded his first singles win of the season in No. 4 singles, winning 6-1, 6-3, while sophomore Ryan Jorgensen took No. 6 singles with a 6-2, 6-4 victory.
In the No. 4 singles slot, Meza won the first set 6-4, then lost in a second set tiebreaker, before closing out the match in the third set with a 6-2 victory.
In its match against Dayton, Toledo earned five separate victories, besting the Flyers 4-1.
Cona and Sisko earned their second win of the day in the No. 2 doubles spot, winning 6-3, while Meza and Pak won 6-5 on a 10-8 tiebreak.
In singles play, Wong, Sisko and Jorgensen all earned their second wins on the day.
Wong won No. 3 singles with a 6-3, 6-4 decision, Sisko won 6-3, 6-0 in No. 2 singles and Jorgensen was victorious in the No. 6 singles spot with a 6-1, 6-2 decision. 
The Rockets are back in action on Sunday, Feb. 16 with a home match against Wisconsin-Green Bay. 


Western Michigan:

Morin Earns 300th Win As Broncos Sweep Doubleheader
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Western Michigan head men's tennis coach Dave Morin earned his 300th victory as a Bronco, and WMU swept both ends of a doubleheader with a  5-2 decision over IPFW and a 4-3 win over UW-Green Bay. The Broncos improve to 6-3 on the season, including a 5-0 mark at home.
Morin got his 300th thanks to a bounce-back effort from the Broncos in the match against the Mastodons; WMU rallied from a 2-1 defict to beat IPFW, making Morin the second coach in program history to reach the 300-win mark. Morin trails only his predecessor Jack Vredevelt, who retired with 348 wins.
Jimmy Beckwith went 4-0 on the day for the Broncos, including recording the 
clinching win against the Mastodons; Beckwith came back from a second-set loss 
to beat Andres Cobos in a third set, winning 6-5 (6), 3-6, 6-2. Beckwith helped the Broncos clinch a pair of doubles points, teaming with Ruben Greiner to win the No. 3 doubles matches against both opponents, and capped the evening with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Green Bay's Joey Leto in the No. 4 singles match.
The day started with a doubles session win over the Mastodons, with Beckwith and Greiner providing the first win with a 6-1 decision over Jonathan Raa and Karl Wangensten-Oye. IPFW responded with a win in the No. 1 doubles match, but the pairing of Andrew Cahn and Michael Treis won a tiebreaker with Martin Muadi and Gerard Guell to take the No. 2 doubles match by a 6-5 (3) score and clinch the point.
The Mastodons took the first two singles matches off the court, but the Broncos tied the match at 2-2 when Muadi retired from the No. 5 singles match against Pablo Mora. Cahn came back from a first-set loss to Raa to beat him 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles match, and Beckwith clinched the win with a marathon victory over Cobos, winning 6-5, (6), 3-6, 6-2.
The Broncos took the doubles point against the Phoenix in exciting fashion, with Cahn and Treis opening the proceedings with a 6-1 win over Joey Leto and Michael Tebon in the No. 2 doubles match. Nadin Indre and Stephen Payne clinched the point with a tiebreaker win over Howard Scott and Michael Tenzer in the No. 1 doubles match, winning 6-5 (5), and Beckwith and Greiner closed the session with a 6-5 (4) win over Rowan Isaaks and Leopold Islinger in the No. 3 match.
WMU led the match 3-0 after the first two matches of singles play, with Beckwith defeating Leto in the No. 4 singles match and Indre taking a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Scott in the No. 1 match. Pablo Mora clinched the match victory in the No. 6 singles match, coming back from a second-set loss to beat Jorge Gonzalez 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
Western Michigan 5, IPFW 2
Singles competition
1. Daniel Kang (IPFW) def. Nadin Indre (WMU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Jonathan Raa (IPFW) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. Jim Beckwith (WMU) def. Andres Cobos (IPFW) 6-5 (8-6), 3-6, 6-2
4. Gerard Guell (IPFW) def. Michael Treis (WMU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Pablo Mora (WMU) def. Martin Muadi (IPFW) 1-6, 6-4, 2-3, retired
6. Matt Hamilton (WMU) def. Connor Andrews (IPFW) 5-6 (4-7), 6-5 (7-4), 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Daniel Kang/Andres Cobos (IPFW) def. Nadin Indre/Stephen Payne (WMU) 6-4
2. Andrew Cahn/Michael Treis (WMU) def. Martin Muadi/Gerard Guell (IPFW) 6-5 (7-3)
3. Ruben Greiner/Jim Beckwith (WMU) def. Jonathan Raa/Karl Wangensten-Oye (IPFW) 6-1
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,4,5,2,3,6)
Western Michigan 4, UW-Green Bay 3
Singles competition
1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Howard Scott (UWGB) 6-3, 6-4
2. Michael Tenzer (UWGB) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 5-6 (7), 6-2, 6-4
3. Leopold Islinger (UWGB) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU) 6-4, 6-1
4. Jim Beckwith (WMU) def. Joey Leto (UWGB) 6-3, 6-4
5. Rowan Isaaks (UWGB) def. Michael Treis (WMU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Pablo Mora (WMU) def. Jorge Gonzalez (UWGB) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Nadin Indre/Stephen Payne (WMU) def. Michael Tenzer/Howard Scott (UWGB) 6-5 (7-5)
2. Andrew Cahn/Michael Treis (WMU) def. Joey Leto/Michael Tebon (UWGB) 6-1
3. Jim Beckwith/Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Rowan Isaaks/Leopold Islinger (UWGB) 6-5 (7-4)
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,3,6,5,2)