Here is a look at this weekend's MAC men's tennis results.
Men's Tennis Sweeps In-State Rival IUPUI
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State men's tennis team managed a 7-0 sweep over IUPUI Sunday afternoon at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center. With the win the Cardinals improve to 4-4 on the season.
The Cardinals took the early 1-0 edge over the Jaguars after winning at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Dalton Albertin and Patrick Elliott captured an 8-6 win at the No. 1 spot. Austin Smith and Austin Sansone earned the 8-3 victory at the No. 3 position.
Ball State swept all six of its singles matches, Albertin took down Jason Jaruvang 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) at the No. 1 slot. Imanol Arconada, Smith and Sansone all won in straight sets in their respective positions while Alexandre Brym beat Nick Volz 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 at No. 3. Elliott also ended the day with a win over Deon Shafer 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 13-11.
The Ball State men's tennis team will be back in action Wednesday, Feb. 20 when the Cardinals host a double-header against IPFW (3 p.m.) and Indiana Tech (7 p.m.) at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.
Men's Tennis Falls to Brown at Home, 5-2
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State men's tennis team fell to Brown Friday afternoon by a score of 5-2 at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center. With the loss the Cardinals fall to 3-4 on the season.
The Cardinals fell behind early after losing the doubles point. Alexandre Brym and Imanol Arconada won their match at No. 2 doubles after defeating Brown's twosome of Soufiane Azargul and Brandon Burke, 9-8 (7-3).
In singles action Dalton Albertin captured a 7-6 (7-5), 3-6 (10-8) win over Michael Riechmann at the No. 1 spot. The only other win for the Cardinals came from Patrick Elliott at No. 4 singles after defeating Burke, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).
Bulls Drop 7-0 Decision at Cornell
ITHACA, NY – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision at Ivy League opponent Cornell at the Reis Tennis Center Sunday afternoon to even the team's record to 2-2 for the spring season.
The Bulls had their chances on Sunday. In doubles play, the top UB duo of Damien David and Akhil Mehta lost in a tiebreaker, 8-7, to Venkat Iyer and Alex Sidney.
Two singles matches went to deciding third sets but the Bulls were unable to triumph. At first singles, Vusa Hove and Iyer split tiebreakers in the opening two sets, but Iyer took the third set and the match, 6-2. Mehta lost a third-set tiebreaker at number six to Kyle Berman as the pair split 6-4 decisions in the opening two sets.
Cornell, ranked 73 in the nation, improved to 4-1.
"Even though we lost 7-0 today there was a marked improvement with our attitudes and we played better as a team. Cornell is ranked for a reason, and it is a great learning experience for us as we get ready for Cleveland State," said UB head coach Lee Nickell. "We had chances at one and six to win and first doubles had match points. It's our goal to do a better job of converting when we have these opportunities."
The Bulls travel to Horizon League member Cleveland State next Sunday.
Cornell 7, Buffalo 0
1 Venkat Iyer/Alex Sidney (CU) d. Damien David/Akhil Mehta (UB), 8-7
2 Jason Luu/Quoc-Daniel Nguyen (CU) d. Sebastian Ionescu/Ashwin Sharma (UB), 8-3
3 Sam Fleck/Kyle Berman (CU) d. Sergio Arevalillo/Pablo Alverez (UB) 8-2
1 Venkat Iyer (CU) d. Vusa Hove (UB), 6-7, 7-6, 6-2
2 Sam Fleck (CU) d. Damien David (UB), 6-2, 6-1
3 Alex Sidney (CU) d. Sebastian Ionescu (UB), 6-1, 6-4
4 Quoc-Daniel Nguyen (CU) d. Ashwin Sharma (UB), 6-2, 6-1
5 Jason Luu (CU) d. Pablo Alvarez (UB), 6-1, 6-4
6 Kyle Berman (CU) d. Akhil Mehta (UB), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6
Cougars Win Doubles Point In 6-1 Setback At Dayton
DAYTON, Ohio – Chicago State men's tennis started their dual match with the Dayton Flyers on the right foot by winning the doubles point. An accomplishment the team of mostly sophomores wasn't able to do last season. However Dayton rallied back to defeat the Cougars 6-1.
Following at loss at No. 3 doubles, the Cougars tied up the doubles competition with a win at No. 2 doubles by freshman Jean Paul Jones (Guayaquil, Ecuador) and sophomore Julian Chavez (Bogota, Colombia). The duo defeated Robert Salcedo and Andrew Hanley 8-7 (7-4). Sophomores Mario Noboa (Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador) and Sergiu Muresan (Roman, Romania) def. Aidan Koross and Kyle MacDonald at No. 1 doubles 8-6 to clinch the point.
While the Flyers took all six singles events, several matches were close. At No. 3 singles Josh Maylon defeated Chavez 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. At No. 4 singles, MacDonald topped Jones 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-7.
“This was the best I have seen the guys play as a team,” Chicago State head coach Jack Barton said. “I am really proud of the fight they put forth. If we come with an attitude like this every match the wins will come. I feel bad for the guys because they felt like they were going to win. But they were very encouraged about their performance.”
Dayton improves to 2-3. Chicago State falls to 0-7. The Cougars play Robert Morris (Pa.) and IPFW on Friday (Feb. 15).
Wright State Takes Match With CSU Men's Tennis 7-0
SPRINGBORO, Ohio – Chicago State men's tennis dropped a non-conference match at Wright State on Saturday (Feb. 9) 7-0 at the South Regency Tennis Center.
The tightest contests were at No. 5 singles and No. 1 doubles. Freshman Jean Paul Jones (Guayaquil, Ecuador/Cruz del Sur) fell at No. 5 singles to Myles Harris 3-6, 6-1, 10-5. The Cougars played a close one at No. 1 doubles. Sophomores Sergiu Muresan (Roman, Romania) and Mario Noboa (Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador) fell 8-6 to Michal Lyzwa and Jamison Clark.
The Cougars fall to 0-6. Wright State is now 4-3. Chicago State plays the Dayton Flyers on Sunday afternoon.
Men's Tennis Closes Weekend With Loss at SIU-Edwardsville
Doubles point proves costly in match
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Wins at the top of the lineup were not enough for Northern Illinois to secure their seventh-consecutive victory at SIU-Edwardsville, as the Huskies fell to the Cougars, 4-3.
"This was an extremely disappointing loss for us, this whole weekend has been nothing but a bunch distractions and to put it simple we did not do a job of handling it," said a disappointed Head Coach Patrick Fisher after the match.
The doubles point proved to be crucial in the contest, as the Huskies were close to clinching the point with a win at No. 1 by Dor Amir and Frederic Cadieux, 8-4, but dropped the point with a loss at No. 2 with Axel Lagerlof and Simon Formont to drop the point, 8-6.
Lagerlof, Amir and Cadieux would win at Nos. 1-3 to keep the Huskies within winning's reach but were unable to get over the hump. Formont, playing at No. 4, had a three-set thriller as he wrestled back and forth with Jacob Tanulanond. The Orleans, France native dropped his first set, 6-2, and won the second set 6-3, and took the final set down to the wire, but fell 7-5.
Northern Illinois falls to 6-2 with the loss, while the Cougars advance to 3-1. NIU will take a weekend off from competition before returning to the court for a doubleheader with Green Bay and Western Illinois Feb. 23. The matches will start at 1 and 5 p.m., respectively.
SIUe 4, Northern Illinois 3
SIUe Tennis Courts
1. Amir/Cadieux (NIU) def. Jonsson/Kuehn (SIUe) 8-4
2. Washuta/Tanulanond (SIUe) def. Lagerlof/Formont (NIU) 8-6
3. Dias/Vincent (SIUe) def. Zeljkovic/Lagutin (NIU) 8-2
1. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Marten Jonsson (SIUe) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
2. Dor Amir (NIU) def. Nicolas Vincent (SIUe) 6-3, 6-3
3. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Jacob Perkins (SIUe) 6-0, 6-1
4. Jacob Tanulanond (SIUe) def. Simon Formont (NIU) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
5. Nico Kuehn (SIUe) def. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) 7-5, 6-3
6. Stephen Washuta (SIUe) def. Maksym Lagutin (NIU) 6-4, 6-4
Huskies Clinch Sixth Straight Victory, Downing the Billikens, 6-1
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Northern Illinois men’s team won its six-consecutive match Saturday night when it defeated Saint Louis, 6-1. The Huskies were close to a 7-0 sweep but senior Max Phillips was forced to retire with 4-1 lead in the second set at No. 4 that forced a point to the Billikens.
"Today we dealt with some unusual, adverse conditions during our match that I hope we can learn from and make us better later in the season,” said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. “With that being said we won convincingly today. I would have loved for Max to finish his match as he was well on his way to winning.
Looking ahead, Fisher said “tomorrow will be tough, we have a short turn around playing late today and early tomorrow, but we must deal with it and be ready to play a team that has not lost this season in SIUe. We know they will try to come after us.”
NIU clinched the doubles point to gain the early 1-0 advantage with victories by Axel Lagerlof and Simon Formont at No. 2, 8-7 (0), and Phillips and Jovan Zeljkovic at No. 3, 8-5.
In singles play, Northern Illinois showed its strength from top-to-bottom in the lineup with two set victories at Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 5. Lagerlof defeated his opponent Bobby Kidera, 6-1, 6-1, while Dor Amir dominated at No. 3, 6-1, 6-2. Formont also played with strength, defeating Luis Miguel Flores, 6-2, 6-1. Zeljkovic was the lone player to go three sets, dropping his first set but rallying back in the second and third, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Phillips, at No. 4, dropped his first set 6-3, but played with gusto in the second set that led to a 4-1 lead, but he was forced to retire which gave a point to SLU’s Drew Feder.
Northern Illinois 6, Saint Louis 1
Sunset Tennis Center
St. Louis, Mo.
1. Kella/El Sallaly (SLU) def. Amir/Cadieux (NIU) 8-3
2. Lagerlof/Cadieux (NIU) def. Kidera/Feder (SLU) 8-7 (0)
3. Phillips/Formont (NIU) def. Flores Poledica (SLU) 8-5
1. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Bobby Kidera (SLU) 6-1, 6-1
2. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Patrick Kella (SLU) 7-5, 7-6
3. Dor Amir (NIU) def. Yehia El Sallaly (SLU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Drew Feder (SLU) def. Max Phillips (NIU) 6-4, 1-4 (ret.)
5. Simon Formont (NIU) def. Luis Miguel Flores (SLU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Nishaad Balachandran (SLU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Defeated Ferris State, 4-3, and Wayne State, 7-0, on Feb. 8.
Broncos Take Home Tilt with Illinois State
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team hung on for another close shave victory, defeating the Illinois State Redbirds 4-3 at West Hills Athletic Club on Sunday. With the win, the Broncos improve to 6-3 on the season.
The Broncos took the doubles point in fairly quick fashion against the Redbirds, but the battle for the overall match wasn't decided until late in the day. Freshman Andrew Cahn delivered the deciding victory in the match, defeating Muddappa Appanervanda 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the No. 5 singles match to clinch the team win.
Cahn's victory was the third in a row for the Broncos, who dropped the first two singles matches of the day before winning the next three. Pablo Mora tied the match score at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Jacob Wilson in the No. 6 singles match, and Aaron Wong put Cahn in position to clinch the match when he came back from a one-set deficit to Jakub Eisner to win the No. 3 match 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.
The Broncos blitzed the Redbirds in the doubles session, winning the first two matches of the session and leaving the third unfinished. Nadin Indre and Ruben Greiner took the first doubles match of the day, defeating Alexander Pelaez and Erik Brunskog 8-4, and Ross VanderPloeg teamed with Jim Beckwith to beat Appanervanda and Rodrigo Oliveira 8-4 in the No. 3 doubles match.
Western Michigan University 4, Illinois State 3
Feb 10, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
1. Alexander Pelaez (ILST) def. Nadin Indre (WMU) 6-4, 6-4
2. Erik Brunskog (ILST) def. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
3. Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Jakub Eisner (ILST) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
4. Rolondo Torrellas (ILST) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. M. Appanervanda (ILST) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
6. Pablo Mora (WMU) def. Jacob Wilson (ILST) 6-4, 6-4
1. Nadin Indre/Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Alexander Pelaez/Erik Brunskog (ILST) 8-4
2. Andrew Cahn/Aaron Wong (WMU) vs. Rolondo Torrellas/Jakub Eisner (ILST) 4-5, unfinished
3. Ross VanderPloeg/Jim Beckwith (WMU) def. M. Appanervanda/Rodrigo Oliveira (ILST) 8-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,1,6,3,5,2)
Broncos Sweep Twinbill with Vikings, Saints
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team got back on the winning track with a doubleheader sweep on Friday, defeating the Cleveland State Vikings 5-2 and the Aquinas College Saints 6-1. With the wins, the Broncos improve to 5-3 on the season.
The Broncos opened the day with the thrilling victory over the Vikings, winning five of six singles matches after dropping the doubles point to earn the victory. The Vikings swept the doubles session to take the 1-0 lead in the match, but Ruben Greiner tied the overall match with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 victory over Joe VanMeter in the No. 4 singles match. Cleveland State re-took the lead with a win in the No. 3 singles match, with Ali Shabib defeating Aaron Wong 6-4, 6-3.
However, the Broncos won a series of nail-biters to end the match, including three matches that went to full third sets and a fourth that went to a second-set tiebreaker. Pablo Mora responded to a first set loss with two straight set wins, beating Nolan Marks 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 5 singles match to make it 2-1. Nadin Indre bounced back from a loss in his second set in the No. 1 singles match, taking a tight third set from Jorg van der Vloet to win 6-3, 1-6, 7-5. Ross VanderPloeg clinched the team match for the Broncos with an exciting come-from-behind win over Matt Kuelker in the No. 2 singles; the senior trailed 4-1 and 5-2 in the first and second sets, respectively, but still defeated Kuelker 6-4, 7-6 (5). Andrew Cahn wrapped the match with a 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 win over Niklas Jonsson in the No. 6 singles match.
The match against the Saints proved to be much less stressful, as the Broncos took the doubles point and five of the six singles matches. The doubles session was no walk in the park, though, as the Broncos needed a win in the No. 3 doubles to clinch the victory. After VanderPloeg and Indre notched the first doubles victory with an 8-5 win in the No. 1 match, the pairing of Greiner and Stephen Payne beat Mike Sendor and Frankie Fischer 8-6 to break a doubles deadlock and give the Broncos the point.
Singles moved quickly, with the Broncos rattling off five straight victories to put the result out of reach early. Mora moved up in the line-up, beating Nik Artaev 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 3 singles match, and Jim Beckwith gave the Broncos a 3-0 edge with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Andy Struble in the No. 5 match. Greiner clinched the overall match victory with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Kristof Saari in the No. 2 singles match, Indre earned his second singles win of the event with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Aaron Hendrick in the No. 1 match, and Cahn wrapped the Broncos' scoring with a 6-2, 6-2 win in the No. 4 singles match.
Western Michigan University 5, Cleveland State 2
Feb 08, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Jorg van der Vloet (CLEST) 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
2. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Matt Kuelker (CLEST) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Ali Shabib (CLEST) def. Aaron Wong (WMU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Joe VanMeter (CLEST) 6-0, 6-0
5. Pablo Mora (WMU) def. Nolan Marks (CLEST) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
6. Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Niklas Jonsson (CLEST) 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-4
1. Ali Shabib/Niklas Jonsson (CLEST) def. Nadin Indre/Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) 8-5
2. Joe VanMeter/Nolan Marks (CLEST) def. Aaron Wong/Andrew Cahn (WMU) 8-7 (8-6)
3. Matt Kuelker/Matt Ford (CLEST) def. Ruben Greiner/Stephen Payne (WMU) 8-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,3,5,1,2,6)
Western Michigan University 6, Aquinas College 1
Feb 08, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Aaron Hendrick (AQMT) 6-3, 6-2
2. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Kristoff Saari (AQMT) 6-1, 6-2
3. Pablo Mora (WMU) def. Nik Artaev (AQMT) 6-1, 6-0
4. Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Kyle Masteller (AQMT) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jim Beckwith (WMU) def. Andy Struble (AQMT) 6-3, 6-1
6. Frankie Fischer (AQMT) def. Marc Shideler (WMU) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (12-10)
1. Ross VanderPloeg/Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Aaron Hendrick/Nik Artaev (AQMT) 8-5
2. Kristoff Saari/Andy Struble (AQMT) def. Aaron Wong/Andrew Cahn (WMU) 8-6
3. Ruben Greiner/Stephen Payne (WMU) def. Mike Sendor/Frankie Fischer (AQMT) 8-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,5,2,1,4,6)