Here is a look at last week's MAC men's tennis action.
Men's Tennis Defeats Air Force Saturday, 5-2
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Ball State men's tennis team captured a 5-2 win over Air Force Saturday in Las Vegas. With the win the Cardinals improved to 8-6 on the season.
The Cardinals took the early 1-0 edge over Air Force after sweeping doubles. At No. 1 doubles Ray Leonard and Patrick Elliott took down Lance Wilhelm and Grant Taylor, 8-4. Cliff Morrison teammed up with Imanol Arconada for the 8-3 defeat at the No. 2 spot then Dalton Albertin and Alexandre Brym rounded out the doubles win in a 8-7 (9-7) tie breaker.
In singles action Arconada, Albertin, Austin Smith and Austin Sansone all won in straight sets in their respective positions.
The Ball State men's tennis team continues non-conference action Sunday, March 17 against Xavier at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center. First serve is at 1 p.m.
No. 1 Ray Leonard/Patrick Elliott (BSU) def. Lance Wilhelm/ Grant Taylor 8-4
No. 2 Cliff Morrison/Imanol Arconada (BSU) def. Alex Grubbs/Jack McCullers 8-3
No. 3 Dalton Albertin/Alexandre Brym (BSU) def. Andrew Parks/Steven Young 8-7 (9-7)
No. 1 Ray Leonard (BSU) loses to Lance Wilhelm, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 10-3
No. 2 Imanol Arconada (BSU) def. Steven Young 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 Dalton Albertin (BSU) def. Grant Taylor 7-5, 6-3
No. 4 Patrick Elliott (BSU) loses to Alex Grubbs, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
No. 5 Austin Smith (BSU) def. Andrew Parks, 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 Austin Sansone (BSU) def. Jack McCullers 6-1, 6-3
Men's Tennis Falls to No. 68 UNLV, 5-2
LAS VEGAS, NV - The Ball State men's tennis team suffered a 5-2 loss at No. 68 UNLV Thursday afternoon at the Fertitta Tennis Complex. The Cardinals now fall to 7-6 on the season. The Cardinals lost all three of their doubles matches to the Rebels.
Ball State entered singles play down 1-0 to UNLV. Imanol Arconada defeated Charlie Alvarado in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 4 position. The only other winner for the Cardinals on the day was Patrick Elliott. Elliott took down Bernard Schoeman 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 5 spot. At No. 1 singles Ray Leonard took the first game from Ace Martias but would end up losing in three, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.
#68 UNLV 5, BALL STATE 2
March 7, 2013 at Las Vegas, NV; (Fertitta Tennis Complex)
1. Ace Matias (UNLV) def. Ray Leonard (BSU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
2. Tamas Batyi (UNLV) def. Cliff Morrison (BSU) 6-4, 6-3.
3. Gilad Berman (UNLV) def. Dalton Albertin (BSU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Imanol Arconada (BSU) def. Charlie Alvarado (UNLV) 6-3, 6-4
5. Patrick Elliott (BSU) def. Bernard Schoeman (UNLV) 6-3, 6-3
6. Johannes Markel (UNLV) def. Austin Smith (BSU) 6-2, 6-3
1. Ace Matias/Bernard Schoeman (UNLV) def. Dalton Albertin/Ray Leonard (BSU) 8-1
2. Tamas Batyi/Johannes Markel (UNLV) def. Cliff Morrison/Patrick Elliott (BSU) 8-6
3. Charlie Alvarado/Carlos Di Laura (UNLV) def. Austin Sansone/Imanol Arconada (BSU) 8-4
Bulls Drop 7-0 Decision at Brown
PROVIDENCE, RI – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team opened its Spring Break trip with a 7-0 loss at Brown University on Saturday afternoon.
UB opened play with one of three wins in doubles although the Bulls had a chance to clinch a second win. The number one duo of Damien David and Akhil Mehta scored an 8-6 win over Justin To and William Spector. UB's number two team of Sebastian Ionescu and Ashwin Sharma was defeated, 9-7, by Brandon Burke and Michael Reichmann. The Bulls were broken on their chance when serving for the match and were unable to come back for the win. The Bulls (6-4) were then swept in all six singles matches.
UB travels to Florida to continue the Spring Break trip. The Bulls will face Florida Atlantic and Lynn University while in the Sunshine State.
Brown 7, Buffalo 0
1 Damien David/Akhil Mehta (UB) d. Justin To/William Spector (BU), 8-6
2 Brandon Burke/Michael Reichmann (BU) d. Sebastian Ionescu/Ashwin Sharma (UB), 9-7
3 Sam Fife/Mike Hill (BU) d. Vusa Hove/Yevgeniy Jason Shkodnik (UB), 8-5
1 Michael Reichmann (BU) d. Vusa Hove (UB), 6-2, 6-4
2 Mike Hill (BU) d Damien David (UB), 6-4, 6-2
3 William Spector (BU) d Sebastian Ionescu (UB), 6-4, 6-1
4 Sam Fife (BU) d. Pablo Alvarez (UB), 6-1, 6-3
5 Daniel Herschberg (BU) d. Akhil Mehta (UB), 6-1, 6-3
6 Ivan Kravtchenkol (BU) d. Ashwin Sharma (UB), 7-6, 6-2
Chavez Wins But CSU Men's Tennis Falls 6-1 To SIU
HOMEWOOD, Ill. – In their final match before heading down to Florida for spring break, Chicago State men's tennis suffered a 6-1 loss to Southern Illinois on Sunday (March 10) morning.
The Cougars' lone win came at No. 3 singles where sophomore Julian Chavez (Bogota, Colombia) took down Rafael Cuadrillero with ease 6-4, 6-1. The match could have swung toward the Cougars if the three set contests at No. 1 and No. 2 singles went to Chicago State. Instead Brandon Florez defeated sophomore Sergiu Muresan (Roman, Romania) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-1 at No. 1 and Jorge Cavero topped sophomore Mario Noboa (Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2.
Southern Illinois is now 8-2. Chicago State falls to 1-12. The Cougars head to Florida this week for three matches. First up is Robert Morris (Pa.) on Tuesday.
Southern Illinois 6, Chicago State 1
1. Brandon Florez (SIU) def. Muresan, Sergiu (CHIST) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-1
2. Jorge Cavero (SIU) def. Noboa, Mario (CHIST) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-3
3. Chavez, Julian (CHIST) def. Rafael Cuadrillero (SIU) 6-4, 6-1
4. Jonny Rigby (SIU) def. Jones, Jean Paul (CHIST) 6-2, 6-1
5. Martijn Admiraal (SIU) def. Yeremia, Rashley (CHIST) 6-3, 6-0
6. Szymon Opieczonek (SIU) def. Ulloa, Luis (CHIST) 6-2, 6-2
1. Muresan, Sergiu/Noboa, Mario (CHIST) vs. Brandon Florez/Martijn Admiraal (SIU) 4-7, unfinished
2. Jonny Rigby/Badr Cherradi (SIU) def. Jones, Jean Paul/Chavez, Julian (CHIST) 8-0
3. Jorge Cavero/Szymon Opieczonek (SIU) def. Ulloa, Luis/Yeremia, Rashley (CHIST) 8-4
Men's Tennis Opens Spring Break with Win at Marquette, 4-3
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – For the first time-ever under Head Coach Patrick Fisher, the Northern Illinois men’s tennis team defeated Marquette, 4-3. The Huskies improved to 9-4 with the win to open their spring break, 1-0.
“I am really proud of our Huskies,” said Fisher, “we hunted in a pack and stayed together all night. For that are reward is a BCS win. Our program continues to smash records and make great history, but that’s what it is now – history. It's great we accomplished it but we still need to improve on the two areas we have been talking about all season – doubles and lower half of the line-up.”
With wins by Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof, and Frederic Cadieux and Jovan Zeljkovic at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, respectively, the Huskies clinched the early point in the match. Both pairs won convincingly in their matches as Amir and Lagerlof won, 8-3, and Cadieux and Zeljkovic won, 8-4.
In singles play, Amir and Cadieux won again to give Northern Illinois three points in the match. Amir defeated Vukasin Teofanovic, 6-4, 7-6, while Cadieux grinded out his match against Logon Collins in three sets, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. Simon Formont clinched the match at No. 6 with his three set thriller, defeating James Stark, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6.
Northern Illinois defeated the Golden Eagles for the first time since at least 2006 with its 4-3 victory.
The Huskies will return to action Monday night at Stetson to open their spring break trip in Florida. NIU and the Hatters will begin at 6 p.m. Central.
Northern Illinois 4, Marquette 3
1. Amir/Lagerlof (NIU) def. Mamalat/Teofanovic (MU) 8-3
2. Collins/Tehrani (MU) def. Phillips/Formont (NIU) 8-2
3. Cadieux/Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Packowitc/Skly (MU) 8-4
1. Dan Mamalat (MU) def. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) 6-3, 7-6
2. Dor Amir (NIU) def. Vukasin Teofanovic (MU) 6-4, 7-6
3. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Logon Collins (MU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. Cameron Tehrani (MU) def. Max Phillips (NIU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Gleb Sklyr (MU) def. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) 6-2, 7-5
6. Simon Formont (NIU) def. James Stark (MU) 6-4, 6-7, 7-6
VanderPloeg Clinches 4-3 Upset of #43 Spartans
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team came back from a 2-0 deficit to win four of six singles matches, notching the upset over the #43 Michigan State Spartans at West Hills Athletic Club on Friday. With the win, the Broncos improve to 10-7 on the season.
The Broncos came back from being a point down after the doubles session, taking three of four singles matches in straight sets situations before earning the clinching point in a three-set comeback. Ross VanderPloeg extended his singles win streak to four matches, coming back from a set down against the Spartans' Drew Lied to win the No. 2 singles match 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. The win clinched the team victory for the Broncos, giving them their first win over a ranked opponent since beating #69 Purdue at home on Feb. 27, 2010.
The Spartans swept the Broncos in doubles play, winning all three matches to take the point, and actually led the match 2-0 after posting a win in the No. 4 singles match. Andrew Cahn put the Broncos on the board with a dominant win in No. 6 singles, beating Will Davis 6-1, 6-2. The match was tied at 2-2 when Nadin Indre defeated his second nationally-ranked singles opponent of the year, beating #109 Aaron Pfister 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1 singles.
Pablo Mora put the Broncos in position to clinch the match with a win in the No. 5 singles over Harry Jadun, but Michigan State took the No. 3 singles match to knot the team match up at 3-3. VanderPloeg outlasted Lied for his fourth straight singles victory, clinching the Broncos' victory.
Western Michigan University 4, #43 Michigan State 3
Mar 08, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. #109 Aaron Pfister (MSU) 7-5, 6-4
2. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Drew Lied (MSU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
3. John Patrick Mullane (MSU) def. Aaron Wong (WMU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Gijs Linders (MSU) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Pablo Mora (WMU) def. Harry Jadun (MSU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Will Davis (MSU) 6-1, 6-2
1. Harry Jadun/Gijs Linders (MSU) def. Nadin Indre/Ruben Greiner (WMU) 8-6
2. John Patrick Mullane/Drew Lied (MSU) def. Aaron Wong/Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) 8-6
3. Aaron Pfister/Christian Roehmer (MSU) def. Jim Beckwith/Stephen Payne (WMU) 8-5
Michigan State 6-6; National ranking #43
Western Michigan University 9-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,6,1,5,3,2)