Here is a look at last week's MAC men's tennis action.
Men's Tennis Topples Xavier, 4-3
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State men's tennis team handed Xavier only its third loss of the season Sunday afternoon at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center. The Cardinals 4-3 victory over the Musketeers improved their overall record to 9-6 while Xavier falls to 13-3.
Ball State had to battle back after falling behind 1-0 to Xavier after dropping the doubles point. The lone doubles victory for the Cardinals was at the No. 3 spot, Dalton Albertin and Alexandre Brym defeated Michael Moe and Zach Mueck, 8-5.
The Cardinals knocked off the Musketeers during singles play winning four matches. Ray Leonard took down Jimmy Roebker 6-4, 7-5 at the No. 1 position. Albertin won in straight sets over Mueck at No. 3 singles while Brym and Elliott also earned victories in their respective positions.
The Ball State men's tennis team continues spring action at in-state rival Butler Tuesday. First serve is at 2:30 p.m.
Men’s Tennis Downed at Lynn University
BOCA RATON, FL – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team fell back to .500 with a 7-2 loss at Lynn University (12-1), the number three ranked team in Division II. Following the weekend matches in Florida, the Bulls are 6-6. The Bulls scored a pair of singles wins. At number two, Damien David knocked off Alessio Iannozzi, 6-3, 6-1. Number six player Ashwin Sharma also picked up a victory with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Giulio Gomba.
UB begins Mid-American Conference play with road matches at Western Michigan on April 5 and Toledo on April 7.
Lynn 7, Buffalo 2
1 Willi Wolfer/Vlad Cirla (L) d. Damien David/Akhil Mehta (UB), 8-1
2 Pavel Mohja/Max Kouyate (L) d. Sergio Arevalillo/Ashwin Sharma (UB), 8-3
3 Alessio Iannozzi/Simon Gloeckner (L) d. Yevgeniy Jason Shkodnik/Vusa Hove (UB), 8-5
1 Vlad Cirla (L) d. Vusa Hove (UB), 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8)
2 Damien David (UB) d. Alessio Iannozzi (L), 6-3, 6-1
3 Pavel Mohja (L) d. Pablo Alvarez (UB), 6-4, 6-2
4 Max Kouyate (L) d. Sergio Arevalillo (UB), 6-0, 4-6, 7-5
5 Simon Glockner (L) d. Jason Simon (UB), 6-2, 6-0
6 Ashwin Sharma (UB) d. Giulio Gomba (L), 6-2, 6-3
Men’s Tennis Falls at Florida Atlantic, 4-3
BOCA RATON, FL – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team opened its weekend in South Florida with a 4-3 loss at Florida Atlantic on Friday afternoon at the Patch Reef Tennis Center.
The Bulls (6-5) scored three singles wins over the homestanding Owls (5-9). At first singles, Vusa Hove rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Jose Fantova. Pablo Alvarez, at fourth singles, also had an easy straight sets win over Sean Bacha, 6-1, 6-2. Damien David, at second singles, needed three sets to dispose of Will Neuner. David won the first and third sets by identical 7-5 scores after dropping the second set, 6-3.
UB also picked up a doubles win from Hove and Yevgeniy Jason Shkodnik over Bacha and Richard Meade in the number three contest, 9-8.
"This was a brutally tough match. Credit to FAU for playing well and winning that match," said UB head coach Lee Nickell. "I am very proud of how much our guys are improving and the way Vusa, Damien and Pablo stepped up in singles. We need to find a way to get over our nervousness in tight situations to win a match like this. We have a tough turn around tomorrow with Lynn but it is a great opportunity to practice what we saw today."
Florida Atlantic 4, Buffalo 3
1 Jose Fantova/Will Neuner (FAU) d. Damien David/Akhil Mehta (UB), 8-1
2 Andrei Morin-Kougoucheff/Robert Dubuque (FAU) d.Ashwin Sharma/Sebastian Ionescu (UB), 9-8
3 Vusa Hove/Yevgeniy Jason Shkodnik (UB) d. Sean Bacha/Richard Meade (FAU), 9-8
1 Vusa Hove (UB) d. Jose Fantova (FAU), 6-1, 6-1
2 Damien David (UB) d. Will Neuner (FAU), 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
3 Andrei Morin-Kougoucheff (FAU) d.Sebastian Ionescu (UB), 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
4 Pablo Alvarez (UB) d. Sean Bacha (FAU), 6-1, 6-2
5 Robert Dubuque (FAU) d. Ashwin Sharma (UB), 6-4, 7-5
6 Richard Meade (FAU) d. Sergio Arevallilo (UB), 6-4, 6-4
Bethune-Cookman Tops CSU Men's Tennis 5-2
ORLANDO, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman handed Chicago State men's tennis a 5-2 defeat on Friday (March 15) in the Cougars' final match in Florida during their spring break trip. Sophomore Sergiu Muresan (Roman, Romania) won at No. 1 singles over Juan Varon 0-6, 6-2, 7-6. Sophomore Rashley Yeremia (Jakarta, Indonesia) delivered a victory at No. 5 singles, beating Moritz Pronath 1-6, 6-1, 11-9. The other singles matches went to Bethune-Cookman in straight sets.
Muresan and sophomore Mario Noboa (Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador) won at No. 1 doubles 8-3 but Cougars lost the doubles point. Bethune-Cookman is now 12-8. Chicago State falls to 1-14. The Cougars host Eastern Illinois on Tuesday (March 19).
Muresan Wins But CSU Men's Tennis Falls To Northern Kentucky 6-1
ORLANDO, Fla. – Chicago State men's tennis was on the wrong side of a 6-1 decision on Wednesday (March 13) afternoon to the Northern Kentucky Norse of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The Cougars' sole point came at No. 1 singles where sophomore Sergiu Muresan (Roman, Romania) topped Guillaume Berman 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 10-5.
Chicago State dropped the doubles point, but did win at No. 2 doubles. Freshman Jean Paul Jones (Guayaquil, Ecuador/Cruz del Sur) combined with sophomore Julian Chavez (Bogota, Colombia) for an 8-6 victory over Pierce Kohls and Jimmy Caccamu 8-6. The other two doubles matches were close, with Chicago State losing at No. 1 8-6 and No. 3 9-7.
“We played well in doubles and were evenly matched,” Chicago State head coach Jack Barton said. “But we have to understand that the match isn't over if we lose the doubles point. We have to believe we can still win in singles.”
Chicago State falls to 1-13. Northern Kentucky is now 3-7.
1. Muresan, Sergiu (CHIST) def. BERMAN, Guillaume (NKU) 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 10-5
2. KOHLS, Pierce (NKU) def. Noboa, Mario (CHIST) 6-3, 6-1
3. ANGULO, Christopher (NKU) def. Chavez, Julian (CHIST) 6-0, 6-1
4. CORREA, Andre (NKU) def. Jones, Jean Paul (CHIST) 6-3, 6-0
5. MAGINLEY, Jody (NKU) def. Yeremia, Rashley (CHIST) 7-5, 6-2
6. ZSIDAI, Balint (NKU) def. Ulloa, Luis (CHIST) 6-2, 6-2
1. BERMAN, Guillaume/CORREA, Andre (NKU) def. Muresan, Sergiu/Noboa, Mario (CHIST) 8-6
2. Jones, Jean Paul/Chavez, Julian (CHIST) def. KOHLS, Pierce/CACCAMO, Jimmy (NKU) 8-6
3. MAGINLEY, Jody/JOHNSON, Cameron (NKU) def. Ulloa, Luis/Yeremia, Rashley (CHIST) 9-7
Northern Illinois Closes Spring Break With Win Over Army
The Huskies defeated the Black Knights, 4-2.
ORLANDO, Fla. - It only took singles play for Northern Illinois to earn victory in the spring break finale versus Army as the Huskies defeated the Black Knights, 4-2. Due to time constraints on the courts, doubles were not contested. NIU finished spring break with a 3-1 record to improve the team's overall register to 11-5.
"Any time we get a chance to play against any of the service academies - Army, Navy or Air Force - it's a great privilege," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. "The challenge today was to see if we could come out and replicate what we did yesterday against a good Appalachian State team and we did that today and I'm really proud of our guys. Army played exactly as we knew they would. They fight unbelievably hard and they never give up. They try to wear you down physically and mentally and our guys stepped up to that challenge today."
With limited time on the courts, the Huskies and the Black Knights only contested singles in the match. Northern Illinois dominated at the top of the lineup and sealed the deal with a win at the very bottom of the scoresheet to clinch NIU's 11th victory of the season.
Axel Lagerlof won his second-straight match at No. 1 against Army ace Asika Isoh, winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2. At the No. 2 spot, Frederic Cadieux took on Rashad Shelton and also won in straight sets to clinch a point, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 2. Dor Amir won his first singles match of the trip as he defeated Caison Best at No. 3, 6-1, 6-3.
The match came down to the wire as Simon Formont and Roman Cacha faced off for the Huskie win or the match draw. Cacha took the first set of the contest with a 6-3 triumph but Formont rallied back in the second to a 6-0 set victory. The two traded blows in the final frame but the NIU freshman emerged victorious, 6-4.
The Huskies will return to action Sunday March 24 at Southern Illinois.
Northern Illinois 4, Army 2
1. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Asika Isoh (Army) 6-0, 6-2
2. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Rashad Shelton (Army) 6-2, 6-4
3. Dor Amir (NIU) def. Caison Best (Army) 6-1, 6-3
4. Peter Sienko (Army) def. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) 6-2, 7-5
5. Harrison McCormick (Army) def. Max Phillips (NIU) 6-3, 7-5
6. Simon Formont (NIU) def. Roman Cacha (Army) 3-6, 6-0, 6-4
Huskies Grind-Out 4-3 Win Over Appalachian State
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Northern Illinois men's tennis team earned its 10th win of the season Wednesday afternoon versus Appalachian State (2-7), defeating the Mountaineers, 4-3, in Orlando, Fla., to improve to 10-5 this season.
"Today was about getting four points and finding a way to win the match," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher, "I was really happy to see Max (Phillips) start to turn the corner today with his doubles and singles play. That was the difference today in us winning or losing this match.
"The challenge tomorrow is to see if we can turn around and find a way to come through again. Army always has great program, they've won many Patriot League Championships. I'm curious to see if our group can step up and take on the challenge."
The Huskies doubles pairs have begun to gel over the last few matches and today was no exception for NIU. Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof won their match at No. 1, 8-6, while Max Phillips and Simon Formont clinched the NIU point at No. 2 to earn the early advantage over ASU, 8-5.
Lagerlof continued his strong play in singles at No. 1 with a three set victory, capped with a dominant third set, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0. Rounding out the Huskies victories were Frederic Cadieux at No. 2, who finished in strong fashion against Steve Karendal, 6-2, 6-0, and Phillips at No. 5 with his grind-it-out win over Jan-Willem Kleynhans, 7-6, 7-6.
Northern Illinois will close its spring trip in Florida tomorrow at 1 p.m. when it faces Army, the 2012 Patriot League runner-up. Appalachian State defeated Army, 5-2, March 10.
Northern Illinois 4, Appalachian State 3
1. Amir/Lagerlof (NIU) def. King/Kleynhans (ASU) 8-6
2. Formont/Phillips (NIU) def. Bost/McKinnon (ASU) 8-5
3. Lake/Karendal (ASU) def. Cadieux/Zeljkovic (NIU) 8-1
1. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Seb King (ASU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
2. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Steve Karendal (ASU) 6-2, 6-0
3. Zach Bost (ASU) def. Dor Amir (NIU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
4. Andrew McKinnon (ASU) def. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) 7-5, 6-2
5. Max Phillips (NIU) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (NIU) 7-6, 7-6
6. Matt Saltsgaver (ASU) def. Simon Formont (NIU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Huskies Fall to Hatters in Florida Opener
NIU drops first of three matches in Florida
DELAND, Fla. – The Northern Illinois men’s tennis opened its three-match trip in Florida Monday afternoon, falling to Stetson at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center, 5-2. The Huskies own a 9-5 record, while the Hatters extend their unbeaten streak to 7-0.
Northern Illinois earned its two points at the top-two spots in the lineup with victories by Axel Lagerlof and Frederic Cadieux. Lagerlof put in one of the team’s most impressive performances of the year at No. 1 when he defeated Didrik Berg, 6-0, 6-0. Cadieux also won in two-set fashion as he defeated Laurynas Antropikas, 6-4, 6-2.
NIU’s Dor Amir and Jovan Zeljkovic played to three sets in their matches at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, but were unable to pull out victories. Amir lost his match, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4) while Zeljkovic fell, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
The Huskies will return to the court tomorrow afternoon when they take on Appalachian State in Orlando, Fla.
Stetson 5, Northern Illinois 2
Mandy Stoll Tennis Center
1. Antropikas/Riseng (STET) def. Amir/ Lagerlof (NIU) 8-3
2. Berg/Julin (STET) def. Formont/Lagutin (NIU) 8-0
3. Cadieux/Zeljkovic (NIU) vs. Espie/Kapukiran (STET) 5-4, DNF
1. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Didrik Berg (STET) 6-0, 6-0
2. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Laurynas Antropikas (STET) 6-4, 6-2
3. Cahit Kapukiran (STET) def. Dor Amir (NIU) 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Simon Julin (STET) def. Max Phillips (NIU) 6-0, 6-1
5. Egor Panyushkin (STET) def. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
6. Chester Espie (STET) def. Simon Formont (NIU) 6-2, 6-2
Toledo Extends Win Streak to Six With Two Wins on Saturday
FORT WAYNE, IN – Toledo ran its match win streak to six with victories over Dayton and IPFW on Saturday. The Rockets blanked the Flyers 7-0 inside Shadow Valley Tennis Club and conquered the Mastodons 5-2 on the road in Fort Wayne for the nightcap. UT improves to 17-6 overall, while winning 10 of its previous 11 duals.
"We didn't play our best in either match,” UT head coach Al Wermer said. “But the guys realize those are the times that help you improve the most. Tonight's match was quite competitive, and our doubles teamwork was much improved.”
The Midnight Blue & Gold only lost one doubles match on the day, as the sophomore tandem of Tomas Stillman and Nicky Wong won the top flight in each match by a score of 8-6.
Senior Bryant Dudzik and freshman Ryan Jorgensen also recorded two wins in doubles play at the No. 3 spot.
In singles competition, Stillman and sophomore Grant Adams cruised at the top of the lineup with straight-set victories in both matches. Stillman held down the No. 1 position with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Dayton’s Aidan Koross and 6-4, 6-3 win over IPFW.
Adams remained solid at No. 2 singles by limiting his opponents to less than three points in each set. With his two wins, Adams has not lost a singles match since Jan. 26 versus Binghamton – a streak of 15 matches.
Wong and senior Terence Weigand also recorded two wins apiece in singles. Wong battled through three sets in both matches at the No. 4 spot, while Weigand easily conquered his opponents at the fifth spot.
Senior Francisco Stuardo notched a three-set victory over Dayton’s Josh Malyon at No. 3 singles; 3-6, 6-4, 10-7.
Dudzik came away victorious in straight sets to lock down the final lineup spot over Dayton.
Toledo returns to action next Saturday, March 23 when it hosts Denison at 1:00 p.m.
Toledo 7, Dayton 0
1. STILLMAN, Tomas (TOLEDO) def. Aidan Koross (DAYTON) 6-3, 6-1
2. ADAMS, Grant (TOLEDO) def. Andrew Hanley (DAYTON) 6-1, 6-2
3. STUARDO, Francisco (TOLEDO) def. Josh Malyon (DAYTON) 3-6, 6-4, 10-7
4. WONG, Nicholas (TOLEDO) def. Kyle Macdonald (DAYTON) 3-6, 6-1, 11-9
5. WEIGAND, Terence (TOLEDO) def. Colin Bernier (DAYTON) 6-2, 6-3
6. DUDZIK, Bryant (TOLEDO) def. Enzo Milano (DAYTON) 6-1, 6-2
1. STILLMAN, Tomas/WONG, Nicholas (TOLEDO) def. Aidan Koross/Robert Salcedo (DAYTON) 8-6
2. Kyle Macdonald/Josh Malyon (DAYTON) def. ADAMS, Grant/STUARDO, Francisco (TOLEDO) 8-2
3. DUDZIK, Bryant/JORGENSEN, Ryan (TOLEDO) def. Andrew Hanley/Colin Bernier (DAYTON) 8-3
Toledo 5, IPFW 2
1. Stillman/Wong def. Kang/Freitas 8-6
2. Adams/Stuardo def. Andrews/Muadi 8-2
3. Dudzik/Jorgensen def.Romer/Cobos 8-4
1. Stillman def. Kang 6-4, 6-3
2. Adams def. Andrews 6-2, 6-1
3. Cobos def. Stuardo 2-6, 6-4, 10-6
4. Wong def. Freitas 6-7, 6-2, 10-7
5. Weigand def. Muadi 6-2, 6-1
6. Gwell def. Dudzik 6-3, 4-6, 10-3