Here is a review of this weekend's MAC Men's Tennis action.
NIU Sweeps Doubleheader at Home, Defeats IPFW 7-0, Chicago State 6-1
The Huskies won all but two individual matches on the day
ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Huskies hosted their first two home games of the young men's tennis season, and the results were favorable for the home team. At the Boylan Tennis Center on Friday afternoon, NIU bested two teams. First up was Chicago State, a match that NIU won 6-1. Later on, the Huskies faced the IPFW Mastodons and won 7-0. With these two wins, NIU improved its record to 2-1.
"Just looking at our scores, anyone would think it was a good day," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. "In reality, our level of intensity was disappointing. We did not play with a lot of fire and that starts with our leaders. We have to get better at this as a team from start to finish, not just sometimes."
To kick off the day's festivities, NIU and Chicago State played a few doubles matches. Aside from the No. 1 match, these contests weren't all that close. Axel Lagerlof and Dor Amir had the toughest task in the No. 1 against Mario Loboa and Sergui Mureson, but the Huskie tandem was able to pull out the 6-4 victory. NIU easily won the No. 2 and No. 3 matches, sealing the doubles point for the team.
In singles play, the Cougars got one back from NIU, taking the No. 1 match. It was the longest battle of the first match, one which featured Mureson and Lagerlof heading to a tiebreak. Mureson was able to get his team on the board in the end, defeating Lagerlof 4-6, 6-3, 10-4. The rest of singles play featured dominating performances by the Huskies however. Amir, Frederic Cadieux, Jovan Zeljkovic, Simon Formont, and Carlos Manzanas all won their matches in straight sets. Cadieux was particularly impressive. In the No. 3, he didn't allow his opponent to take a single game, defeating Julian Chavez 6-0, 6-0.
Add it all up, and the Huskies won the first match 6-1, evening their team record at 1-1. Next up was IPFW, another match in which NIU would show dominance.
The Huskies nearly took all of the doubles matches in this one. It came down to a tiebreak in the No. 3 match between Cadieux and Formont of NIU and Jonathan Raa and Karl Wangensten-Oye of IPFW. NIU took a narrow defeat here, 6-5 (3), but thanks to the efforts of Amir, Lagerlof, Zeljkovic, and Matt Lynch, the Huskies won the No. 1 and No. 2 matches, grabbing the doubles point for the team.
The Huskies swept singles play, giving the team a 7-0 victory, and improving their record to 2-1. Matches were much closer in this affair than in the one against Chicago State, but the Huskies were able to come away with each victory. The toughest one came in the No. 5, with Manzanas facing Martin Muadi. Manzanas hung in there the whole way, eventually winning 6-5, 5-6, 11-9.
The Huskies will remain at home to face their next opponent, Southern Illinois. That match will be on Friday, January 31 at 5:00 p.m.
NIU: 6, Chicago State: 1
#1: Sergui Mureson (CSU) def. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) 4-6, 6-3, 10-2
#2: Dor Amir (NIU) def. Uros Pajic (CSU) 6-1, 6-3
#3: Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Julian Chavez (CSU) 6-0, 6-0
#4: Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Mario Noboa (CSU) 6-3, 6-0
#5: Simon Formont (NIU) def. Luis Ulloa (CSU) 6-2, 6-2
#6: Carlos Manzanas (NIU) def. Rashley Yeremia (CSU) 6-1, 6-3
#1: Amir/Lagerlof (NIU) def. Noboa/Mureson (CSU) 6-4
#2: Lynch/Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Pajic/Chavez (CSU)) 6-1
#3: Cadieux/Formont (NIU) def. Yeremia/Ulloa (CSU) 6-1
NIU: 7, IPFW: 0
#1: Dor Amir (NIU) def. Daniel Kang (IPFW) 6-4, 6-4
#2: Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Jonathan Raa (IPFW) 6-5, 6-2
#3: Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Andres Cobos (IPFW) 6-3, 6-4
#4: Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Gerald Guell (IPFW) 6-4, 6-4
#5: Carlos Manzanas (NIU) def. Martin Muadi (IPFW) 6-5, 5-6, 11-9
#6: Simon Formont (NIU) def. Karl Wangensten-Oye (IPFW) 6-5, 6-3
#1: Amir/Lagerlof (NIU) def. Kang/Cobos (IPFW) 6-1
#2: Lynch/Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Guell/Muadi (IPFW) 6-3
#3: Raa/Wangensten-Oye (IPFW) def. Cadieux/Formont (NIU) 6-5 (3)
UT Men’s Tennis Takes 4-0 Defeat at the Hands of No. 5 Ohio State
COLUMBUS, OH - The Rockets continued their weekend action Sunday, Jan. 26, falling 4-0 to No. 5 Ohio State in Columbus.
“This was the total opposite of yesterday’s match,” head coach Al Wermer said. “These guys are getting tougher and playing together. This shows how competitive we’ll be as the year goes on.”
Toledo saw junior Mark Singnil (Samutsakorn, Thailand) put up a tough fight against the No. 31 player in the nation, Peter Kobelt. Kobelt led 6-2, 5-4 in the No. 1 singles slot when the match was called short.
Also in an unfinished match, junior Roberto Meza (Antofagasta, Chile) won the first set against OSU’s Marko Goles-Babic in No. 5 singles, and trailed 4-1 in the third unfinished set.
In doubles play, Singnil and junior Nicky Wong (Mansfield, OH) trailed 4-3 in their unfinished No. 1 doubles match to OSU’s Hunter Callahan and Goles-Babic.
The Rockets travel to Louisville, KY for a weekday doubleheader on Thursday, Jan. 30 against Tennessee Tech and Louisville. UT returns home on Saturday, Feb. 1 for another doubleheader when they host Youngstown State and Ferris State.
OHIO STATE 4, TOLEDO 0
1. No. 31 Peter Kobelt (OSU) vs. Mark Singnil (TOL) 6-2, 5-4, unfinished
2. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Stjepan Sisko (TOL) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
3. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Nicky Wong (TOL) 6-3, 6-4
4. Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Garrett Cona (TOL) 6-0, 6-1
5. Marko Goles-Babic (OSU) vs. Roberto Meza (TOL) 3-6, 6-1, 4-1, unfinished
6. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Boris Pak (TOL) 6-2, 6-0
1. Hunter Callahan/Marko Goles-Babic (OSU) vs. Mark Singnil/Nicky Wong (TOL) 4-3, unfinished
2. Peter Kobel/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Garrett Cona/Stjepan Sisko (TOL) 6-3
3. Chris Diaz/Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Ben Brocker/Boris Pak (TOL) 6-2
UT Men's Tennis Can't Hold On, Fall 4-3 to Duquesne
TOLEDO, OH – The Rockets couldn’t hold on to their lead from doubles play as they lost four of six singles matches to come up short against Duquesne on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Shadow Valley Tennis Club.
“I’m positive we’ve had one of the toughest schedules of anyone in college tennis,” head coach Al Wermer said. “Today’s match was extremely winnable, but our lower singles lineup is just struggling with confidence.”
The Rockets took the doubles point, winning two of the three matches. Sophomore Garrett Cona (Silver Lake, OH) and freshman Stjepan Sisko (Kastel Stari, Croatia) defeated Corey Robinson and Max Rubin of Duquesne 6-2 in No. 2 doubles, while freshman Boris Pak (Moscow, Russia) and senior Ben Brocker (Poland, OH) won a hard fought match in No. 3 doubles.
Pak and Brocker trailed 3-0 before going on a run to claim the second win for UT.
In singles play, Sisko and junior Mark Singnil (Samutsakorn, Thailand) each recorded three set singles victories for Toledo, but it wasn’t enough to give the team its first win of the season.
Singnil lost a second set tiebreak 11-9, but bounced back in the third set to win 6-4, 5-6, 6-5 in No. 1 singles, while Sisko fought through two tiebreaks to win 6-5, 5-6, 6-2 in the No. 2 slot.
The Rockets take on No. 5 Ohio State tomorrow afternoon in Columbus.
Duquesne 4, Toledo 3
1. Mark Singnil (TOL) def. Rich Robbie (DUQ) 6-4, 5-6 (11-9), 6-5
2. Stjepan Sisko (TOL) def. Pete Carpenter (DUQ) 6-5 (11-9). 5-6 (7-5), 6-2
3. Alex Aleman (DUQ) def. Nicky Wong (TOL) 6-3, 6-2
4. Corey Robinson (DUQ) def. Roberto Meza (TOL) 6-0, 6-3
5. Max Rubin (DUQ) def. Garrett Cona (TOL) 6-4, 6-5 (7-4)
6. Mehdi Mekaoui (DUQ) def. Ben Brocker (TOL) 6-4, 6-3
1. Pete Carpenter/Alex Aleman (DUQ) def. Nicky Wong/Mark Singnil (TOL) 6-1
2. Garrett Cona/Stjepan Sisko (TOL) def. Corey Robinson/Max Rubin (DUQ) 6-3
3. Boris Pak/Ben Brocker (TOL) def. Matt Slamecka/Harry Walshe (DUQ) 6-4
Broncos Prevail in Tight Match Against Vikings
WESTLAKE, Ohio - The Western Michigan men's tennis team squeaked past their opponent for their first road win of the season, as the Broncos defeated the Cleveland State Vikings 4-3 at the Paramount Tennis Club on Friday. With the win, the Broncos improve to 4-1 on the season.
The two teams were evenly matched in singles play, with both the Broncos and the Vikings taking three matches apiece in the singles session; the difference came in doubles play, with the Broncos controlling the extra point thanks to a three-match sweep. Nadin Indre, Ruben Greiner, and Jimmy Beckwith each went 2-0 on the day for the Broncos, winning their respective singles and doubles matches to seal the win over the Vikings.
Andrew Cahn and Michael Treis got things moving in the doubles session with a quick 6-1 win over Matt Kuelker and Andre Mick in the No. 2 doubles match, giving the Broncos the early edge. The final two doubles matches would be much closer, though the results were ultimately the same; Greiner and Beckwith paired up to beat Jorg Van der Vloet and Matt Ford 6-4 in the No. 3 doubles match, while Indre and Stephen Payne won a tiebreaker against Ali Shabib and Joe VanMeter in the No. 1 doubles match to win by a 6-5 score.
Singles, however, was much tighter, as the two teams traded singles wins throughout, and the Broncos ultimately required two third-set victories to close out the win. Indre won his fourth straight match at No. 1 singles with a three-set win over Van der Vloet, bouncing back from a second-set loss to shut Van der Vloet out in the third for a 6-5, 5-6, 6-0 win. Beckwith also required three sets to win his match, downing VanMeter 6-2, 5-6, 6-1 in the No. 4 singles match. Greiner was the only Bronco to win a match in straight sets, defeating Shabib thanks to a pair of tiebreakers in the No. 2 singles match.
Western Michigan 4, Cleveland State 3
1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. VAN DER VLOET, Jorg (CSU) 6-5, 5-6, 6-0
2. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. SHABIB, Ali (CSU) 6-5, 6-5
3. KUELKER, Matt (CSU) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-5, 6-3
4. Jim Beckwith (WMU) def. VANMETER, Joe (CSU) 6-2, 5-6, 6-1
5. BELLUTTI, Manuel (CSU) def. Michael Treis (WMU) 6-4, 6-3
6. MARKS, Nolan (CSU) def. Pablo Mora (WMU) 1-6, 6-5, 6-2
1. Nadin Indre/Stephen Payne (WMU) def. SHABIB, Ali/VANMETER, Joe (CSU) 6-5
2. Andrew Cahn/Michael Treis (WMU) def. KUELKER, Matt/MICK, Andre (CSU) 6-1
3. Ruben Greiner/Jim Beckwith (WMU) def. VAN DER VLOET, Jorg/FORD, Matt (CSU) 6-4