Broncos Win Tournament Opener Against CSU
TOLEDO, Ohio - The Western Michigan men's tennis team began the 2012 Mid-American Conference tournament with a decisive victory, as the third-seeded Broncos swept the sixth-seeded Chicago State Cougars 4-0 in Toledo on Thursday. With the win, the Broncos improve to 15-11 overall; they will face the second-seeded Northern Illinois Huskies on Friday, April 27 at 2 p.m.
"I think we did what we needed to do today," said WMU head men's tennis coach Dave Morin. "We put one match under our belts before we take on a good NIU team tomorrow. If we keep playing up to our level, I'd say we have a good chance for success this weekend."
The Broncos made quick work of the Cougars, wrapping up the match in roughly 90 minutes as they controlled the pace of action. Aaron Wong picked up a pair of wins on the day, including the match clincher, when he defeated Luis Ulloa 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 5 singles match. Wong teamed with Pablo Olivarez in the No. 2 doubles match to lock up the doubles point for the Broncos as well, defeating Julian Chavez and Rashley Yeremia 8-2.
Ross VanderPloeg and Simon Blomberg provided the first win in doubles play on Thursday, downing Ulloa and Sam McKinney 8-0 in No. 3 doubles to take the lead in the session. Zeyad Montasser and Nadin Indre were leading in their No. 1 doubles match over Sergui Muresan and Mario Noboa when Olivarez and Wong sealed the doubles point.
Indre would still pick up a win, though, making short work of Sergui Muresan in the No. 1 singles match; Indre dropped just a single game in each set in winning 6-1, 6-1. Marc Shideler picked up his first career MAC Tournament win against McKinney, sweeping the No. 6 singles match 6-0, 6-0 before won wrapped the match.
The Broncos will take on the Huskies at 2 p.m. on Friday, when WMU will have the chance to exact revenge against one of the two MAC teams they had lost to earlier in the season. Morin, though, says the team hasn't placed any special emphasis on the Huskies.
"I said at the beginning of the year that there is a lot of parity in the MAC, and a lot of good teams left in the tournament that can win the whole thing," said Morin. "We're just focused on playing the way that we are capable of playing."
Western Michigan 4, Chicago State 0
1. Zeyad Montasser/Nadin Indre (WMU) led Sergiu Muresan/Mario Noboa (CSU) (6-4, DNF)
2. Pablo Olivarez/Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Julian Chavez/Rashley Yeremia (CSU), 8-2.
3. Ross Vanderploeg/Simon Blomberg (WMU) def. Sam McKinney/Luis Ulloa (CSU), 8-0.
Order of Finish: 3, 2, (1 DNF)
1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Sergiu Muresan (CSU), 6-1, 6-1
2. Zeyad Montasser (WMU) led Mario Noboa (CSU) 6-5, ret.)
3. Pablo Olivarez (WMU) led Julian Chavez (CSU), 6-1, ret.
4. Ross Vanderploeg (WMU) led Rashley Yeremia (CSU), 6-1, ret.
5. Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Luis Ulloa (CSU), 6-1, 6-4
6. Marc Shideler (WMU) def. Sam McKinney (CSU), 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 5