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Courtesy: Zolton Cohen

Freshmen Step Up At Purdue Invitational

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 09/22/2012
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team saw the freshman class pick up a handful of significant victories on Saturday, and the Broncos completed play on the second day of the Purdue Fall Invitational in West Lafayette. The Broncos will complete competition at the tournament on Sunday.

Freshman Andrew Cahn continued his strong start to the season with a pair of victories in the Flight A Singles Back Draw, moving into the semifinals of the bracket as a result. Cahn started his day with a singles win over IUPUI's Thomas Gans, surviving a first set defeat to win the match 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (12). Immediately after the marathon three-setter, Cahn would go on to beat Valparaiso's Michael Savaglio in a comparatively breezy 6-3, 6-3 affair.

Cahn was not the only freshman to win multiple matches on Saturday. Stephen Payne advanced to the semifinals of the Flight C Singles Back Draw with a pair of wins as well, overcoming tiebreakers in each to earn the victory. Payne began the day with a 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (9) win over Butler's Andres Maynez, and would beat IPFW's Tim Saltys 6-3, 7-6 (6) to reach the final four of his bracket.

Two other Broncos recorded victories in singles matches on Saturday before bowing out of their respective brackets. Senior Ross VanderPloeg posted an impressive win over a Mid-American Conference foe, defeating Toledo's Francisco Stuardo 6-3, 6-4, while Michael Treis defeated cleveland State's Jorg Van der Vloet 6-3, 6-3.

Day 2 Results

Flight A Singles Main Draw

Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Francisco Stuardo (Toledo) 6-3, 6-4
Diego Acosta (Purdue) def. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Flight A Singles Back Draw

Michael Treis (WMU) def. Jorg Van der Vloet (CSU) 6-3, 6-3
Terence Weigand (Toledo) def. Michael Treis (WMU) 7-5, 6-2
Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Gans (IUPUI) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (12)
Andrew Cahn def. Savaglio (Valparaiso) 6-3, 6-3

Flight B Singles Back Draw

Estenssoro (Iowa) def. Jimmy Beckwith (WMU) 6-4, 6-4

Flight C Singles Main Draw

Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue) def. Aaron Wong (WMU) 6-1, 6-0
Paul John (DEP) def. Marc Shideler (WMU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

Flight C Singles Back Draw

Stephen Payne (WMU) def. Maynez (Butler) 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (9)
Stephen Payne (WMU) def. Saltys (IPFW) 6-3, 7-6 (6)

Flight A Doubles Back Draw

Volz/Bradley (IUPUI) def. VanderPloeg/Treis (WMU) 8-6
Gans/Shafer (IUPUI) def. Payne/Cahn (WMU) 8-2

Flight B Doubles Main Draw

Tebon/Notkin (UWGB) def. Shideler/Beckwith (WMU) 8-4
Van der Vloet/Kuelker (CSU) def. Geeraert (Butler) / Wong (WMU) 9-7