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Courtesy: Zolton Cohen

Broncos Complete First Day at UT Fall Invitational

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 10/12/2012
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team collected a series of impressive wins on Friday, and every Bronco earned at least one victory on the first day of play at the Tennessee Fall Invitational on Friday. Play will resume on Saturday morning.

Indeed, every single Bronco recorded at least one win on Friday, with two players - Jim Beckwith and Stephen Payne - finishing with 2-1 overall marks. The duo teamed together in doubles action, defeating Tennessee's pairing featuring redshirt senior Taylor Patrick 8-3 in the Volunteer Doubles bracket.

Beckwith would also earn a singles victory in the White Singles bracket, defeating USC Upstate's Ramon Simonetti's 6-2, 7-5, while Payne earned a singles win in the White Singles consolation draw, beating Tennessee Tech's Eze Gills 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (8).

Michael Treis and Marc Shideler each moved into the quarterfinal round of the Volunteer Singles draw, with both players winning a match in the round of 16 to advance. Treis handled Wright State's Sean Yun by a score of 6-3, 6-2 to move into the round of eight, while Shideler easily defeated the Raiders' Aaron Madaris 6-2, 6-0.

Rounding out the day for the Broncos were Andrew Cahn and Aaron Wong, who eached bounced back from singles losses early to earn wins in the White Singles consolation draw. Cahn survived a tight first set with Wright State's Evan Neuman, but settled down and shut out his opponent in the second with a 7-5, 6-0 result. Wong's match against Dayton's Devin Jones was more even throughout, but the senior sealed the deal with an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win over Jones.

White Singles
Jim Beckwith (WMU) def. Ramon Simonetti (USC Upstate) 6-2, 7-5
Vasily Eremeev (Tennessee Tech) def. Jim Beckwith (WMU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
Luis Elizondo (Louisvile) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-4, 6-4
Chris Young (PSU) def. Stephen Payne (WMU) 6-2, 6-1
Edward Jones (Tennessee) def. Aaron Wong (WMU) 6-2, 6-1

Volunteer Singles
Michael Treis (WMU) def. Sean Yun (Wright State) 6-3, 6-2
Marc Shideler (WMU) def. Aaron Madaris (Wright State) 6-2, 6-0

White Singles Consolation
Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Evan Neuman (Wright State) 7-5, 6-0
Stephen Payne (WMU) def. Eze Gills (Tennessee Tech) 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (8)
Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Devin Jones (Dayton) 6-3, 6-4

Volunteer Doubles
Beckwith/Payne (WMU) def. Patrick/(Unknown) (Tennessee) 8-3

Orange Doubles
Blanco/Haessig (USC Upstate) def. Cahn/Shideler (WMU) 8-4