Broncos Look Sharp on First Day at Northwestern
Three individual Broncos advanced to the quarterfinals of their respective singles draws, with Nadin Indre and Ross VanderPloeg advancing in the A Flight and Andrew Cahn moving on in the B Flight. VanderPloeg opened his weekend with a strong showing against Wisconsin's Alex Konstanov, defeating the Big Ten opponent 6-4, 6-4 in the opening round. Indre faced off against a more familiar opponent, defeating Toledo's Benjamin Brocker 6-1, 6-2, while Cahn downed Marquette's Gleb Sklyr 6-4, 6-2 in the first round.
Freshman Stephen Payne also competed on Friday as part of a modified round robin format, and he earned his first victory of the weekend against a Mid-American Conference opponent. Payne survived a tight first set with Toledo's Bryant Dudzik before taking over in the second set, winning the match 7-5, 6-0.
In addition to the success in singles play, all three Bronco doubles teams in competition earned a victory on Friday, advancing to the quarterfinals of their respective draws before falling in the semis. Two doubles pairings faced off against opponents from Toledo in the first round; VanderPloeg and Payne defeated Toledo's Brocker and Matt Wareti 8-3, and Indre and Cahn teamed to beat the Rockets' Garrett Cona and Grant Adams 8-5. Meanwhile, Jim Beckwith and Aaron Wong teamed up for a win over Big Ten foe, defeating Iowa's Joey White and Dominic Patrick 8-3.
Singles B Flight
Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Gleb Sklyr (Marquette) 6-4, 6-2
Singles - Modified Round Robin
Stephen Payne (WMU) def. Bryant Dudzik (UT) 7-5, 6-0
Doubles A Flight
VanderPloeg/Payne (WMU) def. Brocker/Wareti (UT) 8-3
Balaji/Zanotti (NU) def. VanderPloeg/Payne (WMU) 8-5
Wong/Beckwith (WMU) def. White/Patrick (Iowa) 8-3
Packowitz/Stark (Marquette) def. Wong/Beckwith (WMU) 9-7
Indre/Cahn (WMU) def. Adams/Cona (UT) 8-5
Parlic/Hoang (Arkansas) def. Cahn/Indre (WMU) 8-5