Broncos' Comeback Falls Short Against Princeton
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team rallied late against Princeton, sending four singles matches to full third sets, but the Broncos were unable to pull out the victory over the Tigers in a 5-2 loss at West Hills. With the loss, the Broncos record is evened at 3-3.
Playing against a team that featured the No. 2 singles player in the country in Matija Pecotic, the Broncos trailed the Tigers 3-0 after the first two matches of singles play, but continued to battle and went to full third sets in the remaining singles matches. Ruben Greiner notched his second straight comeback victory in singles, recovering from a first set loss in the No. 4 singles match to beat Augie Bloom 5-7, 6-2, 7-5. The win was the second straight for Greiner, who improved his singles record to 4-2 and his overall record to 8-4.
Aaron Wong was the next Bronco to chip away at the Princeton lead, coming back from a loss in the second set of the No. 3 singles to down Matt Spindler. Wong took the first set 6-4, but was forced into a third set after losing 6-3 in the second. Wong survived a tight third set with Spindler, serving out the set for the 7-5 victory.
Wong's victory cut the Tigers' lead to 3-2, but the Broncos were unable to pull any closer as Ross VanderPloeg and Andrew Cahn each lost hotly contested third sets. VanderPloeg rallied from a set down in the No. 2 singles but ultimately lost 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to Zack McCourt, and Cahn pushed Jonathan Carcione to the limit in the third set before falling 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
The Tigers jumped on the Broncos early in doubles play, earning three victories to take the 1-0 lead in the match. VanderPloeg and Cahn came the closest to victory, but fell 8-6 to Spindler and Dan Davies in the No. 2 doubles match.
Princeton 5, Western Michigan University 2
Jan 31, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
|1. #2 Matija Pecotic (PRINCE) def. Nadin Indre (WMU) 6-3, 6-2|
|2. Zack McCourt (PRINCE) def. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2|
|3. Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Matt Spindler (PRINCE) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5|
|4. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Augie Bloom (PRINCE) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5|
|5. Dan Richardson (PRINCE) def. Pablo Mora (WMU) 6-2, 6-4|
|6. Jonathan Carcione (PRINCE) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5|
|1. Zack McCourt/Matija Pecotic (PRINCE) def. Ruben Greiner/Nadin Indre (WMU) 8-4|
|2. Dan Davies/Matt Spindler (PRINCE) def. Ross VanderPloeg/Andrew Cahn (WMU) 8-6|
|3. Matt Siow/Augie Bloom (PRINCE) def. Aaron Wong/Marc Shideler (WMU) 8-3|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,5,4,3,2,6)|