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Three-Match Weekend Awaits Men's Tennis

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 02/08/2013
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Western Michigan Broncos vs. Cleveland State Vikings
Friday, Feb. 8 // 1 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // West Hills Athletic Club

Western Michigan Broncos vs. Aquinas College Saints
Friday, Feb. 8 // 6 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // West Hills Athletic Club

Western Michigan Broncos vs. Illinois State Redbirds
Sunday, Feb. 10 // 11 a.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // West Hills Athletic Club


This will be the second meeting between the Broncos and the Vikings, with the teams splitting the series at one win apiece.  The Vikings beat the Broncos in a match played in Cleveland last year, winning 4-3.  Nadin Indre and Ross VanderPloeg picked up singles wins for the Broncos.  This will, however, be the first meeting between the Broncos and the Saints.

This will be the 23rd meeting between Western Michigan and Illinois State, with the Broncos holding a 16-6 advantage in the all-time series.  The last time the teams met was just last season, when the Broncos narrowly edged the Redbirds 4-3 in Normal.  Ross VanderPloeg clinched the match victory with a win in the No. 5 singles, defeating Jordan Badenko 6-2, 6-3.  The Broncos won the doubles point, which turned out to be the difference as the teams split the six singles matches.

Cleveland State participated in the Vredevelt Invite hosted at Western Michigan this past fall, and consequently the two teams saw their individuals square off more than a few times in the fall season.  Members of the Broncos went 2-5 in singles play against Cleveland State at the tournament, with Ross VanderPloeg and Andrew Cahn recording wins. 

The Broncos fared better in doubles play, where they went 2-1; Michael Treis and Jim Beckwith earned a win over Joe VanMeter and Matt Ford, and Cahn teamed with Marc Shideler to beat Matt Kuelker and Nolan Marks.

Illinois State also participated in the Vredevelt Invite but there were only four singles matches that featured members of the Broncos and the Redbirds.  Members of the Broncos went 3-1 in singles play against members of the Redbirds at the tournament: Ross VanderPloeg toughed out a three-set victory over Alex Peleaz; Andrew Cahn defeated Michael Sellitto 6-0, 6-2; and Michael Treis defeated Muddappa Appaenervanda in a three-set super tiebreaker.

The Broncos are hosting a USTA Campus Kids’ Day event today, which will take place between the doubleheader matches.  Children from grades K-8 will be invited down to the court to play games, win prizes, and enjoy pizza.