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VanderPloeg Clinches 4-3 Upset of #43 Spartans

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 03/08/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team came back from a 2-0 deficit to win four of six singles matches, notching the upset over the #43 Michigan State Spartans at West Hills Athletic Club on Friday.  With the win, the Broncos improve to 10-7 on the season.

The Broncos came back from being a point down after the doubles session, taking three of four singles matches in straight sets situations before earning the clinching point in a three-set comeback.  Ross VanderPloeg extended his singles win streak to four matches, coming back from a set down against the Spartans' Drew Lied to win the No. 2 singles match 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.  The win clinched the team victory for the Broncos, giving them their first win over a ranked opponent since beating #69 Purdue at home on Feb. 27, 2010.

The Spartans swept the Broncos in doubles play, winning all three matches to take the point, and actually led the match 2-0 after posting a win in the No. 4 singles match.  Andrew Cahn put the Broncos on the board with a dominant win in No. 6 singles, beating Will Davis 6-1, 6-2.  The match was tied at 2-2 when Nadin Indre defeated his second nationally-ranked singles opponent of the year, beating #109 Aaron Pfister 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1 singles.

Pablo Mora put the Broncos in position to clinch the match with a win in the No. 5 singles over Harry Jadun, but Michigan State took the No. 3 singles match to knot the team match up at 3-3.  VanderPloeg outlasted Lied for his fourth straight singles victory, clinching the Broncos' victory.

Western Michigan University 4, #43 Michigan State 3
Mar 08, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)


Singles competition
1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. #109 Aaron Pfister (MSU) 7-5, 6-4
2. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Drew Lied (MSU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
3. John Patrick Mullane (MSU) def. Aaron Wong (WMU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Gijs Linders (MSU) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Pablo Mora (WMU) def. Harry Jadun (MSU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Will Davis (MSU) 6-1, 6-2


Doubles competition
1. Harry Jadun/Gijs Linders (MSU) def. Nadin Indre/Ruben Greiner (WMU) 8-6
2. John Patrick Mullane/Drew Lied (MSU) def. Aaron Wong/Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) 8-6
3. Aaron Pfister/Christian Roehmer (MSU) def. Jim Beckwith/Stephen Payne (WMU) 8-5

Match Notes
Michigan State 6-6; National ranking #43
Western Michigan University 9-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,6,1,5,3,2)