Men's Tennis Sharp at Purdue Fall Invite
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team had a sterling first day at the Purdue Fall Invitational, going undefeated in doubles and posting a 6-2 record in singles play to set the stage for more success later in the weekend.
The Broncos excelled in singles play on the first day of the tournament, posting a 6-2 mark as a team as four players advanced in straight sets and two others survived three-set tests. 124th-ranked Nadin Indre, the No. 1 singles seed in the tournament field, easily bested his first opponent, defeating Wright State's Lauri Makikalli 6-3, 6-0 to advance to the second round of the Flight A Singles. Indre's teammate Andrew Cahn also posted a straight sets win in the Flight A Singles bracket, defeating Washington (Mo.) player Jeremy Bush 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the second round. Indre will face Louisville's Eric Bonfre in the second round of the tournament, while Cahn will face Butler's Poluk Bhattacharya.
Ruben Greiner was one of the Broncos to require three sets to win, taking a truly nip-and-tuck match against Louisville's Jeff Brown. Greiner dropped a first set tiebreaker but came back to win two close sets for the win, defeating Brown 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 in the Flight B Singles. The Broncos' other three-set win in singles came courtesy of freshman Zach Phillips, who beat Cleveland State's Nolan Marks 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the Flight D singles to advance to the second round.
Rounding out the singles wins for the Broncos was Matt Hamilton, who took a 6-2, 6-4 win against Iowa's Joey White in the Flight C singles, and Jimmy Beckwith, who won a first set tiebreaker against Chicago's Gordon Zhang for a 7-6 (4), 6-4 set victory.
The Broncos were even better in doubles play, going 3-0 overall when considering the "A" and "B" flights. The doubles pairings of Greiner and Stephen Payne faced the most adversity in earning a win, defeating Butler's Oneill and Bhattacharya in a match tiebreaker; WMU downed the Bulldogs 7-3 in the tiebreaker set to win the match 9-8 (3). Cahn and Marc Shideler were also successful in the "A" flight, beating Valparaiso's Schorsch and Honert 8-5. ROunding out the doubles wins for the Broncos was Beckwith and Hamilton, who beat Chicago's Zhang and Hawkins 8-6 to advance to the second round.
Flight C Singles
Matt Hamilton (WMU) def. Joey White (Iowa) 6-2, 6-4
Ricardo Pineda (WSU) def. Michael Treis (WMU) 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-4
Flight D Singles
Zach Phillips (WMU) def. Nolan Marks (CSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Jimmy Beckwith (WMU) def. Gordon Zhang (Chicago) 7-6 (4), 6-4
Flight A Doubles
Cahn/Shideler (WMU) def. Schorsch/Honert (Valpo) 8-5
Greiner/Payne (WMU) def. Oneill/Bhattacharya (Butler) 9-8 (3)
Flight B Doubles
Beckwith/Hamilton (WMU) def. Hawkins/Zhang (Chicago) 8-6
Mora/Phillips (WMU) advance by default