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Broncos Close Weekend With Home Doubleheader

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 03/24/2013
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Western Michigan Broncos (12-7) vs. Butler Bulldogs
Sunday, March 24 // 2 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // West Hills Athletic Club

Western Michigan Broncos vs. Grand Valley State Lakers
Sunday, March 24 // 7 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // West Hills Athletic Club

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THE SERIES

This will be the 16th meeting between the Broncos and the Bulldogs, with Western Michigan holding a 15-0 advantage in the all-time rivalry in the series.  The last time the teams met was last season, when the Broncos defeated the Bulldogs 6-1 at West Hills on Feb. 17, 2012.  Nadin Indre, Ross VanderPloeg, and Aaron Wong each went 2-0 on the day, winning both their singles matches and their respective doubles matches.

This will be the 11th meeting between the Broncos and the Lakers, with Western Michigan holding a 10-0 advantage in the all-time series.  This will be the second team from the GLIAC that the Broncos have faced this weekend; they defeated Ferris State 7-0 on Thursday evening.

BACK ON A ROLL

After a brief cold streak, the Broncos are back on the winning track, having won four straight matches dating back to March 2.  The season-long win streak for the Broncos is five matches, set from Feb. 8 - Feb. 15.  Pablo Mora and Ross VanderPloeg have been the top singles performers in that span, posting 4-0 records, while the doubles pairing of Ruben Greiner and Nadin Indre has gone 3-1 in that span.

MORA IT IS
It was announced last week that Pablo Mora was named the Mid-American Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for March 14.  It is the first time Mora has won the award in his career, and is the fifth time a Bronco has won the award this year; both Nadin Indre and Ross VanderPloeg have won it twice this year.

Mora earned a key singles victories in the Broncos’ 4-3 win over #43 Michigan State last week, giving the Broncos a 3-2 lead with a win in the No. 5 singles match. Mora defeated Harry Jadun 6-3, 6-4 to give the Broncos the lead. The singles win was the fourth straight for Mora, who improves to 12-4 in singles play.

BIG TEN BOPPERS
When the Broncos were last in action, they defeated the #43-ranked Michigan State Spartans 4-3 in a nailbiter played at West Hills Athletic Club.  Not only was the win the first over a ranked opponent since the Broncos downed #69 Purdue on Feb. 27, 2010, but it also extended the Broncos' streak of seasons with at least one win over a Big Ten opponent.  Western Michigan has now beaten at least one Big Ten opponent in 11 consecutive seasons.

SPEAKING OF WHICH...
The match victory against the Spartans represents the first win against a team ranked in the ITA top-50 since the Broncos beat #50 DePaul on March 7, 2009 at the H.E.B. Tournament of Champions in Corpus Christi, Texas.  The Broncos recorded one other top-50 win that year, beating #45 East Tennessee State on March 1 in a match played at Minnesota.

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