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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



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.


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.

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.

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.

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.