Men's Tennis Opens MAC Play with Road Doubleheader
Western Michigan Broncos (14-7, 0-0 MAC) at Northern Illinois Huskies (12-5, 1-0 MAC)
Friday, March 29 // 12 p.m.
Rockford, Ill. // Boylan Tennis Center
Western Michigan Broncos at Chicago State Cougars (1-15, 0-1 MAC)
Friday, March 29 // 7:30 p.m.
Homewood, Ill. // Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet Club
This will be the 42nd meeting between the Broncos and the Huskies, with Western Michigan holding a 30-11 advantage in the all-time series between the two teams. The teams split the season series last year, with Northern Illinois beating the Broncos 5-2 at West Hills Athletic Club on March 25, 2012, and the Broncos beating the Huskies 4-3 at Toledo in the 2012 MAC Tournament semifinals. Nadin Indre got singles wins at the No. 1 position in both matches, beating the Huskies' Roman Turtygin at home and Dor Amir in the tournament.
This will be the ninth meeting between the Broncos and the Cougars, with Western Michigan holding the perfect 8-0 advantage in the all-time series. The Broncos swept last season's series against Chicago State, beating them 7-0 at Sorensen Courts on March 20 and again in the first round of the 2013 MAC Tournament, winning 4-0.
WONG NETS FIRST POW HONOR
It was announced this afternoon that Aaron Wong of the Western Michigan men's tennis team was named the Mid-American Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week for March 27, marking the first time in his career he's won the Player of the Week award.
Western Michigan senior Aaron Wong went 8-0 over four matches for the Broncos last weekend, who went a perfect 4-0 in competition against Kalamazoo College (7-0), Ferris State (7-0), Butler (5-2), and Grand Valley State (6-1). Included in Wong's week was his first career victory at the No. 1 singles position.
MAC FAVORITES RETURN TO ACTION
Friday's matches mark the beginning of Mid-American Conference play for the Broncos, who were picked earlier in the season as the favorites for the 2013 MAC regular season and tournament championships.
Western Michigan earned just three more points than the second placeholder in the poll, the Ball State Cardinals; the Broncos finished with 28 points, and the Cardinals earned 25 points. Buffalo finished not far behind that pair with 21 points.
2013 MAC Men's Tennis Preseason Poll
1. Western Michigan (28)
2. Ball State (25)
3. Buffalo (21)
4. Toledo (15)
5. Northern Illinois (11)
6. Chicago State (5)