Broncos Fall on the Road at Ball State
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team fell in a tight battle on the road to a Mid-American Conference rival on Saturday, losing 4-3 to the Ball State Cardinals 4-3 at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 16-9 overall, 2-2 in MAC play.
The Broncos and Cardinals split the singles session at three wins apiece, but it was the doubles point that clinched it for Ball State. Nadin Indre improved to 4-0 in conference play and 18-4 in dual match singles with a win at No. 1 singles, beating the Cardinals' Ray Leonard 6-3, 6-3. The reigning MAC Player of the Year, Indre is now 14-4 in No. 1 singles matches this year.
The other Bronco victories would be of the three-set variety, with Ross VanderPloeg and Ruben Greiner picking up victories in the Nos. 2 and 3 singles matches, respectively. VanderPloeg survived a second-set loss to Dalton Albertin in the No. 2 singles match, posting a convincing third-set victory in winning 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. In the No. 3 singles match, Ruben Greiner came back from a tiebreaker loss in the first set to cruise in the final two, beating Imanol Arconada 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-1 to wrap the scoring for the Broncos.
Indre and Greiner were close to picking up a doubles win for the Broncos during the opening session, keeping tight with Leonard and Patrick Elliott in the No. 1 doubles match. The teams were tied a 7-7 when the doubles point was clinched by the Cardinals, and the rest of the match was abandoned.
Ball State 4, Western Michigan 3
Apr 13, 2013 at Muncie, Ind. (Muncie YMCA Tennis Center)
|1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Ray Leonard (BSU) 6-3, 6-3|
|2. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Dalton Albertin (BSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3|
|3. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Imanol Arconada (BSU) 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-1|
|4. Patrick Elliott (BSU) def. Aaron Wong (WMU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4|
|5. Alexandre Brym (BSU) def. Pablo Mora (WMU) 6-4, 6-2|
|6. Austin Smith (BSU) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-3, 6-3|
|1. Ray Leonard/Patrick Elliott (BSU) vs. Nadin Indre/Ruben Greiner (WMU) 7-7, unfinished|
|2. Imanol Arconada/Alexandre Brym (BSU) def. Ross VanderPloeg/Stephen Payne (WMU) 8-1|
|3. Dalton Albertin/Austin Sansone (BSU) def. Aaron Wong/Jim Beckwith (WMU) 8-6|
|Western Michigan 16-9, 2-2 MAC|
|Ball State 14-7, 3-0 MAC|