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Men's Tennis Splits Doubleheader With Win Over Iowa

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 02/22/2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team split a home doubleheader played at West Hills Athletic Club, with the Broncos defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 4-3 in the early match before falling 4-3 to the Valparaiso Crusaders in the nightcap. With the split, the Broncos move to 7-5 on the season.

The day began with the Hawkeyes seizing the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Nadin Indre and Stephen Payne comprised the lone Bronco duo to pick up a singles win, taking down Brian Alden and Michael Swank 8-5 in the No. 1 doubles match to tie the session at one apiece. Iowa clinched the extra point with a win in the No. 2 doubles match.

WMU bounced right back and took the first two singles matches of the day, though, pulling ahead 2-1 on the strength of wins from Indre and Andrew Cahn. Cahn was the first Bronco to get off the court, overcoming a second-set tiebreaker against Matt Hagan in the No. 4 singles match to 6-4, 7-6 (5). Indre won a first-set tiebreaker against his opponent, beating Jonas Dierckx 7-6 (4) in the first set before cruising to a 6-3 win in the second set to take the match.

Iowa won the Nos. 5 and 6 singles matches to take a 3-2 advantage in the match, but Jimmy Beckwith held off a late charge from Brian Alden in the No. 3 singles match to to win 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (8) to tie the overall match at 3-3, putting the pressure on the competitors in the No. 2 singles match. Ruben Greiner bounced back from a first set loss to beat Juan Estenssoro 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-4 to clinch the victory, giving the Broncos a 4-3 win over the Hawkeyes.

The Broncos failed to take the doubles point in the match against the Crusaders as well, with the team of Cahn and Marc Shideler notching the only win of hte session for the Broncos; they downed Kyle Dunn and Charlie Emhardty 8-6 in the No. 3 doubles match. Beckwith picked up his second singles win of the day with a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Michael Savaglio in the No. 3 singles match, tying the overall match at 1-all, but Valpo picked up three straight singles wins to clinch the victory. Hamilton bounced back from a singles loss earlier in the day with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Dunn in the No. 5 match, and Cahn closed out the night with a three-set win over Eric Honert, winning a third set tiebreaker. 

Western Michigan 4, Iowa 3

Singles competition
1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Jonas Dierckx (IOWA) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
2. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Juan Estenssoro (IOWA) 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-4
3. Jim Beckwith (WMU) def. Brian Alden (IOWA) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8)
4. Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Matt Hagan (IOWA) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Dominic Patrick (IOWA) def. Michael Treis (WMU) 6-1, 4-6, 4-5, retired
6. Michael Swank (IOWA) def. Matt Hamilton (WMU) 1-6, 7-6 (10-8), 7-5

Doubles competition
1. Nadin Indre/Stephen Payne (WMU) def. Brian Alden/Michael Swank (IOWA) 8-5
2. Jonas Dierckx/Juan Estenssoro (IOWA) def. Andrew Cahn/Michael Treis (WMU) 8-4
3. Matt Hagan/Joey White (IOWA) def. Ruben Greiner/Jim Beckwith (WMU) 8-2

Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,5,6,3,2)

Valparaiso 4, Western Michigan 3

Singles competition
1. Jeffrey Schorsch (VALPO) def. Nadin Indre (WMU) 6-2, 6-4
2. Dave Bacalla (VALPO) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU) 6-1, 7-6
3. Jimmy Beckwith (WMU) def. Michael Savaglio (VALPO) 6-3, 6-2
4. Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Eric Honert (VALPO) 2-6, 7-5, 7-6
5. Matt Hamilton (WMU) def. Kyle Dunn (VALPO) 6-4, 6-2
6. Charlie Emhardt (VALPO) def. Pablo Mora (WMU) 7-6, 7-6