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Men's Tennis Preps for Four-Match Swing in Texas

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 02/25/2014
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Western Michigan Broncos at #73 Incarnate Word Cardinals
Wednesday, February 26 // 12 p.m. ET
San Antonio, Texas // Mabry Tennis Center
First Meeting

Western Michigan Broncos at the 48th Annual HEB Tournament of Champions
Friday, Feb. 28 - Saturday, March 1
Thomas J. Henry Facilty // HEB Tennis Center
First Round Match-Up: Southern Methodist (First Meeting)

The Western Michigan men's tennis team will take a four-match swing through the Lone Star State this week, starting with a mid-week match against the Incarnate Word Cardinals and moving on to the longest running tennis tournament in the country, the 48th Annual HEB Tournament of Champions. The tournament is scheduled to include two matches on Friday and one on Saturday.

The HEB Tournament of Champions utilizes a different match format for two of the three matches on the weekend, with the second and third matches featuring the singles point first and the doubles session only if the match is tied at 3-3 at the conclusion of singles. The first match of the weekend, played on Friday morning, will proceed as normal with the doubles session first and the singles session second. All three matches at the tournament will be concluded as soon as one team clinches four points.

The Western Michigan men's tennis program will again have the opportunity to make reach a milestone this weekend, as they enter this four-match stretch with 998 victories in program history. Two wins this week will give them 1,000 wins in the history of Bronco tennis.

Sophomore Jimmy Beckwith has recently made a move into the No. 3 singles spot in the line-up, and he has justified the decision with a pair of strong performances in the Broncos' doubleheader split against Iowa and Valparaiso last weekend. Beckwith went 2-0 last Saturday with wins over Iowa's Brian Alden and the Crusaders' Michael Savaglio to improve to 8-3 on the season in dual match singles. The victory over Alden was particularly important, as the Broncos needed every point they could muster in the 4-3 win over the Hawkeyes.

Speaking of the match against the Hawkeyes, sophomore Ruben Greiner clinched the overall match victory with a strong performance in the No. 2 singles match against Juan Estenssoro. Greiner came back from a first set loss to down Estenssoro 6-0, 6-4 in the final two sets to win the match and cap the victory for the Broncos.

With the win over Iowa, Western Michigan has now beaten a Big Ten team in each of the last 11 seasons.