KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team came back from deficits in two doubles matches to clinch the doubles point, and Aaron Wong wrapped a perfect weekend in singles play with the clinching victory as the Broncos defeated Iowa 5-2 at West Hills Athletic Club. With the win, the Broncos improve to 7-4 on the season.
"When we set our goals at the beginning of the year, we focus on winning conference championships, reaching the national rankings, and beating Big Ten teams. That's a big measuring stick for us, said WMU head coach Dave Morin. "It took a total team effort in what was a marathon weekend, and I think we saved our best for last."
Wong came back from a one-set deficit to defeat Michael Swank 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 6 singles match, clinching the overall match victory for the Broncos. The win capped a 3-0 weekend for Wong in singles play; he also went 2-1 in doubles play on the weekend, including a wild 9-8 win in the No. 2 doubles match against Iowa.
Wong and Zeyad Montasser staved off elimination against Garret Dunn and Michael Swank, coming back from 7-4 to win the match and tie the doubles session. Nadin Indre and Ross VanderPloeg staged their own dramatic comeback, winning the doubles point for their team with a 9-8 win over Iowa's top pairing of Max Hagan and Jonas Diercx.
"I think that winning that doubles point was big, it gave us positive momentum heading into singles," said Morin. "That really set the tone for us. They had been winning about 75 percent of their doubles matches and 35 percent of their singles matches, so we thought that we still had a chance to take the match whether we won the doubles point or not, but it was big for us."
Indre would put the Broncos in position to win the overall match with a battle in the No. 1 singles match, defeating Matt Hagan 6-2, 7-6 (7) to make the overall match score 3-1. His doubles partner VanderPloeg took the first singles match of the day, winning the No. 5 singles match 6-1, 6-2. After Wong clinched the match win, Pablo Olivarez picked up an impressive singles win, defeating Will Vasos in a marathon three-setter 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4).
Western Michigan 5, Iowa 2
1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Matt Hagan (IOWA) 6-2, 7-6 (9-7)
2. Jonas Diercx (IOWA) def. Simon Blomberg (WMU) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)
3. Pablo Olivarez (WMU) def. Will Vasos (IOWA) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Garret Dunn (IOWA) def. Zeyad Montasser (WMU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
5. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Tomlins (IOWA) 6-1, 6-2
6. Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Michael Swank (IOWA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
1. Nadin Indre/Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Matt Hagan/Jonas Diercx (IOWA) 9-8 (7-1)
2. Zeyad Montasser/Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Garret Dunn/Michael Swank (IOWA) 9-8 (7-4)
3. Will Vasos/Tomlins (IOWA) def. Pablo Olivarez/Simon Blomberg (WMU) 8-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,5,1,6,2,3)