Rockets Conclude Regular Season With Home Finale Against Western Michigan
TOLEDO, OH – The University of Toledo men’s tennis team will look to bounce back from its first Mid-American Conference loss, as it concludes its regular season Saturday against Western Michigan. The match is scheduled to begin 1:00 p.m. at the UT Varsity Tennis Courts.
“It’s been a combination of many factors and a lot of unselfish effort that’s turned our season onto this big upswing,” head coach Al Wermer said. “We want to enjoy a great match Saturday and look to build toward an awesome tournament next week.”
The Rockets (9-16, 2-1 MAC) have three players with at least 10 wins on the season, led by four-time MAC Player of the Week Mark Singnil. The junior is 16-6 in dual play this year, with a 14-4 mark in the top singles spot. Freshman Stjepan Sisko has a 14-8 record this season, and is also on a four-match win streak dating back to March 5 against Xavier.
In their last outing, the Rockets fell just short against undefeated Northern Illinois (17-5, 3-0 MAC) by the score of 4-3. The Midnight Blue & Gold lost two matches in doubles as the Huskies claimed the first point of the match.
Sophomore Garrett Cona and Sisko took on the nation's No. 83 doubles team in NIU's Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof, but were defeated 8-3 in the top doubles spot. NIU also won at No. 3 doubles with an 8-5 win over junior Roberto Meza and freshman Boris Pak.
Toledo bounced back in singles, winning three of the six matchups. Sisko won 7-6, 6-3 in No. 2 singles, Meza scored a 6-1, 6-1 victory in No. 4 singles and Cona fought back from an early deficit to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the fifth singles spot.
Western Michigan holds a 12-11 overall record and is 0-3 in conference play. The Broncos are led by Nadin Indre and Matt Hamilton, who have 17 and 16 wins, respectively, in dual play this season. Hamilton will enter Saturday’s match on a seven-match win streak, while all of Indre’s wins have come from the top singles spot. WMU lost its previous outing to Ball State, losing 4-3 on Sunday, April 13.
Saturday’s match is also Senior Day for Ben Brocker. The fourth-year player out of Poland, OH has compiled a 4-6 record this season in singles play and is 2-5 in doubles, with Pak and sophomore Ryan Jorgensen.
The Rockets will enter postseason play Friday with the start of the MAC Championships in Muncie, IN. With a victory over the Broncos, Toledo will clinch at least a No. 2 seed in the tournament.