No. 2 Seeded Toledo Looks To Cap Off Season With MAC Championship
TOLEDO, OH – The Toledo men’s tennis team will look to put the finishing touches on its season as the Rockets enter the 2014 MAC Tournament as the No. 2 seed this weekend in Muncie, IN. Day one will begin on Friday, April 25 when the Rockets take on host No. 3 Ball State at 2:00 p.m.
The winner of Friday’s match will face the winner of No. 1 Northern Illinois and No. 4 Buffalo on Saturday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. for the conference championship.
“Our only goal is to win the MAC Championship and to be playing in the NCAA Team Championships two weeks from now,” head coach Al Wermer said. “In this event, it’s not about forehands and backhands.”
Toledo (9-17, 2-2 MAC) defeated the Cardinals 4-3 on Sunday, March 30 after trailing 3-0 earlier in the match. The Rockets won four straight singles matches, capped off by junior Mark Singnil’s three-set win.
Singnil was one of three Rockets with at least 10 wins, as he racked up a 16-7 record in dual play and was a four-time MAC Singles Player of the Week. Junior Stjepan Sisko capped off a 15-8 freshman campaign (4-0 MAC) with his first MAC Singles Player of the Week award following a win against Western Michigan on Saturday, April 19 and enters the weekend on a five-match winning streak.
Junior Nicky Wong won 10 singles matches this season, going 10-15 with a 2-0 record in the No. 2 singles spot.
In doubles play, the duo of Sisko and sophomore Garrett Cona won MAC Doubles Team of the Week once and put together a 12-7 overall record with a 7-1 slate in No. 2 doubles.
Ball State features four players with at least 10 wins, led by Lucas Anderson, who had a 15-4 record in dual play and a perfect 4-0 record against MAC competition. Patrick Elliott, Austin Smith and Patrick Downs won 14, 13 and 10 matches, respectively.
The duo of Elliott and Andrew Stutz compiled a 13-3 overall record and were 3-1 in MAC play to lead the team in doubles competition.
The Rockets have won seven MAC Championships, but are looking for their first title since the 1972-73 season. UT failed to make the tournament last season, finishing with a 19-10 overall record and 1-4 ledger in the league.
Friday, April 25
No. 1 Northern Illinois vs. No. 4 Buffalo – 10:00 a.m.
No. 2 Toledo vs. No. 3 Ball State – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 26
Match 1 Winner vs. Match 2 Winner – 1:00 p.m.