Bronco tennis continued to torment its opponents on Saturday, rolling past Butler 7-0.
Things got started with doubles matches, where WMU jumped out to an advantage right off the bat, sweeping the Bulldogs in all three sets. The Bronco pair of Arjun Honnappa and Joaquin Caballer finished first, winning at No. 2 against Butler’s Ryan Roegner and Michael Karr by a score of 6-1. Next to finish was the junior pair of Fynn Lohse and Jack Randall, who appeared in just his second match this season, but was able to help defeat Drew Michael and Huet Alvaro Vadillo 6-2, and secure the doubles point for Western Michigan. The No.1 duo of Jannik Opitz and Zac Faveri finished off the sweep, earning a 7-5 win over Thomas Brennan and Michael Dickson.
Opitz then made history once again, setting the record for career singles wins at Western Michigan University with No. 116 by defeating BU’s Thomas Brennan 6-0, 7-5, 6-2. Freshman Benjamin George finished first with a quick 6-0, 6-1 win over Roegner and was soon joined at the finish line by Brogan Pierce after his 6-3, 6-2 win over Karr. Lohse beat Butler’s Dickson 6-4, 5-7 at No. 2 and Opitz joined him soon after from court No. 1. Another Bronco freshman, Jackson Boone, then took down Michael 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 and Honnappa finished the day off with a lengthy match and a 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 win over Vadillo to secure yet another series sweep for the Broncos.
Western Michigan improved to a 17-1 record overall on the year. Since losing on February 13th to Notre Dame, the Broncos have buckled down, tearing teams apart since. WMU has now won 10 straight matches, nine of which have been by a score of either 7-0 or 6-1. The Broncos look to stay hot and keep climbing the polls next week against two familiar foes, kicking off a New York road trip in Buffalo Friday at noon and then traveling to Vestal, New York on Sunday to take on another conference opponent in Binghamton at 10 a.m. The Broncos have already beaten both squads this year by a combined score of 13-1.