Broncos men’s tennis continued to roll on Friday afternoon, taking down Northern Illinois to improve to 5-0 in-conference, and an outstanding 16-1 overall.
NIU won the day’s first match when Victor Spolidorio and Mikko Malinen took down WMU’s Fynn Lohse and Arjun Honnappa to get doubles play started, but the Broncos would not trail for too long. Seniors Jannik Opitz and Zac Faveri won the next match 6-4 to knot things up at 1-1, and set up a dramatic finish as Peter Kuszynski and Joaquin Caballer won 8-6 over Oliver Valentinsson and Kristopher Ortega to take the doubles point for WMU, 2-1.
In singles, the biggest story was Opitz and his 7-5, 6-2 win over Bor Schweiger Muzar which not only clinched the match for WMU, but tied Opitz for the career lead in singles wins at WMU with win No. 115 for the Broncos. NIU’s Mikael Volbach defeated WMU Freshman Brogan Pierce 6-1, 6-3, but the lead was quickly back in the Western Michigan’s favor, when Kuszynski defeated Malinen 6-1, 6-2, and another WMU Freshman, Jackson Boone, beat Valentinsson 6-1, 6-4. Lohse extended the Bronco lead to 5-1 with a 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6) win over Ortega and the day was concluded with Honnappa’s 7-6 (10-3), 4-6, 1-0 (10-7) win over Spolidorio.
Western Michigan cracked the Intercollegiate Tennis Association top 50 for the first time this year, checking in at No. 50 this week, and after beating No. 44 Northern Illinois on the road, the Broncos will likely be on the rise next week. WMU is now the only team left undefeated in MAC play, and still red hot at 16-1. The Broncos will look to keep it up Saturday afternoon hosting the Butler Bulldogs at 3:30 p.m.