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Western Michigan Men's Tennis Clinches Third Straight Undefeated MAC Championship
Sunday, 04/19/2009
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KALAMAZOO -- With its 22nd consecutive victory against a Mid-American Conference opponent, the Western Michigan men's tennis team defeated Toledo, 6-1, at West Hills Athletic Club on Sunday to clinch a third-straight undefeated MAC championship, the 21st overall championship in school history.

The Broncos (16-8, 5-0 MAC) will open MAC Tournament play on Friday as the No. 1 seed at the event hosted by Buffalo.

The Broncos grounded the Rockets (17-10, 3-2 MAC) quickly in the doubles point. Kevin Hayward and Zeyad Montasser won 8-5 at No. 2 as the first match off, then Casey Cullen and Pablo Olivarez won 8-4 at No. 3 and Michael Calderone and Kazuya Komada won 8-4 at No. 1.

WMU kept up the pressure by winning four of the six first sets in singles to put itself in control. Calderone got a late service break in the first set and two service breaks in the second to dispatch of Sven Burus 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 and improve to 17-6 in dual match singles and 29-11 overall.

On his Senior Day, Hayward finished off Jared Miller 6-1, 6-3 to finish undefeated in the MAC at No. 1 singles and his seventh consecutive victory. The win was the 103rd singles victory of his career, moving him into a fourth place tie with Brady Crosby. Hayward finishes the regular season with 189 overall victories in his career, fifth all-time.

Montasser clinched the match at No. 5 by coming back from an early second-set deficit to defeat Gursher Harika 6-2, 6-4 for his fifth singles victory in a row.

Komada won his sixth singles match in a row by knocking off Knot Likitkumchorn 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. Olivarez rounded out the scoring by coming back from losing the first set to defeat Jayson Miller 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (2) at No. 6 singles.


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