WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Cleveland State men's tennis team is still alive in two brackets at the Purdue Invitational after two days of play, as the doubles team of Matt Ford and Jorg van der Vloet advanced to the semifinals of the B Doubles Bracket and van der Vloet is also in the semifinals of the C Consolation Singles Bracket.
"After today I am very excited about Jorg's play, he is still alive in the singles backdraw and in the doubles bracket with Matt Ford," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We lost a couple of tiebreakers today that I am sure are still in their minds, and hopefully will encourage them to continue the high level of play tomorrow. We have been playing hard all weekend and we are getting better with every match, which bodes well for the rest of the fall season."
After picking up two wins today, the doubles team of Matt Ford and Jorg van der Vloet will be playing in the semifinals of the B Doubles Bracket tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. against a Green Bay tandem. Ford and van der Vloet have gone 3-0 in doubles play this weekend, including an 8-1 victory over DePaul and an 8-4 win against Western Michigan today.
van der Vloet has also been successful in the singles draw, advancing to the semifinals of the C Consolation Bracket where he will face Felipe Frias of Louisville at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. Today, van der Vloet picked up a 6-4, 6-2 win against Michael Treis of Western Michigan and a 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (9) victory over Toledo's Roberto Meza.
Ford, who was playing in the C Singles bracket, went 1-1 on the day, picking up a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 win against Joey Leto of Green Bay before falling to Matt Hamilton of Western Michigan. Joe VanMeter also went 1-1 in singles play Saturday, posting a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Jimmy Beckwith of WMU and falling to Butler's Alex Woldmoe in the D Singles bracket.
The Vikings will also have a few players in the 'Last Hope Draw' tomorrow, with Matt Kuelker and Ali Shabib starting at 8:30 a.m., and Manuel Bellutti, Joe VanMeter and Nolan Marks starting at approximately 9:45 a.m. Complete matchups for the 'Last Hope Draw' are below:
The Vikings will wrap up play at the Purdue Invitational tomorrow (Sunday, Sept. 22), and for up-to-the-minute results, fans are encouraged to follow Purdue Men's Tennis on Twitter (@PurdueMT).
Chris Simich (UL) def. Matt Kuelker (CSU), 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8)
Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Ali Shabib (CSU), 6-4, 6-1
B Singles Consolation
Michael Lyzwa (WSU) def. Manuel Bellutti (CSU), 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10)
Matt Ford (CSU) def. Joey Leto (GB), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Matt Hamilton (WMU) def. Matt Ford (CSU), 6-3, 6-1
C Singles Consolation
Jorg van der Vloet (CSU) def. Michael Treis (WMU), 6-4, 6-2
Jorg van der Vloet (CSU) def. Roberto Meza (UT), 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (9)
Joe VanMeter (CSU) def. Jimmy Beckwith (WMU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Alex Woldmoe (BU) def. Joe VanMeter (CSU), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7)
D Singles Consolation
Arthur Dobradin (PUR) def. Nolan Marks (CSU), 6-1, 6-4
Tatarczyk/Kovacs (PUR) def. Shabib/Bellutti (CSU), 8-5
A Doubles Consolation
Feltzer/John (DEP) def. Kuelker/VanMeter (CSU), 8-2
Feltzer/John (DEP) def. Shabib/Bellutti (CSU), 8-6
Ford/van der Vloet (CSU) def. Reinhart/Corwin (DEP), 8-1
Ford/van der Vloet (CSU) def. Beckwith/Hamilton (WMU), 8-4