KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Cleveland State men's tennis team opened play at the WMU/Vredevelt Invitational Friday, led by junior Andre Mick who earned a spot in the Singles Flight F championship match.
"Overall I thought we competed well today, we had a few rough moments and left some matches on the court, but hopefully we can turn the page tomorrow and make some adjustments from day one," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "Mirko and Ben played some good doubles for us today picking up a win in their bracket, while Andre picked up a few singles wins to make it to his flight's championship match. I enjoyed watching Andre play some good tennis today, and I am excited to see what he will do tomorrow."
Mick went 2-0 in singles play today, picking up a 6-3, 6-4 opening round win over Jimmy Beckwith from Western Michigan and a 7-5, 6-1 semifinal victory over Green Bay's Matej Kostadinov. With his two wins today, Mick improves to 4-1 in singles play on the season, and will now face Illinois State's Rolando Torrellas in the championship match tomorrow.
Benjamin Slade went 1-1 in Flight D Singles action Friday, falling in his opening round match before picking up a 7-6 (11), 6-3 victory against Western Michigan's Jimmy Beckwith in the consolation semifinals. Slade will now face Western Michigan's Andrew Cahn in the consolation final match tomorrow.
Mirko Radosevic and William Malm each picked up opening round wins in the Singles Flight G bracket – Radosevic as a 6-2, 4-6, 10-1 decision over Xavier's Brian Carmen and Malm as a 6-3, 6-3 decision over Western Michigan's Stephen Payne. The two then dropped their second round matches, falling into the consolation brackets.
In doubles action, Radosevic and Slade picked up Cleveland State's lone win on the opening day, earning a 6-2 victory over an Illinois State tandem in Doubles Flight D play.
The Vikings will wrap up play at the WMU/Vredevelt Invitational tomorrow (Saturday, September 26), with two rounds of doubles and one round of singles slated to begin at 9:00 a.m.
WMU/Vredevelt Invitational Day 1 Results
Schorsch/Emhardt (Valpo) def. Malm/VanMeter (CSU), 6-4
Shisler/Rakic (MSU) def. Goth/Mick (CSU), 6-4
Slade/Radosevic (CSU) def. Torrellas/Samuels (ISU), 6-2
Jeffrey Schorsch (Valpo) def. Joe VanMeter (CSU), 6-4, 6-1
Maik Steiner (WMU) def. Joe VanMeter (CSU), 6-4, 6-4
Dylan Steffens (ISU) def. Benjamin Slade (CSU), 6-4, 6-2
Benjamin Slade (CSU) def. Jimmy Beckwith (WMU), 7-6 (11), 6-3
Eric Olivarez (WMU) def. Kevin Goth (CSU), 6-0, 6-3
Garret Gardner (Valpo) def. Kevin Goth (CSU), wd
Andre Mick (CSU) def. Jimmy Beckwith (WMU), 6-3, 6-4
Andre Mick (CSU) def. Matej Kostadinov (GB), 7-5, 6-1
Mirko Radosevic (CSU) def. Brian Carman (XU), 6-2, 4-6, 10-1
Rowan Isaaks (GB) def. Mirko Radosevic (CSU), 6-2, 6-2
William Malm (CSU) def. Stephen Payne (WMU), 6-3, 6-3
Jan Leithner (GB) def. William Malm (CSU), 6-1, 6-1