ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Cleveland State men's tennis team made its sixth NCAA appearance in program history Saturday afternoon, dropping a hard fought match at No. 15 Michigan, 4-0.
From The Sidelines
"Michigan played a good match today, it's always hard going against a team playing on their home court in the NCAA Tournament, and I thought we came out and gave it all we had from start to finish. We came out with the mentality of playing to win and not just participating, and I thought the guys stayed true to that throughout the match and battled hard until the final point of the match. We got down quick in doubles which didn't help us, but our No. 3 doubles team was holding their own before their match got suspended. In singles, we charged out to a quick start on a lot of the courts, and there was a moment where I thought we were doing a great job of clawing our way back into the match, but Michigan was able to take control of the big moments which kept them out of danger. Overall this was a great season for us, and a tremendous step forward from last year in terms of playing level and team cohesion. Despite the sting of today's loss, everyone is excited to play together again next year, and we will certainly miss our lone senior, Mirko." – Head coach Brian Etzkin
· 2018 Record: 17-11
· Cleveland State's 17 wins marks the highest single-season win total since 2015, and marked the sixth 17-win season under head coach Brian Etzkin.
· The Vikings were making their sixth NCAA appearance and first since 2013.
· This marked the first matchup against Michigan in NCAA play, while it was the second meeting between the two teams this season. All-time, Michigan stands at 4-0 in the series.
· Michigan was the third top-25 opponent for the Vikings this season.
· Mirko Radosevic wrapped up his Cleveland State career, finishing with 54 career singles wins and 60 career doubles wins. Radosevic is one of 13 Vikings all-time with 50+ singles wins and one of 10 Vikings all-time with 60+ doubles wins.
· Junior Benjamin Slade finished the season with 60 career singles victories, and will enter his senior season tied for ninth on the CSU Singles Wins List.
· Nico Mostardi, Matthew Terry and Luke Phillips finished the year ranked in the top-six on the CSU Single-Season Wins List – Mostardi and Terry tied for second with 28 victories and Phillips ranked sixth with 27 wins.
· Brian Etzkin finished the year with a 234-170 career coaching record at the helm of the Vikings.
1. Johnston/Myles (MICH) def. Mostardi/Slade (CSU), 6-2
2. Knight/Brown (MICH) def. Phillips/Malm (CSU), 6-1
3. Crocker/Siimar (MICH) vs. Terry/Radosevic (CSU), 4-3, unf.
1. 17 Alex Knight (MICH) vs. Nico Mostardi (CSU), 6-4, 5-2, unf.
2. Matthew Terry (CSU) vs. Myles Schalet (MICH), 7-6 (3), 0-3, unf.
3. Mattias Siimar (MICH) def. Luke Phillips (CSU), 6-3, 6-0
4. Carter Lin (MICH) def. Benjamin Slade (CSU), 6-1, 6-2
5. Davis Crocker (MICH) def. Gabriel Evtimov (CSU), 6-3, 6-1
6. Harrison Brown (MICH) vs. Mirko Radosevic (CSU), 6-4, 3-3, unf.