CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland State men's tennis team will begin Horizon League play this weekend, traveling to Green Bay for its lone match of the week on Sunday, March 24.
Sunday, March 24 | @ Green Bay | 4:30 p.m. EST
Western Racquet & Fitness Club | 2500 S. Ashland Ave. | Green Bay, Wis. | 54304
Last Time Out…
The Vikings split their matches on their annual Spring Break Trip, picking up a hard fought 4-3 victory at Kennesaw State and dropping a tough 5-2 contest at Mercer. The win against KSU marked the 10th win of the year for the Vikings, as Cleveland State has now posted 10 or more dual wins in 16 straight years.
#HLMTEN Preseason Poll
Earlier this season the Vikings were selected as the preseason favorite to win the Horizon League, picked to defend their title in the #HLMTEN Preseason Poll. The Vikings secured all seven first place votes, along with 49 points to beat out second place Youngstown State by 10 points. This marks the seventh year that the Horizon League has released a preseason tennis poll, with the Vikings now earning a top-two selection in six polls.
…Cleveland State In Horizon League Play
Over the last 16 seasons the Vikings have posted an overall record of 58-34 against Horizon League teams, including perfect regular season marks during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 campaigns. Cleveland State has won five regular season titles under head coach Brian Etzkin, including last year when the Vikings tied for first place with a 6-1 mark during regular season play. Cleveland State's five regular season titles marks the most among current league schools over the last 16 seasons.
…Slade & Phillips In #HLMTEN Play
Last season, Benjamin Slade and Luke Phillips both posted perfect 7-0 singles records in Horizon League regular season play, marking two of just four perfect seasons among league players. Slade enters his senior campaign with a 14-6 overall record in regular season league matches, while Phillips enters his sophomore season undefeated against league opponents.
Teichmann Notches 20th Singles Win
With a 7-6, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles against Kennesaw State last time out, Raul Teichmann recorded his 20th singles win of the season. Teichmann is the second Viking to achieve the feat this year, while he is the 16th Viking all-time to record a 20-win campaign. For the year, Teichmann owns a 20-12 overall record, including a 10-7 mark this spring.
Terry Closing In On Win #50
Entering this weekend's match at Green Bay, sophomore Matthew Terry is just five wins shy of notching his 50th career victory. Last week, Terry picked up back-to-back wins in his home state of Georgia, and currently has 45 career singles victories. This season, Terry stands at 17-10 overall this season and 7-6 this spring.
Slade & Mostardi On CSU Singles Wins List
Entering Horizon League play, Benjamin Slade and Nico Mostardi are both in the top-10 on the CSU Singles Wins List, Slade ranking seventh with 72 wins and Mostardi ranking ninth with 63 victories. Slade needs just one more win to move into a tie for sixth place on the list, while Mostardi would move into eighth place with eight more singles wins.
…Slade On CSU Doubles Wins List
Benjamin Slade also enters the weekend ranked in the top-10 on the CSU Doubles Wins List, currently tied for eighth with 63 career doubles wins. Slade, who became one of 11 Vikings all-time with 60+ doubles wins earlier this year, needs three more wins to move into seventh place on the list.
Head Coach Brian Etzkin
Brian Etzkin is in his 17th year at the helm of the Vikings, owning a 245-177 dual match record. Last year, Etzkin guided the Vikings to their sixth Horizon League Tournament title and sixth trip to the NCAA Tournament, while posting his 13th winning season at Cleveland State.
Scouting The Phoenix
Green Bay enters the weekend with a 4-9 record this spring, and will take on Youngstown State prior to Sunday's match against the Vikings. The Phoenix were selected to finish third in the #HLMTEN Preseason Poll, collecting 35 points.
This will be the 25th meeting between the two teams under head coach Brian Etzkin, with the overall series tied at 12-12. Cleveland State has won the last two matchups, snapping a five-match winstreak from the Phoenix in the overall series.