March 20, 2013
Contact: Renee Adam
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cleveland State men's tennis team will begin Horizon League play this weekend, hosting Detroit at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 24. Sunday will mark the 13th season of Horizon League action for the Vikings, as they begin their quest for their fifth championship over the last seven years.
Against Detroit: The Vikings own a perfect 5-0 record against the Titans under head coach Brian Etzkin, the only league school that CSU owns an undefeated record against. Detroit is 4-8 so far this spring, and will open its league schedule at Youngstown State on Saturday, March 23.
The Vikings have tallied a 34-5 mark in league play over the last six seasons, including a perfect 7-0 record three times (2011, 2010, 2009). Under Etzkin CSU is 42-23 overall in Horizon League matches, and has won seven straight league openers heading into Sunday's contest.
Cleveland State will be trying to rebound from a 0-3 week in Florida last time out, as the Vikings dropped tough contests against North Florida, Central Florida and Stetson. Matt Ford and Matt Kuelker each picked up a singles win during the roadswing - Ford now standing at 11-8 overall this year and Kuelker standing at 11-11.
Kuelker's victory against UCF gave him 49 for his career, and is now just one win shy of becoming the seventh Viking in program history to reach the 50-win milestone. Kuelker, who ranks seventh all-time on the CSU singles wins list, is joined by Ford in the top-10, as he is tied for eighth with 47 career victories.