Men's tennis team advances to NCAAs
May 1, 2006
TOLEDO, Ohio--Western Michigan University's men's tennis team defeated regular season champion Ball State University, 4-2, Saturday in the title match of the Mid-American Conference Men's Tennis Tournament at Toledo. The tournament championship guarantees the No. 57-ranked Broncos their fourth berth of the past eight years in the NCAA Tournament.
The Broncos were 4-1 in MAC regular season play, losing only to Ball State, which was undefeated in league play and won the MAC title. In tennis, the conference champion is determined based on regular season records, and the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament goes to the winner of the MAC Tournament.
Going into the NCAA Tournament, the Broncos are 25-4 overall and set a school record for wins in a single season with their 23rd victory of the year in the regular season finale at the University of Toledo. WMU was ranked as high as No. 37 nationally earlier in the season, the highest ranking ever for a Bronco men's tennis team.
Seniors Jeff French of Munster, Ind., and Jose Orozco of Cali, Colombia, were named to the MAC All-Tournament Team.
WMU previously advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1999, 2001 and 2004, all under current head coach Dave Morin.
UPDATE (May 15, 2006)--In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, May 13, WMU lost to No. 16-ranked University of Florida.
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