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Broncos claim MAC men's tennis championship

April 17, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's men's tennis team claimed the 2004 Mid-American Conference Championship with a 4-3 victory over Ball State today at WMU's Sorensen Courts.

With the win, the Broncos improved to 17-6 overall and 5-0 in MAC competition. WMU is ranked 61st in the nation.

The title is the first for the Broncos since 2000. In men's tennis, the first-place regular-season finisher is the conference champion, and the league tournament winner claims the MAC's automatic bid to the NCAA championships. WMU enters the MAC tourney as the top seed. Ball State is second and is the host school for the April. 22-25 event.

"It was a fantastic win for us. Ball State is a tough team," said coach David Morin. "We had to battle back after losing the doubles point. I though our seniors stepped up big in singles."

The Broncos dropped the doubles point, falling at No. 3 in a tiebreaker. WMU was up to the challenge in singles, claiming four of the six matchups. The contest came down to the No. 3 spot, where WMU's Jose Orozco posted a 7-5, 7-6 (5) win to seal the victory.

WMU also received straight-set singles wins from seniors Ravi Pathanjali and Justin Kates and freshman Brady Crosby.

Ball State was the defending league champion.

WMU 4 Ball State 3

1. Ravi Pathanjali (WMU) def. Matthew Baccarani (BSU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Matt Laramore (BSU) def. Tommy Dennis (WMU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Jesse Orozco (WMU) def. Patrick Thompson (BSU) 7-5, 7-6 (5)
4. Brady Crosby (WMU) def. Michael Heule (BSU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Justin Kates (WMU) def. Paul Newman (BSU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Klint Knable (BSU) def. Diego Campello (WMU) 6-2, 7-5

1. Baccarani/Thompson (BU) def. Pathanjali/Jeff French (WMU) 8-3
2. Dennis/Crosby (WMU) def. Laramore/Brad Rhodes (BSU) 8-5
3. Knable/Newman (BSU) def. Orozco/Dan Grupp (WMU) 9-8

Media contact: Scott Kuykendall, 269 387-4138, scott.kuykendall@wmich.edu

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