May 12, 2010

Northwood 5
Western New Mexico 1

Coutesy of Rollins College Athletics

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - The No. 23-ranked Northwood (MI) men's tennis team defeated No. 32 Western New Mexico 5-1, Wednesday afternoon in the Round of 16 at the Men's Tennis 2010 National Championships from the Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Despite surrendering one doubles match to Western New Mexico, the Timberwolves took the remaining two doubles matches and each of the three singles sets to secure a spot in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

The Timberwolves took the first point of the match with an 8-5 win by Peter Kazianschuetz and Frederic Schoelzel at the No. 1 slot. The Mustangs answered back with a point of their own at No. 3 doubles where the duo of Francisco Damasio and Yoeri VanSpeybroeck took down Dutois and Biarneix, 8-6 in a topsy-turvy match. But It was the Timberwolves who left doubles play with the advantage as the team of Michael Hass and Marcus Oliveira defeated Rueda and Lynch in a tiebreaker format, 9-8 (7-4).

Northwood rode the emotional win into singles action where the squad used the No. 1 and No. 2 slots to solidify the match. Kazianschuetz provided the fourth point with a straight-set 6-2, 6-2 win. Schoelzel, on the other hand, was forced to three sets before registering the deciding score, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.

With the match secured, the remaining contests went unfinished.

Northwood (MI) advances to the Quarterfinals on Thursday, May 13 to take on Columbus State. The match is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.