Sept. 14, 2007
Ball State Invitational Day One Results in PDF Format
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Muncie, Ind. - It had been nearly five months since the Northern Illinois men's tennis had competed at the 2007 Mid-American Conference Tournament, and the Huskies looked as if they had not missed a beat in their return to the courts in the opening day of the Ball State Invitational on Friday afternoon at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center.
NIU junior Brian Livingston (Skokie, Ill. / Niles North), a 2007 All-MAC First Team selection, received a bye into the field of 16 and defeated Marquette's Niko Boulieris, 7-6, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.
"I thought we played pretty well," NIU head coach Pontius Hiort said. "I was pretty pleased, especially with our doubles play."
In doubles action, Livingston and teammate Adam Ford (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Central) began with a bye straight into the quarterfinals and defeated Cleveland State's Ryan Hamning and Phil Orno, 8-5.
Livingston and Ford are joined by teammates Jimmy Chu (Lima, Peru / San Augustin) and Alex Friesen (Vancouver, BC / Burnaby Central) in the A-Flight semifinals. That duo earned a pair of victories on the afternoon with wins over Eastern Illinois' Vuk Milizevic and Chris Thomas (8-2) and Butler's Chris Herron and Benjamin Raynauld (8-6).
NIU's Diego Zegarra-Ballon
(Lima, Peru / Markham College Prep) is still alive in B-Flight singles, as the senior moves on to the quarterfinals with wins over Eastern Illinois' Felipe Gama (6-4, 10-8) and IPFW's Justin Collins (6-1, 6-1). In C-Flight singles, NIU junior Alfonso Monroy
(Mexico City, Mexico / Colegio Aleman) captured a pair of wins over Butler's Ben Shafer (6-1, 6-1) and IPFW's Tony Mitson (6-2, 6-2) to advance to the quarterfinals.
"To have three guys still in the main draw and represented in all of the flights, and having two out of four doubles teams still alive, puts us in good position to play for the rest of the weekend," Hiort said.
Second day action is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m. (CST) on Saturday morning.