Third-Seeded Guins Head to Indy for Horizon League Championships

Silviu Mistreanu
Silviu Mistreanu

The Youngstown State men's tennis team opens play in the Horizon League Championships in Indianapolis this Friday as the tournament's third seed. YSU will play sixth-seed Detroit at 10 a.m. on Friday.

The 2013 Horizon League Tennis Championships will be held at the Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center on the campus of North Central High School in Indianapolis. In the event of inclement weather, the championships will be held at the West Indy Racquet Club and Five Seasons.

The Penguins polished off a 12-8 regular-season by winning their last four matches. YSU finished 4-2 in Horizon League play, which includes a 4-3 victory over the Titans on March 23 at the Boardman Tennis Center. The 12 wins in a campaign are the most for the program since 1990-91. YSU has won four HL matches for the second straight year. In fact, YSU's eight wins the past two years dwarf the total of five which came in the first 10 campaigns in the conference.

The winner of the YSU-Detroit match plays second-seed Cleveland State on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The loser goes on to play in the fifth-place match which is at 9 a.m. on Saturday. 

Green Bay is the No. 1 seed following a perfect 6-0 league season and is the conference's defending champion. The Pheonix play the winner of the match between Wright State and UIC in the other semifinal.

All-Time in Horizon League Tournament play, the Guins are 1-17 with it's lone coming against Wright State in 2009. The past two years, the Penguins dropped opening round matches to Butler. Last year, YSU was the third seed against the Bulldogs, but dropped a 4-2 decision.

YSU enters the tournament with a solid lineup from top-to-bottom.

At No. 1, Silviu Mistreanu was 5-1 in Horizon League play while going 11-6 in dual action this spring. He has 14 wins on the campaign. Mistreanu has won three straight and seven of his previous 10 matches entering the contest versus the Titans.

Sebastian Hagn 3-3 in Horizon League play and 10-10 in dual action. Hagn played 17 matches at No. 2 and won nine of them.

Playing No. 3 recently has been senior Felipe Rosa. Rosa had a 7-11 record in dual play seeing time at No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 in the lineup. 

At No. 4, Zeeshan Ismail is 4-1 in Horizon League action while posting a 10-9 record in in dual play. Ismail enters the league meet on a three-match winning streak.

Rodrigo Campos has been a key contributor at No. 5. In Horizon League play he was 3-1 at No. 5 singles. Campos has won five of his last six matches entering the tournament.

Max Schmerin has stepped in at the No. 6 spot. He is 5-0 in that position this year with four wins coming in Horizon League play. Since March 23 he is 6-1 in the lineup.

Doubles points will be key for the Penguins throughout the tournament. In Horizon League doubles play, the Guins were 7-10 in completed matches.

At No. 1, Hagn and Dawoud Kabli own a 12-5 mark this spring. At No. 3, Mistreanu and Rosa are 11-7. Those duos own six of the Penguins seven conference doubles wins. At No. 2, Campos has been a mainstay playing with Ismail or Schmerin. Campos is 5-8 playing with Ismail and 1-3 with Schmerin. Their conference doubles win came against Valparaiso.

The winner of the Horizon League Championships moves on to the NCAA First and Second Rounds which are contested at 16 campus sites from May 10-12.