ISU Drops Close Match to Ball State, 4-3
Feb. 13, 2010
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Illinois State men's tennis team lost a close match, 4-3, to Ball State Saturday in Muncie, Ind. Junior Timon Reichelt lost the deciding point at No.1 singles in a thrilling, 7-5, third set. Head coach Cris James and the Redbirds are now 4-3 this season and will head to Indianapolis, Ind., Sunday to take on Butler.
"I don't think we had all our players mentally show up [Saturday]," James said. "That definitely cost us a few points and led to a mediocre loss. These are the type of matches we need to use to get better, but it's never good when you come out on the wrong end with a loss."
Reichelt took on Ball State's Eduardo Pavia at No. 1 singles and lost in three sets, 6-1, 1-6, 7-5. Filip Miljevic scored a point for ISU on the No. 2 singles court by defeating Cliff Morrison, 6-4, 6-3. Junior Matej Zlatkovic also earned another point for the Redbirds by beating Alex Brym, 7-6(3), 6-3.
In doubles, Reichelt and Zlatkovic won at the No. 2 court against Andres Monroy Zane Smith, 8-4, for the only doubles win. Reichelt and Zlatkovic have won 10 of their last 11 matches and have proven to be a solid No. 2 team for the Redbirds. At No.3 doubles, teammates Michael Hobson and Micah LeMoine were up early in the set but were unable to clutch the win against Morrison and Derek Carpenter
"We can't hang our heads on this loss," James said. "This needs to make us more determined to come out stronger. We've got to get better and we have to believe in ourselves when it comes down to crunch time. Our expectations are higher than they have been in the past and we need to work to improve."
The Redbirds prepare to take on Butler Sunday in their eighth dual match of the season. Last season, Illinois State defeated the Bulldogs, 5-2, thanks to singles wins from Hobson and current assistant coach Daniel Tobar.
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