Men's Tennis Falls to New Mexico State, 7-0
April 12, 2008
Wichita, Kan. - Senior Luka Marinkovic and junior Daniel Tobar teamed up to capture the No. 1 doubles match for the Illinois State men's tennis team, but it was not enough as the `Birds fell, 7-0, to New Mexico State Saturday, April 12, at the Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kan. With the loss, the Redbirds dropped to 9-7 on the season while the Aggies improved to 11-6.
Despite the loss, head coach Cris James was happy with his team's effort on the day.
"I was proud of the way the players fought today, they worked very hard and just were not able to get the results we wanted," said James. "We were in a tough spot mentally. Filip Miljevic was able to play his singles match while the two doubles matches were going on. Filip and the two doubles matches ended at about the same time and we were in a 3-0 hole before the rest of the players even stepped on the court for singles. The four remaining players in singles matches all had to win for us to take the match. I can't complain with the way we played. If we can play this way in the future we will find success. "
In doubles, Marinkovic and Tobar notched the first doubles victory for the Redbirds since hosting Bradley on March 30. The duo defeated Roman Stoisavljevic and Eduardo Salas, 8-6. The Redbirds did not earn the doubles point as junior Nuno Jacinto and sophomore Michael Hobson were bested by Gustave Diep and Jim Brouleau, 8-2. The Redbirds were forced to forfeit the No. 3 spot due to an injury limited roster. As a result the Aggies took the doubles point.
In singles, Illinois State was unable to claim a victory. Tobar nearly forced a third set with Brouleau at the No. 3 position before falling, 6-3, 7-6. Marinkovic and Jacinto also played close sets before being defeated. Marinkovic lost his No. 1 spot match to Diep, 6-4, 6-3, while Jacinto was bested by Stoisavljevic at the No. 2 position, 6-3, 6-4.
The Redbirds return to action when they take on conference-foe Wichita State in Wichita, Kan., at 9:00 a.m. The match was scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. start, but was moved to accommodate moving to an indoor facility.