Redbirds Drop MVC regular-season finale to Southern Illinois, 4-3
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April 19, 2014
CARBONDALE, ILL. - The Illinois State men's tennis team (7-12, MVC 1-3) lost a battle to Southern Illinois (10-10, MVC 2-2), 4-3, Saturday to conclude the MVC regular-season schedule.
ISU lost the early doubles-point and could not regain the momentum. Rodrigo Oliveira, Erik Brunskog, Rolando Torrellas, Urh Kranjc Domiter and Muddappa Appanervanda all took home victories for the Redbirds.
"Today was not our best tennis and it showed in the result," head coach Mark Klysner said. "We are having trouble staying healthy and it's frustrating. But we have a week to heal and get our game back before we host the conference tournament."
1. Jorge Cavero (SIU) def. Erik Brunskog (ILS) 6-3, 6-1
2. Jonny Rigby (SIU) def. Jacob Wilson (ILS) 6-3, 6-1
3. Michal Kianicka (SIU) def. Jakub Eisner (ILS) 6-2, 6-3
4. Urh Kranjnc Domiter (ILS) def. Szymon Opieczonek (SIU) 6-2, 7-6
5. Rolando Torrellas (ILS) def. Rafael Cuadrillero (SIU) 7-2, 7-6
6. Rodrigo Oliveira (ILS) def. Jeremy Dixon (SIU) 6-1, 7-5
2. Jorge Cavero / Szymon Opieczonek (SIU) def. Muddappa Appanervanda / Urh Kranjnc Domiter (ILS) 8-5
ISU is hosting this year's MVC championships April 25-27 at the Gregory Street Tennis courts in Normal, Ill. The Redbirds will return home Friday, April 25, to take on Bradley. The winner takes on No. 38 Drake in the semi-finals on April 26. In the other semi-finals matchup, Wichita State and Southern Illinois will battle on April 26.
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