ISU Men's Tennis Garners Second-Place Finishes at MVC Individual Championships
Jan. 25, 2009
DES MOINES, Iowa - Both Illinois State's men's tennis doubles teams of Daniel Tobar and Skip Span and Timon Reichelt and Filip Miljevic ended the 2009 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, with second-place finishes in doubles, behind Drake. Miljevic and Span also took second in Flights 1 and 3 in singles action Sunday at the Drake Tennis Center.
In the final round of singles competition, Miljevic faced Maor Zirkin of Drake in Flight 1 singles, falling to the Bulldog, 6-1, 6-4. Freshman Span was up against Eric West of Southern Illinois. The match ended in West's favor, as he topped Span, 7-6, 6-3, in Flight 3.
Reichelt did not play his third-place match in Flight 2 singles due to weather conditions.
"Filip was up against the best player in the conference, and I think he saw what level he needed to consistently play at," said head coach Cris James. "He was able to be at that level for part of the match. We just have to work on bringing that to the match 100 percent of the time.
"Skip knew the freshman from Southern (Illinois). It was a tough competition, and I have to give credit to the other guy; it came down to some big plays, and Skip wasn't able to execute. One thing we will focus on is taking opportunities and being more aggressive when the points are most important."
In Flight 2 doubles, Tobar and Span led Guilherme Marsiglia and Ricardo Lau (Drake) 4-0,early in the match then, the momentum shifted, and the Redbirds were defeated, 8-5. Miljevic and Reichelt faced the same difficulty in overcoming Drake's other doubles' duo of Zirkin and Evgeny Silitski in Flight 1, as the Redbird pair fell, 8-2.
"We got off to a better start in doubles (Sunday)," said James. "I'm happy to see we corrected that. Filip and Timon were up against a tough team and played well. They had some chances early on in the match to take control, but weren't able to execute and got down on themselves.
"Daniel and Skip's match was disappointing. They were up 4-0 and fell apart towards the end. There wasn't much confidence. All weekend, we`ve been talking about being mentally tough, and we were doing a good job until (Sunday). I know they are capable of being a tough team; we just have to work on it."
The Illinois State men's tennis team is set to begin dual play against Eastern Illinois, Thursday, Jan. 29, at noon at the Evergreen Racquet Club in Normal, Ill.