`Birds Eager to Rebound After Fall Against DePaul, 5-2
Feb. 25, 2012
CHICAGO - The Illinois State men's tennis team was defeated by DePaul Friday at the Lake Shore Sport and Fitness Center in Chicago, 5-2. The Redbirds lost 2-of-3 matches in doubles play and won 2-of-6 matches in singles action.
Alexander Pelaez and Tuomas Manner started the day strong winning their doubles match in the No.1 position against George Chanturia and Filip Dzanko, 8-5. In the No. 2 spot, Muddappa Appanervanda and Willi Peter came up short against Mathias Hambach and Sven Kasper, 9-8. No. 3 doubles was another close match while Skip Span and Jusso Ojanen lost to Matija Palinic and Adam Reinhart, 9-7.
Although the `Birds were unable to win the doubles point going into singles play, head coach Cris James was proud of their effort.
"This was a tough match," said James. "We played hard but they're a good team. Although we weren't able to get the point in doubles, we played better than we had been playing earlier this season, which was good to see. We fought hard and came up short."
James was impressed with the performances by Span and Manner in No. 2 and No. 3 singles.
Span came out on top in the No. 2 position against George Chanturia, 6-4, 6-3, giving the `Birds their first point in the competition. Manner followed his lead in the No. 3 spot, beating Sven Kasper, 7-6, 6-1.
"A couple guys have to play harder in their singles," said James. "The bottom of our line-up, No. 4, 5, and 6, all lost, which are our young guys, so they have to play a little better next time."
While Pelaez lost to Filip Dzanko, 6-4, 7-5, in the No. 1 position, Ojanen fell in the No. 4 spot to Mathias Hambach, 6-3, 6-4. Also unable to come out on top was Peter, who was defeated by Matija Palinic in the No. 5 position, 6-2, 6-4 and Appanervanda, who lost to Adam Reinhart in the No. 6 spot, 6-3, 7-6.
ISU will have the chance to redeem themselves Saturday, on their home court at Evergreen Racquet Club, against Cleveland State. Play is set to begin at 2:30 p.m.
"We have to find a way to get that doubles point," said James. "We have to be determined and play with the intent to win from start to finish. I'm confident that if we do that, we will see success."
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