ISU Men's Tennis Claims the Win Over The Citadel
March 14, 2007
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Sophomore, Daniel Tobar contributed two wins today to help the Illinois State men's tennis team get back to its winning ways as the Redbirds defeated The Citadel, 5-2 in Charleston, S.C. Wednesday, March 14 at the Earle Tennis Center.
Head coach Greg Kennett was proud of his team's performance.
"We played smarter throughout the whole match and didn't make as many errors," said Kennett. "We have been talking about pushing harder to close our opponents out early in the match in order to keep our lead."
The Redbirds started the day strong, by gaining the doubles point. Luka Marinkovic and Tobar were the first to finish at No. 2 defeating Derek Jose and Frederic Petrilli, 8-1. Oscar Beich and Michael Hobson teamed for a first time this season and gained their first victory, posting a 9-7 win over Alberto Diaz and Martin King at No. 3. Alfredo Lagarda and Yohann Nograbat were dropped by No. 52. Daniel Dossetor and James Eason in a close 8-7 (7-3) match at No. 1.
"Michael and Oscar got a chance to play three doubles and they really did a nice job," said Kennett. Daniel and Luka also really shined today at two doubles."
With the doubles point secured, the Redbirds entered into singles and quickly took the lead. Xavier Riart-Ferrer defeated Frederic Petrilli, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5. Beich followed closely and downed Martin King 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4. Marinkovic secured the win for the `Birds posting a, 6-3, 6-3 win over Alberto Diaz at No. 3.
The Bulldogs gained their first point at No. 1 when, nationally ranked No. 118, Dossetor defeated Nograbat 7-5, 6-3. ISU's Tobar gained his fourth win of the week defeating Derek Jose 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6. Finishing out the afternoon, the Bulldogs gained their second point when Eason bested ISU's Lagarda at No. 2, 6-0, 7-6 (7-4).
Kennett was pleased with his team's performance, but feels that in order to do well in conference the squad needs to perform better at top and get back to their winning ways.
"Xavier played much better he needed a good win and he got one today," said Kennett. "Daniel is 4-0 this week, his confidence is rising and he just keeps getting better. He looks good and is really doing a nice job.
"Overall it is good to get outdoors and deal with the elements," added Kennett. "It was good to beat a strong team and gain a team win after loosing a couple in a row. We need a good week of practice and then we will head into conference."
The Citadel, a Division I university and military academy, falls to 2-8, 0-1 in the Southern Conference. The Redbirds, improve to 7-6. The squad's next appearance will begin the conference season as they head to Omaha, Neb. and face Creighton March 31 at 10 a.m.