Redbirds Fall to Nebraska, 4-3, for First Season Loss
Erik Brunskog
Erik Brunskog

Feb. 1, 2013

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LINCOLN, Neb. - The Illinois State men's tennis team was defeated by Nebraska, 4-3, Friday in Lincoln Neb. Today's match was the first season loss for the Redbirds, bringing them to an overall 2-1 record.

Alexander Pelaez and Muddappa Appanervanda took down Andre Stenger and Sebastian Florczyk, 8-7, in doubles play. Erik Brunskog and Rolondo Torrellas fell to Dusty Boyer and Bradford Zitsch, 8-4, while Jakub Eisner and Michael Sellitto defeated Marc Herrmann and Brandon Videtich, 8-3.

"I was happy with the double performance and I think we made some of the improvements we've been working on," said head coach Cris James. "We still have some room to grow but I think we played more aggressive and with more energy today and were better overall."

In singles action, Pelaez defeated Marc Herrmann, 7-6, 6-3, in the No. 1 spot and Brunskog took down Dusty Boyer, 5-7, 6-4, 0-1, in the No. 2 position. Eisner fought hard in the No. 3 spot but was defeated by Andre Stenger, 7-6, 6-3. Jacob Wilson also fell to Eric Sock in the No. 4 spot, 6-3, 6-3, and Torrellas lost to Tom Blackwell, 6-2, 6-4, in the No. 5 spot. Rodrigo Oliveira was defeated by Sebastian Florczyk, 6-2, 6-1, in his first performance as a Redbird.

"As tough as we were last weekend at fighting and dealing with adversity, we didn't do as good of a job with it in a couple spots today which really hurt us," said James. "Some of it is attributed to inexperience and things that they still need to learn and grow into. I hoped to see our freshmen play a little tougher today but they have been good at that in previous matches."

Despite a tough first loss for the `Birds, James is proud of the team's overall performance thus far.

"If you would have told me before the season started that we'd be two and one right now, I would take it," said James. "We played four freshmen today, three of which just got here two weeks ago. I think we're in a good place and just need to do a couple things better tomorrow."

ISU will remain in Lincoln, Neb. Saturday, Feb. 2 to face Oklahoma State at 10 a.m.

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