Redbirds Fall to Oklahoma State, 6-1
Jacob Wilson
Jacob Wilson

Feb. 2, 2013

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LINCOLN, Neb. - The Illinois State men's tennis team fell to Oklahoma State, 6-1, Saturday in Lincoln, Neb. Today's loss brings the Redbirds to an overall season record of 2-2.

In doubles action Muddappa Appanervanda and Alexander Pelaez were defeated by Rifat Biktyakov and Matt Campbell, 8-1. Erik Brunskog and Rolondo Torrellas faced Richard Del Nunzio and Denys Pume in an unfinished match. Jakub Eisner and Michael Sellitto fell to Oleksiy Arovin and Brady Bohrnstedt, 8-6.

"Doubles was close but we didn't play our best," said James. "No. 3 doubles was neck in neck the whole way but we just couldn't get it done in the end."

The Redbirds could not quite make a comeback in singles play. Pelaez lost in a close tiebreaker to Rifat Biktyakov, 6-2, 6-7, 12-10, in the No. 1 spot. Brunskog was defeated by Christopher Haworth, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 2 spot while Eisner fell to Denys Pume, 6-7, 6-1, 10-4, in the No. 3 position. In the No. 4 spot, Jacob Wilson was defeated by Richard Del Nunzio, 6-0, 6-1. Torrellas pulled out the only ISU singles win by taking down Matt Campbell, 6-4, 1-6, 11-9. In the No. 6 spot, Sellitto fell to Brady Bohrnstedt, 6-2, 6-1.

"Our freshmen Rollondo and Jakub came back from a rather frustrating game yesterday and played well today," said James. "There are still a few individual things we need to work on. Our younger guys need to learn a few things about competing and sustaining our level through the entire match."

ISU continues competition Feb. 9 against Cleveland State in Kalamazoo, Mich. The match it set to begin at 11 a.m. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.