Redbirds Prepare to Clash with No. 17 Illinois
Erik Brunskog
Erik Brunskog

March 4, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State men's tennis team will travel to South Bend, Ind. Tuesday, March 5 to take on No. 17 Illinois. The match is set to begin at 10 a.m.

"Illinois is a very good team and is ranked in the top 20 in the country again this year," said head coach Cris James. "However, they are starting a lot of freshmen and sophomores. While they are very talented, sometimes young players can be a bit inconsistent, as we have seen with our own team. Hopefully if they are, we can take advantage of that."

The Redbirds will face Illinois after a 0-2 weekend on the road, falling to William and Mary, 4-3, and Virginia Commonwealth, 6-1.

"Despite the losses this weekend, I still feel good about where we are at as a team," said James. "We simply need to put everything together for a match and we haven't quite done that yet. If we can do it tomorrow, the match should be very competitive."

James has been busy working with the team on consistency and putting together the best doubles teams.

"We are still trying to get more consistency in the team's performance, particularly from the lower part of our lineup," said James. "Pelaez and Brunskog have been great for us at No. 1 and No. 2. The rest of the guys have had their moments, but we need consistency. We are continuing to try to figure out our best doubles combinations. I was encouraged by our doubles against VCU, as we had a chance to win against a team that has done very well in doubles this year so I hope we can build on that."

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