ISU Men's Tennis Picks Up First MVC Win Against Bradley
Alexander Pelaez
Alexander Pelaez

April 11, 2013

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PEORIA, Ill. - The Illinois State men's tennis team clinched its first Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) win of the season, defeating Bradley, 6-1, Thursday in Peoria, Ill. The Redbirds are now 6-11 overall and 1-1 in the MVC.

Head coach Cris James was extremely happy with the team's performance today.

"We talked a lot after our home match on Sunday which was a disappointing loss for us," said James. "They really bought into everything I said after that match and worked on making improvements this week. Today I saw a significantly better performance than the one we gave the other day, so I was very happy with that."

The Redbirds were off to a strong start in doubles action. Alexander Pelaez and Rodrigo Oliveira took down Ashton Kalhorn and Ahmed Albitar, 8-1, in the No. 1 spot. Jakub Eisner and Rolando Torrellas defeated Hamish Weerasinghe and Juan Diego Cuadro, 8-5. And Muddappa Appanervanda and Michael Sellitto beat Arthur Romanet and Justin Abrams, 8-4.

"Alex and Rodrigo played unbelievable today and got us off to a really fast 2-0 lead," said James. "They came out and were ready to go from the first play. They did the same thing in singles, just went out there and killed it, which takes some pressure off of everyone else. Jakub had a pretty good day too. He was really good for us early in the year, then went through some struggles, but seems to be getting back on track."

ISU carried its momentum into singles play, with Pelaez cruising past Albitar, 6-0, 6-0, in the No. 1 spot. In the No. 2 position, Brunskog fell behind in the first set but managed to pull out a win, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0. Jacob Wilson defeated Kalhorn, 7-5, 6-3, in the No. 3 spot. Torrellas was not quite able to get it done and fell to Weerasinghe, 2-6, 6-0, 6-4, in the No. 4 position. Next, Eisner took down Romanet, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-1, and Oliveira defeated Abrams, 6-2, 6-0, in the No. 6 spot.

"We are hoping to have a pretty good crowd out for our last home match on Sunday," said James. "We go to war with Wichita State every year. The matches are usually pretty competitive and we tend to go back and forth. But a lot of it will depend on us. If we can be disciplined and play mentally tough, it'll be a good match."

The `Birds will host their last home match of the season Sunday, April 14 at Gregory Street Courts. This match against Wichita State will also be USTA Campus Kids Day and Senior Day, featuring Redbird senior, Alexander Pelaez. The match is set to begin at 10 a.m. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.