Redbirds Fall to No. 27 Drake, 6-1
Alexander Pelaez
Alexander Pelaez

April 20, 2013

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DES MOINES, Iowa. - The Illinois State men's tennis team was defeated by No. 27 Drake, 6-1, Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. The Redbirds are now 8-14 overall this season and 1-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC).

ISU was slow out of the gate, digging a quick hole in doubles action. Alexander Pelaez and Muddappa Appanervanda were defeated by Jean Erasmus and Alen Salibasic, 9-8 (4). Rolando Torrellas and Michael Sellitto fell to Ben Lott and James McKie, 8-2. And last to finish were Erik Brunskog and Jacob Wilson, who were defeated by Ben Mullis and Robin Goodman in a close, 9-7, match.

"We had our chances to win doubles today but we didn't take advantage of them," said head coach Cris James. "At No. 1 doubles we played well but started a bit too slow. No. 2 doubles we got kind of out played. But at No. 3 we were right in there the whole time and just couldn't get it done. We need to start taking advantage of the chances we are given."

Pelaez pulled out the lone victory for ISU today by defeating McKie in the No. 1 spot, 6-2, 7-5. In the No. 2 position, Brunskog fell to Salibasic, 6-4, 6-0, while Wilson was defeated by Goodman 6-3, 6-3. In the No. 4 spot, Torrellas fought a tough battle against Erasmus, but fell 7-5, 6-4. Sellitto was defeated by Grant Tesmer, 6-3, 6-0, in the No. 5 spot. And Appanervanda fell to Ryan Drake, 6-3, 7-5, in the No. 6 spot.

"Singles went okay today," said James. "Alex had a nice win in the No.1 spot. Some of the guys had opportunities to step up and win but they didn't do it. I was a little disappointed to be honest. Tomorrow we need to start with better energy and come to play."

The Redbirds will travel to Omaha, Neb. Sunday, April 21 to battle Creighton at the last conference and dual match of the season. The match is set to begin at 10 a.m.

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