ISU Men's Tennis Falls to Drake at MVC Championships
April 27, 2013
WICHITA, Kan.- The Illinois State men's tennis team was defeated by Drake, 4-0, Saturday at the MVC Championships in Wichita, Kan. Today's match concludes the season for ISU.
Head coach Cris James thought the team played well against a tough team.
"I thought we played very well in doubles today, despite the loss," said James. "We were in every doubles match but came up a little bit short. Drake played just a little better than we did."
First to finish in doubles action were Alexander Pelaez and Muddappa Appanervanda, who were defeated by Jean Erasmus and Alen Salibasic, 8-5. Next, Erik Brunskog and Rodrigo Oliveira fell to Robin Goodman and Anis Ghorbel, 8-5. Jakub Eisner and Rolando Torrellas faced James McKie and Ben Lott in an unfinished match.
"We had some chances in singles today," said James. "We had a real shot to win all three of the unfinished matches. I don't think some of the scores reflected just how close the matches actually were."
The Redbirds were not able to make a comeback in singles play. In the No. 1 spot, Pelaez faced Ghorbel in an unfinished match, while Brunskog played McKie, also in an unfinished match. Eisner was defeated by Goodman in the No. 3 spot, 6-2, 6-4. In the No. 4 position Jacob Wilson fell to Salibasic, 6-2, 6-3. Torrellas was also defeated by Erasmus, 6-4, 6-4. And in the No. 6 position, Oliveira faced Ben Mullis in an unfinished match.
Today's loss against Drake concludes the spring 2013 season for the Redbirds.
"I am extremely proud of this team," said James. "We didn't have the year overall that we were hoping for. But we really came together and worked well as a team. I thought we played our best couples of matches today and yesterday. As a coach, it makes me proud that we continued getting better throughout the season."
ISU will say goodbye to its lone senior, Alexander Pelaez, who recently set the all-time record for singles and doubles wins at Illinois State.
"We are definitely going to miss Alex," said James. "It's going to be tough to replace him. He had a great career and I could not be more proud of his accomplishments. But the future looks bright for us. We were starting three fresh and a sophomore, so we have a young team and some good pieces here to move forward with."
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