Redbirds Advance to Finals in Singles Consolation Bracket

Sept. 29, 2012

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MUNCIE, Ind. - The Illinois State men's tennis team advanced to the final round of the consolation bracket in singles action at the Ball State Invitational Saturday in Muncie, Ind.

Head coach Cris James was impressed with the Redbird's performance.

"I was very happy with the way the guys competed with the mental toughness I have been looking for," said James. "Some of the matches were definitely not easy but they stuck to what I asked them to do and pulled out a couple of wins."

Michael Sellitto defeated Martin Muadi of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, 7-5 and 6-0, in the first round of the singles consolation bracket and advanced to the quarterfinals after a bye where he defeated Van Damrongsri of the Louisville, 6-3 and 6-2. He then beat Andres Cobos of IPFW, 6-1 and 6-2, to make it to the final round of the bracket.

Muddappa Appanervanda also advanced to the final round of the singles consolation bracket by defeating Robert Salcedo of Daytona, 7-5 and 6-0, and then advancing to the quarterfinals after a bye. He then beat Kyle MacDonald of Dayton, 6-2 and 6-2, and Patrick O'Neill of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(4), to advance to the finals.

Jacob Wilson advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Matt Ford of Cleveland State, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(5), where he was then defeated by Jorg van der Vloet of CSU, 6-3 and 6-3.

Sellitto and Appanervanda were defeated in doubles play by Ray Leonard and Dalton Albertin of Ball State, 8-1.

"Even the couple of matches that we lost we fought hard and competed the way we need to on a regular basis," said James. "Hopefully this toughness will continue on to the next tournament."

The Redbirds are competing in the ITA All-American Championships Sept. 29-Oct. 7 in Tulsa, Okla. at all day events.

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