ISU Advances to Doubles and Singles Semifinal Rounds at Louisville Invite
Michael Sellitto
Michael Sellitto

Nov. 9, 2012

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Illinois State men's tennis team will advance to the semifinal round of doubles action at the Louisville Invitational Friday in Louisville, Ky. The Redbirds also won six of seven singles matches to advance to the semifinals in singles play.

Head coach Cris James thinks the Redbirds are off to a great start.

Alexander Pelaez and Muddappa Appanervanda defeated Ji Hoon Heo and Nathan Martin of Morehead State in doubles action, 8-3, while Michael Sellitto and Erik Brunskog took down Amaury Derognat and Jonathan Kuhn of Louisville, 8-4.

"We had a great day overall. I think today was probably the best I've seen the guys play in doubles this fall," said James. "We are kind of messing around with the doubles teams right now but at this point I am looking for leadership and fundamental skills."

The Redbirds carried their momentum into afternoon singles.

Pelaez defeated Henrique Norbiato of Belmont, 6-3, 6-2, and then beat Ji Hoon Heo of Morehead State, 6-2, 6-2, to advance to the semifinals. Jacob Wilson beat Van Damrongsri of Louisville, 6-0, 3-6, 6-1, and Daniel Bednarczyk of Louisville, 7-6(6), 6-3 to also advance to the semifinal round.

"Jacob had a really good day and is making some big strides forward. He has been playing well all along this fall but now he is starting to turn that into victories," said James. "Michael is also making some great improvements as a freshman this season and I think he will do some big things for us."

After a first round bye, Sellitto took down Gonzalo Garcia of Louisville, 7-5, 6-0, while Brunskog defeated Fernando Mussolini of Belmont, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, but then lost in the quarter final round to Luis Elizondo of Louisville, 7-5, 6-0. Appanervanda defeated Kevin Deligny of Morehead State, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, to advance to the semifinals.

James thinks the team is prepared for tomorrow's matches and hopes the `Birds can continue on this roll.

"I am proud of the guy's performance today but we need to make sure we keep this rolling tomorrow," said James. "If we go and have a lousy day tomorrow, today isn't really going to mean anything."

The `Birds continue competition at the Louisville Invitational Saturday, Nov. 10 for the semifinal and final rounds in both singles and doubles action.

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