The ISU football team came home empty-handed after a week one loss at Ball State, but the men’s tennis squad did not suffer the same fate in Muncie, Ind., last weekend at the Ball State Invite.
Junior Jacob Wilson won a title in the Flight A singles bracket, and senior Muddappa Appanervanda and sophomore Rodrigo Oliveira earned a championship in the Flight A doubles bracket for the Redbirds.
Wilson upended Ball State’s Ray Leonard in three sets, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 1-0 (3) on Sunday in the singles championship match. Appanervanda and Oliveira defeated DePaul’s Paul John and David Vierya, 8-4 in Sunday’s doubles final match.
“The guys came out with high energy and intensity today,” Mark Klysner, ISU men’s tennis head coach, said. “Jacob fought hard to come back to win, and Muddappa and Rodrigo beat a very good DePaul team.”
Wilson advanced to the final with a 6-1, 7-5 semifinal win over Marquette’s Logon Collins on Saturday. Appanervanda and Oliveira upended DePaul’s Sten Leusnik and Filip Dzanko, 8-6, in Saturday’s doubles semifinal contest.
“Wilson and Appanervanda led the way for the team,” Klysner said. “I thought they played extremely well under pressure.”
Wilson opened tournament play on Friday with a 6-1, 6-2 first-round victory over Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne’s Gerad Guell and a 7-5, 6-2 quarterfinal win over DePaul’s Filip Dzanko.
Meanwhile, Appanervanda and Oliveira opened the first day of play with an 8-6 opening round victory over IPFW’s Gerad Guell and Martin Muadi and an 8-6 quarterfinal win over Butler’s Billy Weldon and Sam O’Neill.
“I’m happy with the day we had,” Klysner said. “We started the day winning seven of 10 singles matches which was a momentum booster for our team.”
In other action in the Flight A singles bracket, Oliveira defeated Indianapolis’ Nico Kastunowicz, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (11), before falling to Ball State’s Ray Leonard, 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (3), on Friday.
Sophomore Jakub Eisner lost to Ball State’s Patrick Elliott, 6-2, 6-3, in the first round before bowing out of the tournament with a consolation bracket loss to IPFW’s Jonathan Raa on Friday.
In the Flight B singles bracket, Appanervanda defeated Indiana-Purdue Indianapolis’ Manual Laboy, 6-1, 6-1, and DePaul’s Paul John, 6-2, 6-4, on Friday. Appanervanda upended Marquette’s Kristiyan Trukov, 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (5), in the quarterfinal match and DePaul’s Adam Reinhart, 6-3, 7-6 (3), in the semifinal contest on Saturday. In the Flight B singles championship match, Appanervanda lost to Marquette’s Nick Dykema, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 1-0 (8), on Sunday.
Sophomore Rolando Torrellas received a first-round bye before emerging victorious over DePaul’s Tim Corwin, 6-3, 6-4, on Friday. On Saturday, Torrellas beat Ball State’s Matt Helm, 6-3, 6-2, in the quarterfinals before falling to Marquette’s Nick Dykema, 6-4, 6-4, in the semifinals.
Freshman Dylan Steffens opened the tournament with a 6-3, 6-3 win over IPFW’s Connor Andrews before losing to Ball State’s Patrick Downs, 6-3, 6-1, on Friday.
In the Flight A doubles bracket, Eisner and Torrellas beat IUPUI’s Jacob Bradley and Thomas Gans, 8-5 before losing to DePaul’s Paul John and David Vieyra, 9-8 (4), on Friday.
In the Flight B doubles bracket, Steffens and Wilson received a first-round bye before beating IPFW’s Raa and Karl-Erik Wangsten Oye, 8-6. The duo fell in the semifinal round on Saturday to Marquette’s Nick Dykema and Cam Tehrani, 9-8 (2).