The Illinois State men’s tennis team traveled to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Midwest Regional Championship this past weekend.
“I think we had a pretty good weekend in terms of results,” Head Coach Mark Klysner said. “It wasn’t the best we’ve played collectively during the fall, but some guys played well. Muddappa definitely played tough in getting through three rounds of qualifying and making the main draw. The tournament format makes it tough to be ready and prepared for matches with limited courts and not proper warm-up so from that side of things we did the best we could under those circumstances.”
The Redbirds faced off against teams from the Big East, Big Ten, Horizon League, Midwest Atlantic, Summit League and Western Atlantic.
In the first round, Muddappa Appanervanda bested Jay Joshi of Detroit, 6-3, 6-0, while Rolando Torrellas competed against Jeffrey Schorsch of Valapraiso and was defeated, 6-2, 6-2.
During round two, Appanervanda continued his streak by advancing past Fredrick Strabo of Wisconsin, 1-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Day two yielded two advancements to the second round of doubles main draw by Torrellas and Jakub Eisner, who defeated their opponents from Northwestern.
In the qualifying singles round, Appanervanda beat Silviu Mistreanu of Youngstown State, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. However, he was then defeated by Matt Kueler of Colorado State in the singles main draw, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
“We had some tough matches that we had chances to win, but couldn’t close them out,” Klysner said of day-two competition.
Jacob Wilson and Rodrigo Oliveira also gave strong, but unrewarded efforts, losing to competitors from DePaul and Notre Dame. Oliveira and Appanervanda also fell to a pair from Notre Dame in the main draw doubles.
Oliveira and Wilson’s individual performances were highlights of day three of ITA competition.
In the consolation round, Oliveira dominated Carlos Manzanas of Northern Illinois, 6-2, 6-4, while Wilson bested Ruben Greiner of Western Michigan, 6-2, 4-6, 10-4. Doubles team Torrellas and Eisner were defeated by opponents from Michigan State.
The Redbirds hit the courts again Nov. 1, at the Louisville Invite in Louisville, Ky.