The Redbirds were defeated in their first two doubles matches of the spring season against Southern Methodist University, 4-1, and No. 25 Tulsa 6-1, on Sunday, in Tulsa, Okla. The duos that took the court were Jacob Wilson and newcomer Urh Kranjc Domiter, and Muddappa Appanervanda and Rodrigo Oliveira.
To start the competition off, Wilson and Domiter beat Arkidjas Slobodkins and Tony Russell, 6-4. Appanervanda and Oliveira bested Mischa Nowicki and Julio Olaya, 6-1.
“I thought we started off strong with the doubles matches. In singles play, we had our chances to pull off a win but lost four tie breakers which really hurt,” Illinois State head tennis coach Mark Klysner said.
During singles play No. 73 ranked Arturs Kazijevs took down ISU’s Jakub Eisner, 6-5, 6-3. Domiter was defeated by Alex Sanders, 6-3, 6-2. Wilson lost to Nowicki, 6-2, 6-5, while Dylan Steffens faced a loss to Slobodkins, 6-5, 6-2.
Three matches went unfinished against SMU. Eisner and Rolando Torrellas competed against Nate Lammons and Sanders, 5-2. Torrellas faced Olaya in singles actions, 6-4, 2-6, 1-1, and Oliveira took Nate Lammons to a 5-6, 3-5 match.
Over the course of the 8 p.m. match, Oliveira triumphed over Tulsa’s Dylan McCloskey, 6-4, 6-5. Eisner was defeated by Japie De Klerk, 6-3, 6-1, while Domiter lost to Clifford Marsland, 6-5, 6-0. Wilson was dominated by Carlos Bautista, 6-2, 6-1.
Torrellas struggled to find success against Alejandro Espejo, 6-2, 6-1, and Steffens was defeated by Juan Carvajal, 6-1, 6-2.
“Our guys played hard tonight,” Klysner said. “We started a little slow. But after getting into the singles matches we definitely looked a lot better.”
In doubles action Eisner and Torrellas faced a loss against Marsland and McCloskey, 6-3. Wilson and Domiter were bested by Espejo and De Klerk, 6-2.
Oliveira and Appanervanda had an incomplete match against Daniel Santos and Bautista, 4-4.
“We have some things to work on this week before we host Belmont next weekend, but I like the effort the guys are putting in,” Klysner said.
The ’Birds will be back in action at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, as they host Belmont at the Evergreen Racquet Club in Bloomington.