By: Brandon Hillary/Staff Writer
The ISU men’s tennis team is off to a slow start (1-4) after being unable to build off of last week’s win against Belmont, its only win of the season. Iowa proved to be tough competition for the Redbirds as they fell in a 7-0 loss on Saturday.
ISU head coach Mark Klysner was not impressed with the mindset that the team had going into the away match.
“I was disappointed with the results of today,” he said. “I didn’t feel like we matched Iowa with intensity and energy. We competed well in singles but lost too many of the important points.”
The 7-0 score was deceiving, as the Redbirds put up a fight all through the match. They forced five matches into three sets but ultimately could not scrape out any wins in these singles matches.
ISU’s Jakub Eisner fell to Jonas Dierckx in three sets (6-5, 7-4, 6-5). Iowa’s Juan Estenssoro defeated Jacob Wilson in three sets (2-6, 6-1, 6-4). ISU’s Rolando Torrellas was not able to force a third set in his 6-3, 6-4 loss to Dominic Patrick. The last few three-set-losses put the match away, as Urh Kranjnc Domiter lost to Iowa’s Brian Alden (6-1, 6-5, 7-3). Rodrigo Oliveira fell to Michael Swank (6-5, 7-2, 6-4), and Dylan Steffens could not pull out the victory against Nils Hallestrand (6-5, 7-4, 6-5, 7-3).
Doubles matches were handled well by Iowa’s duos, as ISU’s Eisner and Torrellas could not come up with a win over Alden and Swank, losing 6-3. Hallestrand and Joey White took down Redbirds Domiter and Oliveira 6-1, and the last doubles match hosting Wilson and Steffens versus Dierckx and Estenssoro went unfinished at 5-2.
“We were all very disappointed with the result against Iowa,” Eisner said. “We would like to get back on the winning streak and try to use the home advantage as best as we can. We know that the match against Western Michigan will be tough, but we have confidence in ourselves and we believe that if we show up like we did against Belmont, we are capable of winning.”
While they have been dealt some blows during the beginning stretch of the season, the Redbirds one convincing win came on their home turf at the Evergreen Racquet Club. With the unease of travel and uncomfortably on new courts, the home team can gain a serious advantage in any college level sport. The ’Birds will be coming home this weekend to host Western Michigan on Saturday as they look to defeat the Broncos and claim their second “W” of the season.