ISU vs. Western Michigan
Illinois State’s men’s tennis swung themselves into victory by defeating Western Michigan, 4-3 on Saturday at the Evergreen Racquet Club. This marks ISU’s (2-3) first victory over Western Michigan (4-2) since the 2010-11 season.
The Redbirds started strong in doubles play with Jakub Eisner and Rolando Torrellas taking down Nadin Indre and Stephen Payne, 6-1. Jacob Wilson and Urh Kranjc Domiter followed suit by defeating Western Michigan’s duo Michael Treis and Andrew Cahn, 6-2. Muddappa Appanervanda and Rodrigo Oliveira bested Ruben Greiner and Jim Beckwith, 5-4, to earn the doubles point.
“I’m extremely proud of the way the guys came out and played today,” ISU head coach Mark Klysner said. “I thought that was the best doubles we have played all season. We did a good job of keeping the momentum all day.”
The momentum from doubles play was carried over when the ’Birds took the court for singles action. Wilson beat Greiner, 6-4, 6-2 and Domiter found success over Beckwith, 6-5, 6-3. Appanervanda triumphed over Treis, 6-4, 6-2.
Three Redbirds came up short during singles play. Oliveira fell to Cahn in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Steffens was beat by Matthew Hamilton, 6-3, 6-4, and Eisner lost to Indre, 6-4, 6-3.
“The team did extremely well; everyone fought hard together as a team,” Appanervanda said. “Key factor was keeping the energy up when playing and it worked really well.”
The Redbirds will not compete again until Feb. 21, when they travel to New York, N.Y., to take on St. John’s
ISU vs. Indianapolis vs. Butler
Illinois State women’s tennis hit the road for Indianapolis to face both Indianapolis and Butler this past weekend and brought back two wins. The Redbirds took down Indianapolis 7-2 and Butler 7-0. This extends the team’s record to 3-2.
During doubles actions, Phyllis Tigges and Madeliene Baillon faced Allie Smith and Taylor Eckert in Flight 1 to claim a 9-7 victory. Heather Nisbet and Kadi Ilves cruised past Brooke Boyts and Kasey Land in shutout, 8-0, in Flight 3. In the Flight 2 position, Indianapolis’ Selenay Heper and Macey Speer defeated Redbirds duo Emmie Marx and Sierra Stone, 8-6.
The ’Birds defeated the Indianapolis Greyhounds in five of six matches. Marx dominated over Smith, 6-0, 6-2, and Tigges claimed victory over Maria Mendes, 6-0, 6-2. Freshman Natalia Parchowska fell short in a third-set tie-breaker against Heper, 6-3, 3-6, 10-8. Baillon took down Boyts, 6-0, 6-1 and Ilves bested Eckert, 6-2, 6-3. Gabriella Phillips fought to win in a third-set tiebreaker against Land, 2-6, 6-2, 10-7.
“We played really well today,” head coach Chris Hoover said. “We are looking forward to tomorrow’s match, and we’re hoping to carry momentum from today.”
After the victory over Indianapolis, the Redbirds brought that energy to the courts against Butler. During the doubles play the ’Birds swept the Bulldogs in all three matches. Tigges and Baillon dominated over Stephani McLouglin and Kailey Eaton, 6-0, and Stone and Marx took down Grace Hyde and Angelina Qin, 6-0. Nisbet and Ilves defeated Konstantina Adami and Jocelyn Koester, 6-0.
During the singles competition, the ’Birds continued to be victorious and won all six matches, marking the first-career win for freshman, Parchowska.
Parchowska beat Hyde, 6-1, 6-2 in Singles Flight 4. Marx took down McLoughlin, 6-3, 7-6, in Singles Flight 1. Tigges bested Adami in Singles Flight 2, 6-2, 6-1. In the Singles Flight 3 position, Stone defeated Eaton, 6-1, 6-0. Baillon beat Qin, 8-3, in Singles Flight 5, while Ilves won 8-4, over Koester in Singles Flight 6.
“Everybody played well today,” Hoover said. “It was exciting to watch, and I’m excited for this team. I really think this is something we can build off of as we continue further on into the season.”
The ’Birds will get back on the road Friday to face Creighton in Omaha, Neb.