The ISU men’s tennis team (5-4) traveled to Bloomington, Ind. Sunday to take on No. 61 Indiana (8-7). IU provided a tough matchup for the ‘Birds, as they were able to take the match 7-0 at the IU Tennis Center.
Head coach Mark Klysner is confident that his team can perform to a higher level.
“Today was not our best tennis,” Klysner said. “We started slow and couldn’t rise to the moment of playing a ranked team. I know the guys aren’t happy with their performance today, so I’m hoping this will fire them up for our next matchup against No. 38 Louisville.”
ISU struggled to get things going early in the match with Rolando Torrellas’ and Jakub Eisner’s 8-4 loss to Sam Monette and Daniel Bednarczyk in doubles play.
Muddappa Appanervanda and Rodrigo Oliveira gave Elliott Yee and Michael Sellitto a tough game, but ultimately fell, 8-6.
The last doubles game between duo Dylan Steffens and Urh Krajnc Domiter against IU’s Dimitrije Tasic and Sven Lalic went unfinished at 7-7.
The ‘Birds fought hard to turn things around in singles play, but Indiana had gained too much momentum.
Jacob Wilson was defeated by No. 53 Monette, 6-1, 6-4, and Eisner fell to Lalic, 7-5, 6-2. Appanervanda could not get a win over Tasic, 6-1, 6-2, and Krajnc Domiter lost to No. 4 Bednarczyk, 6-1, 6-3. Torrellas was defeated by Yee, 6-3, 6-3. Oliveira provided the closest matchup with Sellitto, but fell, 7-6, 7-5.
This loss came as a hard hit for the Redbirds, after coming off a four-game win streak. They hope to regain focus as they take off this Friday to play No. 38 Louisville at 1 p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.