The Redbirds fell behind early and could not recover in the match against the Shockers in Wichita, Kan.
An opportunity for victory came and went for the Redbirds in their first test in Missouri Valley Conference play as the Shockers shut them out. Before matches began Saturday, Illinois State’s head coach had a few comments about his team.
“We’re looking forward to getting the conference play started, and Wichita State is going to be a tough test,” head coach Mark Klysner said. Wichita proved him right, resulting in ISU failing to record a point.
Beginning with singles matches, in the number one slot, Ilija Cuic defeated Jacob Wilson of ISU, 6-0, 6-4. In the second singles match, Tin Ostojic of Wichita State took down Urh Krajnc Domiter, 7-5, 6-1. In the No. 4 position, Guillermo Nicol beat Muddappa Appanervanda in two sets, 6-3, 6-2.
Once again, ISU had multiple matches go unfinished. Those matches included the No. 3 match between Tomislav Gregurovic and Jakub Eisner that finished with scores of 7-5, 3-6 and 1-2. Both the No. 5 and 6 matches also went unfinished in Wichita. The No. 5 match was between Guillermo de Vilchez of Wichita and Rolando Torrellas of ISU that ended with scores of 6-4 and 4-6.
Doubles matches were also unsuccessful for the Redbirds. In the No. 1 doubles match of the day Wichita State’s partners Gregurovic and Ostojic beat Eisner and his partner Torrellas 8-6. In the No. 3 doubles match, de Vilchez and partner Nicol defeated the duo of Rodrigo Olveira and Dylan Steffens of ISU, 8-2.
There was one doubles match that went unfinished – in the No. 2 slot, along with the three unfinished singles matches. That match was between the duo of Cuic and Jocelyn Devilliers versus Appanervanda and his partner Domiter and ended with a score of 7-5.
This is the fourth time in as many weeks that there were multiple unfinished singles and doubles matches for the men from ISU.
The Redbirds return to home Saturday and Sunday when they face conference foes Bradley and Drake in Missouri Valley Conference matches. The matches are set to start at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against Bradley and at 1 p.m. Sunday against Drake.