Junior Illinois State men's tennis No. 1 Pol Boitfol Rius returning a ball during last year's season.

Illinois State men’s tennis team hosted its first home matches this past weekend, playing host to DePaul and Illinois at Springfield on Friday, Eastern Illinois University on Saturday and Bellarmine on Sunday.

DePaul took an early lead in Friday's first game after winning 2-of-3 in doubles matches. Redbirds Nam Pham and Pol Botifoll Rius each won their singles matches, but DePaul would take the other four to give themselves a 5-2 victory.

Illinois State bounced back against the University of Illinois at Springfield. Losing the first match of the doubles, Illinois State went on to win the last two matches to go up a point and take the early lead. Pham again won his match to start off hot for the Redbirds.

Diego Le Gal Perez, Rius, Ming-Chieh Chiu and Shu-Lun Chang would all also win their singles matches to give Illinois State a 6-1 victory in match two. 

Illinois State took to the court again on Saturday taking on Eastern Illinois, a battle of two in-state rivals that was one-sided in favor of Illinois State. Yet again, they started off hot as they swept the doubles matches, giving them the early one-point advantage. Illinois State nearly swept the competition but fell in the sixth singles match giving Eastern its only point of the competition.

Illinois State completed its four-game homestand against the Bellarmine Knights. Winning the first doubles match but losing the next two found Illinois State trailing by one point early. However, Illinois State would dominate the singles competition, winning 5-of-6 to give them a 5-2 victory over the Knights.

Pham and Rius were both perfect this weekend in single matches, not losing a single match during this home stretch.

Illinois State will go on the road to take on Saint Louis on Wednesday.

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