Mens_Tennis

Illinois State Men's Tennis Sophomore Pol Botifoll Ruis returns a volley at home against Valparaiso this past weekend.

The Illinois State University Redbirds (0-1) lost to the Northwestern Wildcats (1-0) 6-1 on Wednesday.

This was the first regular season match for both teams. ISU’s sole victory came from newly-arrived freshman Melker Isaksson (def. Russell Berdusco 7-5, 7-5).

Despite the unfavorable result, Illinois State’s Head Coach Mark Klysner was pleased with the team’s effort.

“What a great match tonight,” Klysner said.

“Although the score wasn’t what we would like, I thought we fought hard on every court. For it being the first match of the spring, we literally were a few points away in several courts from making the score much closer. Huge congrats to our freshman, Melker Isaksson, who just arrived last week and played a fantastic match to start his college career.”

The team will be back in action on Saturday when they take on Wisconsin at 11 a.m. and Chicago State at 3 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin.

Full Results:

Northwestern 6, Illinois State 1

Singles Competition

1. Steven Forman (NU) def. Diego Le Gal Perez (ISU) 6-0, 7-5

2. Dominik Stary (NU) def. Jorge Adair Bartra Quispe (ISU) 6-2, 6-1

3. Nick Brookes (NU) def. Pol Botifoll Rius (ISU) 6-4, 6-4

4. Trice Pickens (NU) def. Nam Pham (ISU) 6-1, 6-4

5. Simen Bratholm (NU) def. Aleksa Lazarevic (ISU) 6-2, 6-2

6. Melker Isaksson (ISU) def. Russell Berdusco (NU) 7-5, 7-5

Doubles Competition

1. Nick Brookes/Simen Bratholm (NU) vs. Jorge Adair Bartra Quispe / Diego Le Gal Perez (ISU) 5-4, unfinished

2. Chris Ephron/Dominik Stary (NU) def. Brandon Lew/Melker Isaksson (ISU) 6-3

3. Steven Forman/Trice Pickens (NU) def. Nam Pham/Aleksa Lazarevic (ISU) 6-1

MATT KALINOWSKI is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at mjkali1@ilstu.edu Follow him on Twitter at @mattkalinowski8


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