The Illinois State University men’s tennis team traveled to Indiana for a two-match weekend. The Redbirds traveled to Indianapolis and lost 5-2 to the Butler Bulldogs. The Redbirds bounced back quickly the next day when they traveled to Muncie, Indiana, and beat the Ball State Cardinals 4-3.
Saturday, against Butler, the Redbirds dropped the doubles point to the Bulldogs. In singles play, senior Jorge Adair Bartra Quispe defeated Olof Wiklund (7-5, 6-4) and tied the match at 1-1. The Redbirds dropped the next three matches to the Bulldogs before freshman Melker Isaakson earned the their last point by winning his match (6-3, 6-4).
Sunday, against Ball State, the Redbirds rallied to come from a 3-1 deficit and beat the Cardinals.
The Cardinals picked up the doubles point by winning the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, and quickly picked up another point in singles play. Diego Le Gal Perez gave the Redbirds their first point when he defeated Vince Orland (7-5, 6-2). Shortly afterward, Ball State secured another point and put the pressure on the Redbirds.
Freshmen Nam Pham and Isaakson led the comeback, each winning their singles matches in three-sets. Pham defeated Bryce Bonin (6-4, 0-6, 7-7), and Isaakson defeated Eli Herran (0-6, 7-5, 6-0).
In the deciding singles match, ISU junior Pol Botifoll Ruis defeated Chris Adams in a back-and-forth three-set victory (6-3, 2-6, 6-2).
"It was an amazing comeback by the boys today. We lost the deciding doubles match to go down 1-0 and during singles at one point, we were down 3-1 and the remaining three matches were all in third sets," ISU head coach Mark Klysner told goredbirds.com.
"Big credit to Diego Le Gal Perez for getting us on the board, followed by our two freshmen pulling out some gutsy three-set victories. What a match at No. 1 singles, where Pol won it in a third set. We needed a win like this today."
The Redbirds return to the court at 11 a.m. Feb. 15 in Normal against the Illinois Institute of Technology and 4 p.m. against the University of Illinois Chicago at the Bloomington Tennis Center.