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Illinois State's Tin Ostro gets ready to serve during the Redbirds' Feb. 26 doubleheader against Marquette and St. Ambrose. The Redbirds dropped their fourth straight match 4-3 to Youngstown State Friday. 

WILMINGTON, NC — Illinois State men’s tennis dropped a highly contested battle 4-3 against Youngstown State in its second match at the annual Battle at the Beach tournament Friday.

Tomas Valencia fell to YSU’s Nathan Favier in the final two sets of the singles event as the Penguins secured the deciding match point.

The doubles event came down to the third match at the No. 1 spot with ISU’s duo of Arvid Hjalte and Adrian Dibildox falling to Clement Mainguy and Nathan Favier 7-6 to secure the doubles point for the Penguins.

YSU took that momentum into singles and captured the first two matches for a 3-0 lead. However, Dibildox battled back for the Redbirds to secure a point at the No. 5 spot.

Nam Pham cut the lead to one for the Penguins by winning the final two sets of his match at the No. 1 spot in singles for ISU.

Melker Isaksson tied the score up at 3-3 with his win at the No. 4 spot before Valencia dropped the deciding point in 3-6, 6-4 and 6-4 sets.

With the defeat, the Redbirds have now lost their fourth-straight match.

RYAN SWANSON is a Sports Reporter. Swanson can be reached at Follow Swanson on Twitter at @rswanny_5.

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