Baranski has played professionally for three years prior to joining the Salukis
SIU enters the regional tournament with an overall singles record of 32-18
Opieczonek played four seasons for the Salukis from 2011-15.
SIU wraps up the regular season at 6-15 overall and 0-3 in MVC play.
The SIU men's tennis team will play conference rival Illinois State University for fifth place on Sunday.
Opieczonek joins the coaching staff as a student assistant following a four-year career as a player on the men's tennis team.
Opieczonek is one of SIU's most winning doubles players in program history. His 51 doubles wins is good for second all-time at SIU. His two-season doubles partnership with Jorge Cavero was also a successful one. The duo won a total of 28 matches from 2012-14 putting them in fifth place on the all-time wins list for doubles teams at SIU. In 2014 the tandem won 17 matches which is tied for seventh most in a single season at SIU.
As a singles player Opieczonek racked up 26 wins. He enjoyed his most successful season in singles play as a junior when he finished 11-17.
Went 7-19 overall in singles play, 5-15 during the dual-match season... Was 10-14 overall in doubles play... Finished the season 8-7 with doubles partner Jonny Rigby...
Went 11-17 overall in singles play, 8-10 in the dual-match season...Finished the season with the second most doubles wins with Jorge Cavero, going 17-11 overall.
Finished singles play with a record of 3-4 and a doubles record of 13-9 with partners Jorge Cavero and Orhan Spahic...Held second most doubles wins in the No. 2 position with Jorge Cavero.
Went 5-10 in singles in the dual-match season (5-16 overall) in his first season as a Saluki, predominately at No. 6 singles...Secured Saluki victory against Bradley on April 21 (W, 4-3) with a 7-6 (5). 1-6, 6-4 victory over BU's Michael Davis at No. 6 singles...Had a team-best 9-7 record in doubles on the dual-match season with partner Orhan Spahic and Nos. 2 and 3 doubles.
Personal: Majoring in Finance...Son of Yarek and Lidia Opieczonek...Has three sisters: Natalia (20), Agata (14) and Karolina (14).