Jan. 23, 2004
By Dustin Thompson
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Southern Illinois University men's tennis team opened the season with a rocky start Friday afternoon as they were swept by the University of Louisville, 7-0.
Junior Lukasz Soswa and sophomore Bojan Ilievski began the day losing a tough doubles match against Louisville's Jhonny Berrido and Javier Herrera, 8-6, at the No. 1 spot. Juniors Julian Botero and Alexandru Nomicos also came up short at No. 2 doubles, losing 8-3 to Jakob Gustafsson and Damar Johnson.
In singles play, the Salukis continued to struggle as senior Peter Bong was defeated 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 1 singles spot by Berrido, while Nomicos lost 6-3, 6-2 at the two spot to Johnson. Illevski fell quickly at No. 3 to Matt Mayer, 6-1, 6-1, and sophomore Tomas Gonzalez lost his battle with Gustafsson, 6-3, 6-2.
At No. 5 singles, Soswa was defeated by Jeremy Clark by a score of 6-1, 6-4, with Botero being knocked out by Fadi Zamjaoui, 6-4, 6-3.
The Salukis will try to bounce back tomorrow as they travel to Richmond, Ky.,were they are scheduled to play three matches in two days. Results can be found at www.SIUSalukis.com.
Louisville men's tennis results - 1/23/04
UL 7 - Southern Illinois 0
Jhonny Berrido (UL) d. Peter Bong (SIU) 6-1, 6-3
Damar Johnson (UL) d. Alex Nomicos (SIU) 6-3, 6-2
Matt Mayer (UL) d. Bojan Ilievski (SIU) 6-1, 6-1
Jakob Gustafsson (UL) d. Tomas Gonzalez (SIU) 6-3, 6-2
Jeremy Clark (UL) d. Lukasz Soswa 9SIU0 6-1, 6-4
Fadi Zamjaoui (UL) d. Julian Angel Botero (SIU) 6-4, 6-3
Berrido/Javier Herrera (UL) d. Soswa/Ilievski (SIU) 8-6
Gustafsson/Johnson (UL) d. Nomicos/Botero (SIU) 8-3
Mayer/Clark (UL) d. Bong/Gonzalez (SIU) 8-1