Jan. 30, 2010
By Michael Benson
RICHMOND, Ky. - Despite the return of senior Lucas Waked from injury, the SIU men's tennis team was defeated by Eastern Kentucky, 7-0, Saturday in Richmond, Ky.
In doubles, Florez - paired with the senior Waked - was defeated by EKU's Hugo Klientovsky and Niklas Schroeder, 8-5. Even with the loss, Saluki head coach Dann Nelson saw lots of promise out of the freshman and his doubles partner.
"Waked and Florez played like they have between playing together for a long time, even though it is their first match together," Nelson said.
For Kidera and Spahic, they nearly notched wins in their debuts.
Kidera, a native of St. Louis, Mo., captured the first set in #4 singles against Carlos Valdenebro. However, Valdenebro came back to win set two in tiebreakers before eventually taking the match in three 3-6, 7-6, 10-5.
Spahic was slotted in #5 singles against Parul Verma. Much like his teammate, Spahic swiped the first set, but faded in the latter half of the match to lose 5-7, 6-3, 10-6.
"We were flat in doubles, combined with trying two new teams," Nelson said. "We must have more enthusiasm and play better."
"We are improving and working very hard in practice and the guys all have a good attitude towards training, so we just need to continue what we are doing," Nelson said.
The Salukis return to action Feb. 6, when they take on the Kangaroos of UMKC in the Dawgs' home opener. The match is slated to start at 10 a.m. at the SportsBlast Sports Complex in Carbondale.