Michael Kianicka won at No. 2 singles for the Salukis.
Jan. 31, 2014
ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Southern Illinois men's tennis team fell to Northern Illinois on Friday evening, 6-1. Michal Kianicka won at No 2 singles to give Southern its lone point in the contest, while Jorge Cavero and Szymon Opieczonek won at No. 3 doubles.
Kianicka rallied after falling in the first set 6-4 to win both the second and third sets, 6-4, 6-3, respectively. Jorge Cavero forced a third-set super tiebreak, but he fell 10-4. Filip Aleksic also forced a third set with a 6-2 second-set win, but he fell 6-0 in the deciding set.
In doubles, all three matches came down to the wire, but the Huskies took two of the three. The Salukis No. 1 duo of Jonny Rigby and Kianicka fell 6-5, and the No. 2 team of Rafael Cuadrillero and Aleksic also fell 6-5. But Cavero and Opienczonek took their match 6-5 for Southern's lone doubles win.
The Salukis turn around quickly, facing Detroit Mercy tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Rockford.
#1: Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Jonny Rigby (SIU) 6-4, 6-1
#2: Michal Kianicka (SIU) def. Dor Amir (NIU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
#3: Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Jorge Cavero (SIU) 3-6, 6-5, 10-4
#4: Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Szymon Opieczonek (SIU) 6-4, 6-3
#5: Carlos Manzanas (NIU) def. Rafael Cuadrillero (SIU) 6-3, 6-1
#6: Simon Formont (NIU) def. Filip Aleksic (SIU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-0