Feb. 1, 2014
ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Southern Illinois men's tennis team lost to Detroit Mercy on Saturday morning, 4-3. The Salukis won the doubles point to open the match and won two of the first three singles matches that finished, but Detroit used four singles wins to take the win.
"Our goal today was to take the doubles point and set the tone for singles," head coach Dann Nelson said. "We did that and got up 3-1, but we didn't play our best at Nos. 2-5 singles. We had a bit of bad luck, as Jorge was not 100 percent with his knees, but we have to give credit to Detroit. We had trouble closing matches."
Rigby continued his strong play in singles action, taking No. 1 singles in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. Filip Aleksic also won in straight sets, cruising to a 6-0 first set and winning the second set 6-4. After Rigby and Aleksic won, the Salukis were leading 3-1 and needed just one more singles win to take the match, but Detroit took all three of the tight matches to take the win.
At No. 2 singles, Kianicka forced tiebreaks in each of his two-set match but lost both, 7-6(6), 7-6(3). SIU had three-set matches on courts four and five, and Detroit won both third sets to take the match.
The Salukis are back in action on Friday at Saint Louis.
Rigby/Kianicka (SIU) def. Joshi/Cawood (DET), 6-0
Orantes/Conley (DET) def. Aleksic/Cuadrillero (SIU), 6-2
Cavero/Opieczosek def. Kadyrov/Koscielski (DET), 6-1