DePaul halts SIU's hot streak

    Szymon Opieczonek teamed with Jorge Cavero to earn a win at No. 2 doubles, Southern's only win against DePaul.

    Szymon Opieczonek teamed with Jorge Cavero to earn a win at No. 2 doubles, Southern's only win against DePaul.
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    March 28, 2014

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    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Southern Illinois men's tennis team came into the MTSU Shootout riding seven wins in its last eight matches, but DePaul (7-9) shut down the Salukis 4-0 on Friday afternoon. Southern (7-6) was shut out for the first time since the opening match of the spring season, a 4-0 loss to Oklahoma State on Jan. 17.

    "DePaul was the better team today, and we wish them well in the next round," head coach Dann Nelson said. "We have to play with more urgency tomorrow and do all we can to secure the win."

    Southern's top player, Jonny Rigby, was hit in the eye early in his doubles match when a ball hit the net and took a bad bounce. Rigby and partner Michal Kianicka were up a break when the injury happened and took a medical timeout, but they fell at No. 1 doubles 6-3. Rigby also struggled in singles, though Nelson said he improved as the match went along. he fell 6-3, 6-1.

    "We were not the same," Nelson said, referring to after Rigby's injury. "They both tried to fight through it but could not. Jonny tried to make an effort in singles as well, but you could tell his depth perception was off. The injury got better as the match went on and he finished his singles match."

    Kianicka also lost in straight sets in singles play, dropping a 6-2, 6-3 decision at No. 3 singles, and Szymon Opieczonek lost a 6-3, 6-4 decision on court four. After DePaul had secured the deciding fourth point, the match was immediately over, meaning Jorge Cavero (who was leading 7-6(4), 4-0), Rafael Cuadrillero and Filip Aleksic's matches all remained unfinished.



    Opieczonek and Cavero teamed up to give the Salukis their only win of the day. The duo teamed up for a 6-2 win at No. 2 doubles, sending the doubles point to court No. 3, but Aleksic and Jeremy Dixon lost a 6-3 decision to give DePaul the 1-0 lead before singles play.