Southern Falls to Wichita State, 5-2

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    Jorge Cavero won his ninth singles match in his last 10 matches.
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    April 11, 2014

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    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois men's tennis team lost to Wichita State on Friday afternoon at the University Courts in Carbondale, 5-2. SIU (8-10, 1-2 MVC) got wins at Nos. 2 and 3 singles and lost a pair of three-set matches in the hard-fought loss.

    "I am proud of the way we fought for every point today," head coach Dann Nelson said. "We played with focus and just came up short."

    No. 72 Wichita State (17-7, 3-0 MVC) picked up the crucial doubles point with wins on courts two and three. Southern's top doubles tandem of Jonny Rigby and Michal Kianicka stayed hot at No. 1 doubles, improving their record to an MVC-best 11-4, all of which have come on the top court.

    Kianicka got back on track in singles play, as well, winning an easy straight-sets 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles to get SIU on the scoreboard and break a personal three-match losing streak in singles. Jorge Cavero stayed red hot at No. 2 singles, winning for the ninth time in his last 10 matches. Cavero has the MVC's best winning percentage at No. 2 doubles with an 8-1 record.

    Heading into singles needing four wins to get a team win, Southern came close, forcing two more singles matches into a third set, but Wichita State prevailed in both to keep their MVC record unblemished.

    The Salukis are back in action tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the University Courts for a match with Western Illinois. Admission is free.