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    April 23, 2007

    By Ryan Shaw
    www.siusalukis.com

    WICHITA, Kan. - The Southern Illinois men's tennis team dropped its final regular season match to Wichita State on Sunday, 5-2.

    The Shockers (10-8, 4-2 MVC) took an early lead with two wins at doubles. Thiago Dos Santos and Albert Ballesta defeated Felipe Villasenor and Lucas Waked in No. 2 action, 8-3. Rodrigo Lama and Hugo Vidal then fell to Tiago Espirito Santo and Kevin Gardner at No. 3, 8-1, giving WSU a 1-0 lead.

    Sergio Sanchez and Breno Salvany picked up SIU's only doubles victory with an 8-4 victory over Goran Vujaklija and Boris Gubic at No. 1.

    The Salukis (12-7, 2-4 MVC) were unable to make a comeback in singles' play, winning only two of six matches. Villasenor defeated Vujaklija, who is ranked No. 121 in the nation, 6-4, 6-0 in No. 1 action. Lama recorded SIU's only other singles win with a 5-7, 6-4, 10-7 victory over Gubic at No. 3.

    SIU will now prepare for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, which will be hosted by Creighton University. The Salukis earned the No. 5 seed and will face No. 4 Indiana State on Friday, April 27 at 10 a.m.

    Doubles Results:
    No. 1 Sanchez/Breno Salvany (SIU) def. Vujaklija/Gubic (WSU), 8-4
    No. 2 Dos Santos/Ballesta (WSU) def. Villasenor/Lucas Waked (SIU), 8-3
    No. 3 Espirito Santo/Gardner (WSU) def. Lama/Hugo Vidal (SIU), 8-1

    Singles Results:
    No. 1 Felipe Villasenor (SIU) def. No. 121 Goran Vujaklija (WSU), 6-4, 6-0
    No. 2 Tiago Espirito Santo (WSU) def. Sergio Sanchez (SIU), 6-1, 6-2
    No. 3 Rodrigo Lama (SIU) def. Boris Gubic (WSU), 5-7, 6-4, 10-7
    No. 4 Thiago Dos Santos (WSU) def. Lucas Waked (SIU), 6-1, 6-4
    No. 5 Albert Ballesta (WSU) def. Nick Bauer (SIU), 6-1, 6-1
    No. 6 Kevin Gardner (WSU) def. Milos Stankovic (SIU), 6-2, 7-6

     

     

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