April 23, 2007
By Ryan Shaw
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.
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.
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
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
|Friday, Jan 17|
|Men's Tennis||Stillwater, Ok.||1:00 PM|
|Saturday, Jan 18|
|Men's Tennis||Stillwater, Ok.||10:00 AM|
|Friday, Jan 31|
|Men's Tennis||Rockford, Ill.||5:00 PM|
|Saturday, Feb 1|
|Men's Tennis||Rockford, Ill.||10:00 AM|