Sept. 22, 2013
MURFREESBORO, Tenn.--The Southern Illinois men's tennis team kicked-off its fall season this weekend competing in a three-day tournament at Middle Tennessee State University.
The Dale Short Shootout was a mock dual format in which Southern had three doubles matches and six singles matches over the course of the weekend.
"We didn't do as well as we hoped this weekend," said SIU head coach Dann Nelson. "We had some bright spots in doubles play where we really competed but we need to improve in singles play."
Joining the Salukis were competitors from Lipscomb, University of Alabama at Birmingham and host MTSU.
Day One Results
Sophomore Jonny Rigby made his season debut Friday afternoon picking up his first singles win of the season. Rigby topped Ettore Zitto of Middle Tennessee 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
The Salukis struggled the remainder of the day dropping three singles matches and two doubles matches.
Day Two Results
Southern Illinois rebounded on day two recording three wins. Szymon Opieczonek bested his competitor from Lipscomb 6-2, 6-7 for Southern's lone singles win.
Day Three Results
Michal Kianicka carried his momentum from Saturday to his singles match on Sunday, topping Mitchell Martel of UAB 6-1, 6-4.
"It was great to see Michal (Kianicka) get his first wins as a Saluki this weekend," Nelson said.
The Salukis struggled the remainder of the day dropping three doubles matches.
"This weekend really showed us that we have a lot of things we can improve on moving forward," Nelson said. "We need to improve our conditioning and work on our singles strategies and tactics."
Southern Illinois continues its fall season next weekend at the ITA All-American in Tulsa, Oklahoma.