Salukis to Host Senior Day Against Illinois State on Saturday

    Rafael Cuadrillero will be honored for Senior Day at Saturday's 1 p.m. match against Illinois State.

    Rafael Cuadrillero will be honored for Senior Day at Saturday's 1 p.m. match against Illinois State.
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    April 18, 2014

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois men's tennis team hosts Illinois State in the regular season finale at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the University Courts. The match will serve as Senior Day for Rafael Cuadrillero and graduating junior Jorge Cavero and is also the Maroon Match, where fans can get free food and drinks while they last.

    The match is the final match of the regular season for both Illinois State and SIU. Both teams come into the match with a 1-2 record in the Missouri Valley Conference, so the winner of the match will get the No. 3 seed in the MVC Tournament.

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    The Southern Illinois men's tennis team closed out the MTSU Shootout with its third-straight loss on Sunday. The Salukis (7-8) dropped a 4-1 decision to Illinois State (6-9).

    In singles play, Jorge Cavero will be trying for a perfect MVC singles record. He currently sits at 3-0--the only MVC player with a perfect 3-0 record at No. 2 singles. Michal Kianicka and Jonny Rigby will also be trying to go 4-0 at No. 1 doubles. The duo is the Valley's only undefeated doubles tandem at No. 1 doubles and have beaten nationally ranked doubles teams from Drake and Wichita State earlier in the year.

    A win would secure SIU a top-three finish in the MVC for a third-straight year. The Salukis and Redbirds met earlier this year at the MTSU Shootout in a non-conference match. Southern dropped the match 4-1, though the match was competitive, with SIU nearly taking the doubles point and two singles matches going to a third set.

    Jorge Cavero was the 2011 Freshman of the Year and was named to the 2011 MVC All-Select team. He is a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete selection and has won 54 matches in his SIU career. The Lima, Peru, native is majoring in business and has won 33 doubles matches in his career.



    Rafael Cuadrillero is a three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete selection. The senior from Madrid, Spain, has won 24 singles matches and six doubles matches in his career. He is majoring in civil engineering.