Redbird Split Tuesday Doubleheader in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – It was a busy day for Illinois State on Tuesday in Sin City, as the Redbirds competed in a pair of matches in Las Vegas as part of their annual spring break trip. In the morning, ISU picked up a 4-2 win over Grand Canyon, before falling to Northern Arizona in the nightcap by a score of 4-0.

“I couldn’t be prouder of my guys today. We came out and played a nationally ranked program in Grand Canyon and what a match it was,” ISU head coach Mark Klysner said. “We have been really playing some strong doubles as of late and that continued today with a nice doubles point to get us going. Singles was a dog fight, but what an effort by each guy on their respective courts to never give up even when times got tight, we just looked like we wanted it a little more. Overall, it was such a well-played college tennis match on both sides. “

In the morning match against Grand Canyon, the Redbirds picked up the early doubles point as the No. 2 team of Melker Isaksson and Diego Le Gal Perez defeated Jiri Novak and Adrien Coulome by a score of 6-3 to get things started. A win by the No. 1 duo of Arvid Hjalte and Zane Kohrs then picked up a 6-4 win over GCU’s Martim Marujo and Mariano Argote to secure the doubles point.

ISU’s lead grew to 3-0 after wins by Le Gal Perez at No. 3 singles and Nam Pham at No. 1. Grand Canyon then fought back to win a pair of matches at No. 5 and No. 6 to narrow the ISU advantage to 3-2, but a win by Pol Botifoll Rius at No. 2 in three sets secured the victory for the Redbirds.

“The evening match was tough playing a top 50 ranked program and we gave them everything we had left from earlier,” Klysner continued. “We had a couple starters out with injuries from the earlier match, but we really came close to winning the doubles point again and fought so hard in singles. Now we finish up tomorrow against UNLV.”
The Redbirds are back in action tomorrow against the Rebels to wrap up their Las Vegas spring break trip.

MATCH 1: Illinois State (4), Grand Canyon (2) Singles Competition
1. Nam Pham (ILS) def. Jiri Novak (GCU) 7-6, 6-4
2. Pol Botifoll Rius (ILS) def. Mariano Argote (GCU) 7-6, 4-6, 6-0
3. Diego Le Gal Perez (ILS) def. Freddie Grant (GCU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Martim Marujo (GCU) vs. Diego Emilio Moura Herrera (ILS) 6-4, 6-7, 5-4 unfinished
5. Loic Van Zeggelaar (GCU) def. Arvid Hjalte (ILS) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
6. Stanislas De Samucewicz (GCU) def. Dominick Cuchran (ILS) 7-5, 6-1

Doubles Competition
1. Arvid Hjalte/Zane Kohrs (ILS) def. Martim Marujo / Mariano Argote (GCU) 6-4
2. Melker Isaksson/Diego Le Gal Perez (ILS) def. Jiri Novak / Adrien Coulome (GCU) 6-3
3. Nam Pham/Ming-Chieh Chiu (ILS) vs. Freddie Grant / Loic Van Zeggelaar (GCU) 4-4 unfinished

MATCH 2: Northern Arizona (4), Illinois State (0)
Singles Competition

1. Facundo Tumosa (NAU) vs. Nam Pham (ILS) 7-5, 6-6 unfinished
2. Eban Straker-Meads (NAU) vs. Melker Isaksson (ILS) 6-7, 4-0 unfinished
3. Dominik Buzonics (NAU) def. Diego Emilio Moura Herrera (ILS) 6-3, 7-5
4. Maciej Ziomber (NAU) def. Arvid Hjalte (ILS) 6-1, 6-2
5. Alex Groves (NAU) def. Dominick Cuchran (ILS) 6-4, 6-3
6. Joachim Schaefer (NAU) vs. Zane Kohrs (ILS) 1-6, 6-3, 5-2 unfinished

Doubles Competition
1. Facundo Tumosa / Eban Straker-Meads (NAU) def. Arvid Hjalte/Zane Kohrs (ILS) 7-5
2. Dominik Buzonics / Alex Groves (NAU) def. Melker Isaksson/Diego Le Gal Perez (ILS) 6-3
3. Nam Pham/Ming-Chieh Chiu (ILS) vs. Maciej Ziomber / Daniel Dillon (NAU) 5-6 unfinished

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