WICHITA, Kan. - The Creighton men's tennis team suffered a 4-0 setback to Southern Illinois in a Missouri Valley Tournament (MVC) quarterfinal hosted by Wichita State at the Crestview Country Club Friday afternoon.
No. 6 seed Creighton (7-11) could not claim a point against No. 3 seed Southern Illinois (13-5). The Salukis opened the day by taking two doubles matches to claim the first team point then went on to claim the first three singles matches.
At No. 1 doubles Southern Illinois’ Brandon Florez and Martijn Admiraal posted an 8-5 defeat of the CU pairing of senior Ryan Norman and freshman Nick Thompson. SIU clinched the doubles point on court three by the same result as the Saluki team of Szymon Opieczonek and Jorge Cavero knocked off the Creighton duo of freshman August Nysted and sophomore Elliott Baker.
The CU tandem of senior Sean Mathison and freshman Brandon Lee led 7-6 over SIU’s Badr Cherradi and Jonny Rigby on court two when the match was halted.
The Salukis moved ahead 2-0 with a victory at No. 4 singles as Rigby topped Lee 6-2, 6-0. Martijn Admiraal of SIU claimed the third point of the match with a 6-1, 6-3 decision over Bluejay freshman Anthony Rauschenbach on court six. SIU’s Badr Cherradi clinched the team match point with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Baker at No. 3 singles.
Mathison, Norman and CU freshman Quinn Dippel were all at least two sets into their matches when the contest was called. Mathison and Florez split sets and were beginning a third on court one. Norman and Cavero were also headed for a potential third set, approaching a 1-1 split at No. 2 singles. Dippel found himself one game away from a team point with a 5-2 lead in the second over Rafael Cuadrillero on court five.
The result marks the final MVC match for the Bluejays.
No. 6 Creighton vs. No. 3 Southern Illinois Apr 26, 2013 at Wichita, Kan. (Crestview Country Club)
Southern Illinois 4, Creighton 0
1. Brandon Florez (SIU) vs. Sean Mathison (CU) 6-1, 2-6, 1-0, unfinished
2. Jorge Cavero (SIU) vs. Ryan Norman (CU) 5-7, 4-0, unfinished