Southern Illinois Defeats Men's Tennis, 5-2

Ivan Kovalev posted a No. 1 singles win and a doubles victory.
Ivan Kovalev posted a No. 1 singles win and a doubles victory.

March 6, 2005

Hinsdale, Ill.- Sometimes an extended break can help a team rest. Sometimes such a break can give a team some rust.

Unfortunately for the UIC men's tennis team, who hadn't played since February 12th, the latter seemed more appropriate to describe their performance on Saturday night.

The Flames fell behind early in a close doubles frame and were unable to bounce back in singles play, as visiting Southern Illinois downed UIC, 5-2, at the Hinsdale Racquet Club late Saturday.

No. 1 singles player Ivan Kovalev did all he could to keep the Flames in the match, winning his doubles match with Andy Lockhart and downing Alex Nomicos at the top singles spot, 6-3, 6-2.

Paul Glendenning also turned in a fine showing, winning his singles bout over Tomas Gonzalez with a strong 7-6(5), 6-4 win.

But the Flames were unable to squeeze out a close doubles point and fell 4-2 on the singles side to the Salukis (4-5).

It was UIC's first match since February 12th after IUPUI canceled the teams' scheduled February 19th match.

UIC is back in action next Sunday against Horizon League rival Butler in Indianapolis, Ind., at noon.

Southern Illinois 5, UIC 2

SINGLES 1. Ivan Kovalev (UIC) def. Alex Nomicos (SIU) 6-3, 6-2 2. Rodrigo Lama (SIU) def. Karol Zarucki (UIC) 6-4, 6-1 3. Sergio Sanchez (SIU) def. Andy Lockhart (UIC) 6-4, 6-4 4. Paul Glendenning (UIC) def. Tomas Gonzalez (SIU) 7-6(5), 6-4 5. Lukasz Soswa (SIU) def. Eric Fey (UIC) 6-3, 6-1 6. Bojan Ilievski (SIU) def. Enrico Kasjan (UIC) 6-4, 6-7(6), 10-8

DOUBLES 1. Kovalev/Lockhart (UIC) def. Sanchez/Julian Angel Botero (SIU) 9-8(5) 2. Lama/Gonzalez (SIU) def. Glendenning/Zarucki (UIC) 9-8 3. Soswa/Ilievski (SIU) def. Kreymborg/Kasjan (UIC) 8-5