CHAMPAIGN, Ill.— The Illinois State men’s tennis team returns to action this weekend when six Redbirds head to Urbana-Champaign, Illinois to compete in the ITA Midwest Regional Championship starting Thursday hosted by the University of Illinois.
The tournament is scheduled for Oct. 20-24, with matches being played at the Atkins Tennis Center and the Dodds Tennis Center. Matches taking place at the Atkins Tennis Center will be live streamed for fans as well as have live scoring for fans to follow along with.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend. We’ve got arguably the toughest region in the country, so the guys will have some great competition this weekend,” ISU head coach Mark Klysner said. I’m excited to see six of our guys in the singles portion of the draws and three doubles teams in the main draw as well. I’m really just looking for some good results and let’s see if we can take some matches off of the power five programs.”
The tournament consists of 16 teams from the Midwest region, including ISU, Illinois, Michigan, UIC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Western Michigan, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Youngstown State, DePaul, Cleveland State, Marquette, Michigan State, Toledo, Wisconsin , Eastern Illinois and Chicago States.
Singles action for the ‘Birds will see Arvid Hjalte compete against NIU’s Jason Hsiang Lee; Emiliano Gonzales goes head-to-head with EIU’s Thomas Wallace; Melker Isaksson faces NIU’s Armin Koshtoyan; Adrian Dibildox wants to face EIU’s Pau Riera; Dominick Cuchran wants to face Cleveland State’s Kade Mindry;
Action gets started with Round of 32 qualifiers on Thursday at 9 am, followed by Round of 16 qualifiers at 1:30 pm
The Redbirds last competed two weekends ago at home at the annual Redbird Invitational where the ‘Birds would take home two flight championships in doubles. Arvid Hjalte and Adrian Dibildox would also lead the way in singles, going a perfect 6-0 combined for the weekend.
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