Men’s Tennis Knocks Off Racers

Marten Jonsson

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The SIUE men's tennis team picked up its first Ohio Valley Conference victory of the season as they took down Murray State 4-3 Sunday afternoon at the Edwardsville YMCA.

With the win, SIUE improves to 6-4 overall and 1-1 in the OVC.

"We're excited about this win," Head Coach Jason Coomer said.  "The guys fought hard all day against a very talented Murray State team."  

The Cougars got off on the right foot by earning the doubles point, which proved to be crucial. 

The tandems of Marten Jonsson and Nico Kuehn, and Gary Dias and Nicolas Vincent each won their doubles matches.

"Getting off to a quick start in doubles was critical in getting the win today," Coomer added.

In singles, Jonsson, Kuehn, and Stephen Washuta all won their matches to wrap up the victory for SIUE. 

Jonsson and Washuta each won in straight sets, while Kuehn battled back from a set down to earn his seventh singles victory of the season.

"I though this was one of Nico's best matches since he's joined our program," Coomer said.  He very easily could've given up but his desire and will to win pulled him through the match today."

Coomer was also pleased with Jonsson's play, both in singles and in doubles.

"Marten continues to demonstrate why he's one of the best players in our league," Coomer added.  "When he stepped on the court today, his focus was evident and he was able to get us some good results."

Next up for SIUE is a home match against SIU Carbondale Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Results

Doubles

Jonsson/Kuehn (SIUE) def. Taylor/Kennedy (MSU) – 8-4

Jeffers/Camara (MSU) def. Washuta/Tanulanond (SIUE) – 8-6

Dias/Vincent (SIUE) def. Mitric/McLean (MSU) – 8-6

Singles

Jonsson (SIUE) def. Camara (MSU) – 6-0, 6-0

Taylor (MSU) def. Vincent (SIUE) – 7-5, 1-6, 6-4

Jeffers (MSU) def. Perkins (SIUE) – 4-6, 6-2, 6-0

Kennedy (MSU) def. Tanulanond (SIUE) – 6-1, 6-1

Kuehn (SIUE) def. McLean (MSU) – 2-6, 6-1, 6-4

Washuta (SIUE) def. Mitric (MSU) – 6-1, 6-3

Final - SIUE 4, Murray State 3