Men’s tennis to start at Middle Tennessee

The SIU men’s tennis team will play its first competition this weekend. The Salukis travel to the fourth-annual Middle Tennessee State University Dale Short Shootout in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to start its season. Matches will be played Friday, Saturday ... Continue Reading →
Lewis Marien • Daily Egyptian
Freshman tennis player Daniel Martinez is one of six freshmen on the men’s tennis team this year. Martinez, of Enid, Okla., was born in Quito, Ecuador, but then
moved to San Antonio where he began playing tennis. Martinez said he is also the only left-handed player on the tennis team. “[Being left-handed] gives you an extra
advantage [over right-handed players] because your spin is different,” Martinez said. The Salukis will open the season at the Middle Tennessee State University
Dale Short Shootout Friday in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Saluki tennis freshman comes prepared

The son of an Air Force pilot, freshman Daniel Martinez spent his childhood living all over the Western Hemisphere. Martinez was born in Quito, Ecuador. When he was four, he moved to San Antonio, where his tennis career began. “I first picked up a racket ... Continue Reading →

SIU men’s tennis reloads with youth

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Saluki senior returns as coach

This summer the SIU men’s tennis coaching staff experienced addition by subtraction from its roster. Rafael Cuadrillero’s 6-2, 6-2 loss to Wichita State University in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship semifinals on April 26 ended his career ... Continue Reading →

Dawgs end season with tough semi-final loss

The SIU men’s tennis team’s season ended Saturday with a loss in the semi-finals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.  The Salukis fell 4-0 to Wichita State University and only managed to win one set in the match. Coach Dann Nelson said ... Continue Reading →

Salukis play final set in MVC tournament

The Salukis’ run at a second-straight appearance in the title match of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship came to an abrupt end Saturday.  The weekend started well for the women’s tennis team, which was ranked second in the seven-team tournament, ... Continue Reading →

Salukis set to open MVC

It has been nearly 30 years since SIU women’s tennis reigned supreme in the Missouri Valley Conference, but this week the team has a chance to return the hardware to Carbondale. Friday marks the beginning of the MVC tournament. For SIU, the three-day ... Continue Reading →
Freshman tennis player Michal Kianicka plays a volley during a doubles match Saturday at University Courts. Kianicka and doubles partner sophomore Jonny Rigby won the match 8-0 keeping them undefeated in the Missouri Valley Conference. Kianicka was ranked the 102, player in the world by the International Tennis Federation.

Young Dawg dominates

The Dawgs’ biggest surprise this season came from one of their youngest players.  Freshman Michal Kianicka has played in the No. 2 spot for the Salukis for most of the season, playing to a 16-10 record in singles action so far in his career. “I ... Continue Reading →
Korey Love, left, and Anita Lee have been doubles partners for two seasons with a record of 31-13. Lee
was named the Missouri Valley Conference Tennis Athlete of the Week Tuesday. She has won the title
three times during her career. Love was named Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete last season.

My odds worsened with a teammate

Communication is key in team sports and journalism, but when two journalists play sports together, it can get ugly.  My challenge this week was a 10-point tiebreaker in tennis against seniors Anita Lee and Korey Love. It was the first and only week ... Continue Reading →
Junior Jorge Cavero celebrates a point during his win against Wichita State’s Tin
Ostojic Friday at University Courts. SIU lost to Wichita State Friday 5-2 and swept
Western Illinois 7-0 Saturday. The men’s tennis team will play Illinois State University
at 1 p.m. Saturday at University Courts.

Dawgs split two matches at home

The Saluki men’s tennis team competed in two of three matches in its final home stand of the season with a tough loss followed by a dominating win. SIU (9-10) returned home to University Courts after a five-match road trip where the Salukis were only ... Continue Reading →
Senior Anita Lee waits as her doubles partner, senior Korey Love,
returns a volley during their 8-7 (2) win against the University of
Evansville doubles team Marketa Trousilova and Marina Moreno
Wednesday at University Courts. SIU won overall bringing its
record to 11-4.

Dawgs topple Evansville’s house of cards

Not even 25 mph wind gusts could cool off the red hot Salukis who won their conference opener against the University of Evansville Purple Aces Tuesday.  As temperatures fell and the wind picked up, the women’s tennis team chugged along getting the ... Continue Reading →
Sophomore tennis player Jonny Rigby returns a hit during his doubles match against Vincennes University at University Courts in Carbondale. Rigby and doubles partner Michal Kianicka defeated Vincennes University sophomores Warren Kuhn and Garrett Mandrell 8-2. The Salukis will travel Friday to Murfreesboro, Tenn., for the Middle Tennessee State University Shootout.

Mid-season review: Men’s tennis

Saluki tennis is on a roll and will look to keep rolling into conference play and the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The Salukis’ spring record currently stands at 7-5, but the team has won seven of its last eight matches dating back to Feb. ... Continue Reading →

Women’s tennis opens conference play Wednesday

Wichita State dominates the Missouri Valley Conference in high profile sports such as basketball and baseball, but the Shockers’ success spans nearly all athletics, including tennis. SIU women’s tennis has been competitive with WSU and in seven years ... Continue Reading →

Senior Saluki fights through tennis injuries

A fast paced sport like tennis is strenuous on the legs and knees and one women’s tennis player has persevered despite her setbacks. Korey Love, a senior from Daytona Beach, Fla. studying radio/television, has been on the team for four years. She enjoyed ... Continue Reading →

Saluki tennis’ biggest fans are themselves

When looking for the biggest supporters of tennis at SIU, look no further than the players themselves. Tennis matches at SIU do not draw the amount of fans basketball and football does, which results in a quiet playing atmosphere for the Salukis. However, ... Continue Reading →
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