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 →
Junior sprinter McKenzie White, left, sophomore tennis player
Jonny Rigby and senior tennis player Anita Lee talk strategy
Monday at the Recreation Center before the final Aaron vs. Athletes
dodgeball challenge.
JENNIFER GONZALEZ · DAILY EGYPTIAN

The true underdog story fell short

If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball. Americans first heard that line in “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” nearly 10 years ago. If someone threw a wrench at me, there is no way I would let it hit me, even if it came from a Division I athlete’s ... 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.
SARAH SCHNEIDER · DAILY EGYPTIAN

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 →
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.
SARAH SCHNEIDER · DAILY EGYPTIAN

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 →

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 →
Junior Jonny Rigby plays singles in the number one spot
for SIU men’s tennis team. Rigby has won his past four
singles matches and past three doubles matches with
partner Michal Kianicka. Rigby and Kianicka won the 2013
MVC Individuals Doubles Championship, the first double
title in 23 years for SIU. “I was really shocked to win the
doubles, to be honest,” Rigby says. “It was a great moment.”
JENNIFER GONZALEZ · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Fashion is my only future in tennis

The only possible career in tennis for me is creating a clothing line for players. This week, I challenged sophomore Jonny Rigby to four games of tennis. In the total of four games combined, I scored just one point and that was because of a double fault ... Continue Reading →
Freshman tennis player Jeremy Dixon competes in his first career match
against Chicago State University Saturday at the Garden Grove Event
Center in Carbondale. Dixon lost his first career match to Rashley Yeremia
Saturday 6-1, 3-6, 11-9. SIU will face off against Eastern Illinois State
University Saturday in Carbondale.
ROBERT OLSON · FOR THE DAILY EGYPTIAN

Men’s tennis sweeps weekend at home

The men’s tennis team began the weekend with slight momentum, but will have plenty to build off of before their next match. The Salukis started their first home stand of the year Friday against Austin Peay State University, and continued Saturday against ... Continue Reading →

Salukis build confidence with first win over SLU

The SIU men’s tennis team picked up its first win of the season Friday in dominant fashion over St. Louis University 6-1, while dropping only two matches. The Salukis started off the match against the Billikens by winning two of three matches to take ... Continue Reading →
Rafael Cuadrillero, a senior from Madrid, Spain, majoring in civil engineering, practices Monday at University Courts. Cuadrillero leads the team with a 3.74 grade point average and was a Missouri Valley Conference first-team scholar-athlete selection for the 2012-2013 season. The team will face Northern Illinois University Jan. 31 in Rockford.
JAKE HAINES · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Senior leads on and off court

More than 4,300 miles and an ocean separate a senior tennis player from the place he grew up and his new found home. Rafael Cuadrillero was born in Madrid, but moved across the Atlantic to play collegiate tennis at SIU. Cuadrillero, who goes by ‘Rafa’ ... Continue Reading →
Doubles partners freshman Michal Kianicka, and sophomore Jonny Rigby converse between plays Saturday during their 8-6 win against South Dakota State University. SIU hosted SDSU and Eastern Illinois Univeristy for the SIU Fall Classic Saturday at University Courts. Kianicka was one of three Salukis to win all their matches during the tournament.
Sarah Gardner | Daily Egyptian

Men’s tennis weathers the storm

Tyler Dixon Daily Egyptian A Saturday morning storm couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Salukis as they finished the tournament with impressive wins over South Dakota State and Eastern Illinois. The Jackrabbits and Panthers visited Carbondale on Saturday ... Continue Reading →
Sophomore tennis player Jonny Rigby practices Friday at University Courts. Rigby held a 15-3 singles record last year,
making him the leading player for singles. The men’s team’s first match will be Sept. 20 in Murfreesboro, Tenn., for the Middle
Tennessee State University Dale Short Shootout.
ALEXA ROGALS | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Sophomore finds home away from home

  Tennis player Jonny Rigby left his home country, his favorite football club and cold weather when he made the trip to Carbondale last year to extend his tennis career. Rigby finished last season with a 15-3 singles record and a 4-1 conference ... Continue Reading →

Shockers down Dawgs, take No. 3 seed

  The Salukis’ 6-1 loss to Wichita State decided the fight for the top three Missouri Valley Conference tennis spots. With two losses by Drake University (23-2, 5-0) and a win over the Shockers (15-7, 4-1 MVC), the Salukis (12-5, 3-2 MVC) could ... Continue Reading →

Dawgs scorch Trailblazers without hottest player

The Saluki men’s tennis team played for the first time outside at home Saturday and defeated the Vincennes Trailblazers, 6-1. Coach Dann Nelson said it felt good to beat the Trailblazers after the team’s previous experiences against Vincennes. “The ... Continue Reading →

Salukis finish fall season, look toward spring

The men’s tennis team competed in its last fall season event at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Division Regionals during the weekend, where it found success in doubles and made progress in singles play. The Salukis saw a mix of positives ... Continue Reading →

Results mixed for All-American men’s tennis

The Salukis faced some of the toughest individual competition they will see all year during the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s All-American. The singles tournament, which was held on the University of Tulsa’s campus Saturday, featured more than ... Continue Reading →
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