Freshman tennis player Filip Aleksic practices Wednesday at University Courts. Aleksic went 1-12 in his first 13 matches but since Feb. 1 has posted a 6-1 record. His most recent victory was March 8 against Belmont’s Henrik Claesson in Nashville, Tenn. The team will face the Vincennes University Trailblazers Saturday at home. –Lewis Marien | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Saluki bounces back after rough transition

One Saluki tennis player’s season is making a turn for the better. Freshman Filip Aleksic started his career with the Salukis, going just 1-12 in his first 13 matches.  But since Feb. 1 Aleksic has turned his season around, going 6-1 including two ... 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 →
Freshman tennis player Jeremy Dixon practices Friday at the Garden Grove Center in Carbondale. Dixon, the only
team member from the United States, was a second-team All-State honoree and was also ranked fourth in doubles
in the state of Illinois during the 2012-2013 season while playing at Oak Park River Forest High School. SIU is
scheduled to face Northern Illinois University Friday in Rockford.
LEWIS MARIEN · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Tennis team adds walk-on freshman

With only six players on the fall roster, the men’s tennis team added some much needed depth with a walk on from Chicago. Jeremy Dixon, a freshman from Oak Park, joined the tennis team this semester and has begun his second week of practice for the ... 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 →
Sophomore Jonny Rigby works on his forehand stroke Monday during a midday practice. Rigby was able to pick up a 6-2,
6-2 victory against South Dakota State University junior Andrea Boglić in singles action Saturday. The Salukis lost 4-3
overall to SDSU. The team will face Northern Illinois University Jan. 31 in Rockford.
JACOB HAINES · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Dawgs drop pair of matches to open season

The SIU men’s tennis team kicked off the 2014 season with losses against Oklahoma State University Friday and against South Dakota State University Saturday. The Salukis traveled to Stillwater, Okla. for their first matches of the season from the newly ... Continue Reading →

Inspiring player works to continue her success

The SIU women’s tennis team is coming off two consecutive record-setting seasons and owes a portion of that success to junior Natasha Tomishima. Tomishima, from Campo Grande, Brazil, led the team in victories last year and was a top-three player on ... Continue Reading →
Aline Opala, a graduate assistant for the women’s tennis team, re-strings rackets Tuesday at Lingle Hall. As a graduate
assistant, her job consists of helping head coach Audra Anderson and assisting players. Opala, who studied law in France and
is attending graduate school for sports studies, said she has enjoyed her first year here at SIU.
JOHN SCOTT | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Opala brings cultural background to SIU

As an older sibling who was raised in a sports family, Aline Opala has traveled around the world and has landed a position as the SIU tennis graduate assistant. Opala has entered her first year as an assistant to head coach Audra Anderson. Although this ... Continue Reading →
Doubles partners freshman Michal Kianicka, and
sophomore Jonny Rigby converse between plays
Oct. 12 during their 8-6 win against South Dakota
State University. The pair claimed the Missouri
Valley Conference Doubles Championship title
Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa.
SARAH GARDNER | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Tennis wraps up season with championship hardware

The Salukis had a rocky start to the season but a young duo came together at the right time to claim the Missouri Valley Conference Doubles Championship at Drake University during the weekend. Sophomore Jonny Rigby and freshman Michal Kianicka claimed ... 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 →

Salukis battle through minor setbacks

Competing in their third consecutive competition of the season, the Saluki women traveled to St. Louis for their toughest battle thus far. During the three-day Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championship, junior Natasha Tomishima and senior Korey ... Continue Reading →

Women’s Tennis triumphs despite weather conditions

On a breezy Sunday morning the Salukis awaited the start of their first home tournament, but rain covered the tennis courts and prevented the Salukis from competing at the allotted time. During the Fall Classic tournament the Salukis competed against ... Continue Reading →

Men’s tennis finds good in tough losses

The Salukis had trouble finding their rhythm during the weekend in Murfreesboro,Tenn., but were able to grab a few wins against talented opponents. SIU entered the tournament with only six players on its roster. The team is comprised of two freshmen, ... Continue Reading →
SIU men’s tennis coach Dann Nelson draws a diagram for his players Thursday during practice at University Courts. Nelson has high
expectations for his team this season. “Our goal is to win the conference because it’s a reward for all the hard work and the chance to
compete in a national tournament,” Nelson said. The team will play three matches in the Middle Tennessee State University Dale Short
Shootout this weekend in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
ZANE ECKLUND | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Saluki tennis aces offseason

Conditioning has been the name of the game for the SIU Men’s Tennis team the past few weeks. The Salukis are preparing for the Middle Tennessee State University Dale Short Shootout from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Only four players return ... Continue Reading →
ZANE ECKLUND | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Fruitful team bonding

SIU women’s tennis players Meagan Monaghan, Polina Dozortseva, Lauren Hoekstra and coach Audra Anderson participate in a team building exercise Saturday at the Campus Lake Boat Dock. “It is good to do stuff like this so the team gets to know each ... Continue Reading →

SIU take nine straight

The SIU women’s tennis team traveled to Florida and came away with three more victories Tuesday through Friday to extend its winning streak to nine and its season record to 9-1. The Salukis are coming off their first Intercollegiate Tennis Association ... Continue Reading →
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