CARBONDALE, Ill. - Despite a strong day from Max Cederkall, Southern Illinois topped the Leatherneck men's tennis team by a 6-1 score at Sportsblast in Carbondale on Sunday (Feb. 24).
The Salukis improve to 4-2 on the season, while Western Illinois moves to 7-10 overall.
Cederkall picked up the lone win at fourth singles by a 6-4, 6-3 margin.
Teamed with Brandon Meeker, Cederkall was also leading 6-5 at third doubles when SIU clinched the doubles point, leaving the contest unfinished.
Bradley Holt lost a pair of tight matches, falling 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 at top singles. Holt also teamed with Mitch Granger in a losing effort at top doubles, 8-6.
Western will look to snap its two-match skid next Wednesday (March 6) as it travels to Bradley for a single nonconference contest at 6 p.m., before gearing up for a pair of Big Ten opponents over the weekend in Wisconsin and Northwestern.
Southern Illinois 6, Western Illinois 1
1. Brandon Florez (SIU) def. Bradley Holt (WIU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
2. Jorge Cavero (SIU) def. Ben Yue (WIU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Badr Cherradi (SIU) def. Mitch Granger (WIU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Max Cederkall (WIU) def. Rafael Cuadrillero (SIU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Jonny Rigby (SIU) def. Chris Bunch (WIU) 6-0, 6-1
6. Martijn Admiraal (SIU) def. Brandon Meeker (WIU) 6-0, 6-2
1. Brandon Florez/Martijn Admiraal (SIU) def. Mitch Granger/Bradley Holt (WIU) 8-6
2. Badr Cherradi/Jonny Rigby (SIU) def. Chris Bunch/Ben Yue (WIU) 8-1
3. Jorge Cavero/Szymon Opieczonek (SIU) vs. Max Cederkall/Brandon Meeker (WIU) 5-6, unfinished