MACOMB, Ill. - Fighting Leatherneck men's tennis recorded their second straight win 4-3 over Chicago State on Sunday (April 1). The victory gives Western Illinois a 4-10 overall record.
In doubles play, the No. 2 tandem of Capalbo and Andrew Yopp won their match 8-5, while No. 1 duo of Hammers and Yue dropped an 8-3 decision.
Western Illinois took No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles matches by default over Chicago State to round out scoring and record the 4-3 final advantage.
The Leathernecks return to the court on Wednesday (April 4) at 2 p.m. for a dual match with Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Ill.
COACH KANE'S MATCH NOTES:
"It was a great team win for us today. What an exciting match. Jim Capalbo played a great No. 3 singles match to give us a 4-3 victory."
"Jim was up 3-1 in the third set, played a little cautious and fell behind 4-3. He then volleyed tremendously in the next two games to go ahead 5-4. Serving for the match at 5-4, Jim had two match points which he priceeded to lose, and then lost the game to make it 5-5. It's really hard to come back when you've lost match points. It's so discouraging to be one point from victory and not win. Jim regained his composure, attacked even with the pressure mounting, and took the last two games for the 7-5 third set victory. What a great 4-3 win for the Leathernecks."
"The unsung heroes were Andrew Yopp and Jim Capalbo who came from way behind to win the No. 2 doubles match for us, and the critical doubles point. Andrew and Jim were down 3-0 and then 5-1. They started putting more service returns in play, and it paid dividends as they stormed to an 8-5 come-from-behind victory. It was a tremendous turnaround, and their clinching of the doubles point gave us great momentum going into singles play."
"I'm very proud of this team. They've given me their best effort every match this year. It would have been easy to pack it in when four of your six starters go down. They haven't done that. And now it's great to see some of our recent additions, such as Andrew Yopp, make important contributions to our team victories."