DES MOINES Iowa - Six players on the Illinois State men's tennis team won their singles matches Friday in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships.
Alban Renard, competing at No. 1 singles, earned a 6-0, 6-1 win for ISU over Rodrigo Lama. Djordje Uskokovic ousted Simon Thornewill of Indiana State, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, to improve his record to 4-0 on the season.
"Djordje served well and fought hard," said Redbird coach Greg Kennett. "He got the job done. They were both good wins."
Bloomington High School graduate Oscar Beich overcame a loss in his first set to beat Chris Eldon of Indiana State, 4-6, 6-2 and 7-6 (1). Luka Marinkovic also had a win in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, to improve his record to 3-0.
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Other singles winners for the Redbirds were Daniel Tobar at no. 6 and Tim Link at No. 7.
In doubles action, ISU dropped two of its three matches. Marinkovic and Tobar were victorious for ISU, beating Marko Marevic and Evgeny Samoylov, 8-2.
"Overall it was a great first day. We haven't accomplished much yet, but we have to bear down for tomorrow," said Kennett. "I would like to see all of them in the finals."
Action resumes at noon today.