WICHITA, Kan. – No 73 Wichita State faces Southern Illinois on Friday at the University Courts in Carbondale, Ill. at 1 p.m.
The Shockers come into Friday's dual-match at 16-7 on the year while 2-0 in Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) play. No. 73 Wichita State has also won six in a row and nine out of their last ten contests.
Ilija Cuic is 11-8 in dual-match play and 9-7 at No. 1 singles. Tin Ostojic (No. 20 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Central Singles Rankings) is 16-2 in dual-match play while 13-1 out of the No. 2 singles spot.
Tomislav Gregurovic is 15-2 in dual-match play and is 12-2 at No. 3 singles.
No. 51 Gregurovic/Ostojic lead the way in doubles play with a 12-6 dual-match mark and at No. 1 doubles. Cuic/Jocelyn Devilliers are 6-6 in dual-match action and 6-4 at the No. 2 doubles spot.
Guillermo Nicol/Guillermo de Vilchez is 9-7 in dual-match play and 7-4 at No. 3 doubles.
MVC Opponent Outlook
Southern Illinois is 8-9 overall and 1-1 in MVC play. The Salukis defeated Bradley 5-2 on April 3, but lost at Drake 6-1 on April 4.
Jonny Rigby is 11-4 in dual-match play and out of the No. 1 singles slot. Jorge Cavero is 11-5 in dual-match play, but 7-1 at the No. 2 singles slot.
Kianicka/Rigby is 10-4 in dual-match doubles play and out of No. 1 doubles. The team of Cavero/Szymon Opieczonek is 11-5 in dual-match doubles action and 7-5 out of No. 2 doubles.
Shocks Return to the ITA National Rankings as a Team
Heading into Friday’s contest with Southern Illinois, the Shockers are ranked No. 73 in the latest ITA National Rankings. In last week’s poll, the Shockers were unranked.
Gregurovic/Ostojic Nationally Ranked as a Doubles Team
For the first time this season, a Shocker doubles pairing earned a national ranking in the ITA’s National Doubles Rankings. The team of Gregurovic/Ostojic comes in at No. 51 in this week’s ITA National Doubles Rankings.
No. 73 Wichita State/Southern Illinois Brief Regular Season Match History
The Shockers are 6-1 in their last seven regular season meetings with Southern Illinois. Their only loss to the Salukis during that time was on April 11, 2009 when they lost 4-3.
Last Week’s Action
MVC play began as the Shockers won their last two home dual-matches of the 2014 season. To view their complete recaps, click on the links below:
Illinois State 0, Wichita State 4 Complete Recap
Bradley 0, Wichita State 4 Complete Recap (Senior Day)
10 out of the No. 1 Singles Slot
Cuic currently is 9-7 at the No. 1 singles spot. If he wins his singles match against Southern Illinois, he’ll have his tenth win of the season from No. 1 singles.
Live stats will be unavailable for Friday’s match. Results will be posted following the completion of play.