Eagles complete Crossover with pair of wins



PLAINFIELD, Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Tennis concluded the GLVC/GLIAC Crossover with a pair of wins, as the 34th-ranked Screaming Eagles defeated Northwood 7-2 Saturday night and Rockhurst 5-4 this morning.

In the match against Northwood, USI (12-6) took a 3-0 lead after sweeping doubles. Sophomore James Hardiman (Backwell Bristol, United Kingdom) and freshman Denis Davydov (Chorvatsky Grob, Slovakia) picked up the first point at number one with an 8-3 win. Senior Aaron Barris (Marietta, Georgia) and junior Samuel Kiladejo (London, England) were winners at number two, taking an 8-6 victory. The Eagles completed the doubles sweep when sophomores Andrew Dones (Georgetown, Indiana) and Ilia Karelin (Ekaterinburg, Russia) tallied a back-and-forth, 9-8 (7-4) win at number three.

Hardiman was challenged at number one singles in three sets, but picked up the 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5) victory. Davydov secured the victory for the Eagles with a 6-2, 6-4 win at number two. Barris and Karelin won their matches at numbers four and five, respectively, to give the match its final tally.

This morning against Rockhurst, USI had a 2-1 advantage after doubles play before splitting singles. Barris and Kiladejo won at number two doubles 9-8 (8-6), while Karelin and Dones grabbed the win at number three, 8-5.

At number one singles, Hardiman defeated Jonas Stropus 6-2, 6-2. Also picking up wins were Barris, who won 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), at number four, and Karelin won at number five 6-3, 6-0.

The Eagles return home next week for a regional matchup against Grand Valley State Friday at 10 a.m. at the USI Tennis Courts.

#34 Southern Indiana 7, Northwood 2
Mar 18, 2017 at Plainfield, Illinois (Five Star Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. James Hardiman (USI) def. Austin Woody (NU) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5)
2. Denis Davydov (USI) def. Kobus Sauerman (NU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Francois Sauerrman (NU) def. Samuel Kiladejo (USI) 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
4. Aaron Barris (USI) def. David Reinauer (NU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Ilia Karelin (USI) def. Hayden Drury (NU) 6-0, 6-1
6. Ivan Medvynskyi (NU) def. Andrew Dones (USI) 6-4, 6-3


Doubles competition
1. James Hardiman/Denis Davydov (USI) def. Austin Woody/Kobus Sauerman (NU) 8-3
2. Aaron Barris/Samuel Kiladejo (USI) def. Francois Sauerrman/David Reinauer (NU) 8-6
3. Andrew Dones/Ilia Karelin (USI) def. Hayden Drury/Ivan Medvynskyi (NU) 9-8 (7-4)


Match Notes
Northwood 3-6
Southern Indiana 11-6; National ranking #34
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,2,4,5,3,6)


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