ST. LOUIS, Mo. – IUPUI men’s tennis dropped a close 3-4 match at Saint Louis on Sunday to close out the non-conference season for the Jags.
Saint Louis took the No. 2 doubles match 6-2 but IUPUI bounced back with a 6-3 win at No. 1 by Alex Jochim and Emil Jankowski. The No. 3 match was won by Saint Louis 7-5 as the Billikens took the doubles point.
Saint Louis started the singles matches with a win at No. 1 but IUPUI tied up the match with wins at No. 5 by Jankowski (6-2, 6-2) and the No. 4 match by Colton Morehart (6-2, 6-3). ­After losing the No. 3 singles match, IUPUI tied up the match 3-3 as Blessing Benibo earned a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 win at No. 6. The No. 2 match came down the three sets but after winning the first set 6-3, Ethan Mardanus-Budiono lost the next two sets 6-2, 6-1.
IUPUI will be on the road next weekend for matches at UIC on Saturday (April 17) and Sunday (April 18).
Singles competition
1. Oscar Alvarez (SLU-M) def. Jochim,Alex (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-2
2. Theo Ortis (SLU-M) def. Mardanus-Budiono,E (IUPUI) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
3. Ryota Fukushima (SLU-M) def. Bailey,Sean (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-3
4. Morehart,Colton (IUPUI) def. Pavel Badaiants (SLU-M) 6-2, 6-3
5. Jankowski,Emil (IUPUI) def. Adam Behun (SLU-M) 6-2, 6-2
6. Benibo,Blessing (IUPUI) def. Ignacio Tintore (SLU-M) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Jankowski,Emil/Jochim,Alex (IUPUI) def. Oscar Alvarez/Adam Behun (SLU-M) 6-3
2. Pavel Badaiants/Ignacio Tintore (SLU-M) def. Mardanus-Budiono,E/Bailey,Sean (IUPUI) 6-2
3. Theo Ortis/Ryota Fukushima (SLU-M) def. Benibo,Blessing/Morehart,Colton (IUPUI) 7-5
Match Notes:
IUPUI 4-10
Saint Louis 8-5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,4,3,6,2)

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