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Men’s tennis falls twice

The Braves had an unsuccessful road trip with two shut out losses at Illinois-Chicago and Northern Illinois this past weekend.
Bradley squared off against the Flames on Saturday and dropped all their singles and doubles matches.
Juniors Milos Romic and Callen Fraychineaud narrowly missed a victory losing their doubles match by a slim margin of 8-7.
The pairings of freshman Mitch Osborne and junior Richard Robertson also lost, and the Flames finished the sweep with a win over Bradley seniors Evgeny Samoylov and Michel Macara-chvili to claim the doubles point.
The Braves then continued their woes and could not stop the Flames in the rest of their matches.
In the top singles position, Romic pushed his opponent, Sebastian Lystad, to the limit but could not prevail, as he fell 7-6, 7-6.
In No. 2 singles, Fraychineaud fell against Bastian Harbo 6-1, 7-6, while Danny Wilson gave the Flames a victory at No. 3 by a score of 6-0, 6-2 over Samoylov.
“The guys are fighting,” coach Jesse Plote said. “We just need to take advantage of the opportunities that are given to us.”
On Sunday, the Braves tried to bounce back against the Huskies, but once again could not produce a single victory.
The Huskies took an early lead by winning all three doubles matches and continued their onslaught from there.
In the top singles position, Romic gained a victory in the first set of the match, but his opponent, Jurica Grubisic, extended it to three sets and Romic fell in the second set 6-1, and eventually dropped the tie-breaker by a 10-4 decision.
Plote said things were just not going their way.
“Milos played a great match and he really competed well,” he said. “His opponent was very good and just outplayed him.”
Osborne was also able to win a set in the sixth singles position, but ultimately lost to the Huskies’ Ross VanderPloeg in a 2-6, 6-0, 6-0 decision.
Plote said they faced some really tough competition last weekend and that is a reason why they struggled.
He also said the team will try to have a good practice this week to try to stay motivated.
“We just need to regroup a little and make sure that our singles guys know what they need to do to help the team succeed,” Plote said.
The Braves will resume play at home at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Clubs at River City against Wright State.
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