PEORIA, Ill. -- Bradley's attempt to rally from a 3-1 deficit fell short in a tense tie-breaker Sunday as the Braves (2-7) suffered a 4-3 men's tennis loss to visiting UIC at the Clubs at River City North.
The Flames (3-4) grabbed the early lead by sweeping the first two doubles matches to finish, but Bradley pulled even when senior Arthur Romanet breezed to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles.
Illinois-Chicago took control, however by earning the next two points with wins at Nos. 1 and 6 singles. Senior Ashton Kalhorn kept the Braves alive with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles and freshman Nico Rakitin knotted the team score at 3-3 with his 7-5, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles.
The team victory came down to the lone match on the courts, the No. 4 singles contest between Bradley freshman Daniel Tiboldi and UIC's Isaac Lloveras. Lloveras took the first set, 6-2, and held a 5-1 lead in the second set before Tiboldi stormed back for a 7-6 win to force a third set. The players again battled into a tie-breaker, but this time Lloveras prevailed, 7-4, to secure the UIC victory.
Bradley will return to action Wednesday when the Braves host Eastern Illinois in a 1 p.m. dual at the Clubs at River City.