Men’s tennis falls 1-6 to Western Michigan

By Marcel Carrasco

DeKALB — The men’s tennis team dropped their third Mid-American Conference match of the season when they lost to Western Michigan University Friday.

With Friday’s loss, the Huskies have been swept in a two-match conference series this season and are winless against Western Michigan since the 2014-15 season when NIU edged the Broncos 4-3 in a home conference match.

NIU fell 1-6 to the Broncos, making it the third time this season the Huskies have put up only one point in a match.

The first matchup for both teams saw the Broncos shutout the Huskies 0-7 on March 16 in NIU’s first conference match of the season.

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The Huskies fell short in doubles play, handing the one point lead to the Broncos. Juniors Bor Schweiger Muzar and David Pata took care of juniors Jannik Opitz and Kennosuke Nouchi, 6-4.

The Broncos took the lead with victories over first-year Mikko Malinen and sophomore Victor Spolidorio. The Huskie pair faced first-years Peter Kuszynski and Jack Randall in a 3-6 loss.

Redshirt-senior Eric Marbach and senior Erich Schuette were defeated 7-6 by senior Lenhard Haupt and Nick Schnobel.

In singles play, Schwiger Muzar was the lone Huskie to earn a victory. He defeated senior Matej Svjetlicic in a competitive three-set match, 6-1, 4-6, 10-4.

Huskie junior Shao-Yu Yu fell to Schnobel 2-6 and 0-6, making him the only Huskie to be shutout in the matches.

Marbech battled hard but was edged out by Opitz 6-7 and 5-7. Malinen fell to Kuszynski 4-6, 1-6 while Pata fell to Haupt 2-6, 3-6. Spolidorio faced Nouchi and fell to the Bronco 3-6 and 2-6.