Men’s tennis wins fifth consecutive match

By Zac Camacho

DeKalb — The men’s tennis team completed a weekend sweep Friday at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford with victories against Saint Louis University and University of Nebraska-Omaha.

NIU beat Omaha 4-3 and Saint Louis 7-0 to improve to 5-1 on the year and five straight wins.

Friday Morning – The University of Nebraska-Omaha

The Huskies won the doubles point, beating Omaha at the No. 2 and No. 3.

Senior Georg Lundkvist and sophomore Bor Schweiger Muzar defeated sophomore Nathan Reekie and junior Alex Woodward 7-6 at the No. 2.

Senior Louis-Philippe Hamel and senior Tom Hjertonsson took down junior Matt Dunn and sophomore Luke Moorhead from Ohama 6-2 at the No. 3.

“I’m happy for these eight guys. They have worked so hard, and it’s showed with our early season success,” said Head Coach Patrick Fisher.

The singles matches were split even with NIU winning at the No. 3, 5 and 6. Redshirt freshman Kristopher Ortega beat Reekie 6-1, 6-3 at the No.3.

Hamel beat Woodward 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 5, and freshman Victor Spolidorio defeated Moorhead from Omaha 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 6.

Friday Afternoon – Saint Louis University

NIU won all but one of its matches against Saint Louis in the second match of the day.

The Huskies won at the No. 1 and the No. 3 doubles, earning the point and jumping out to a 1-0 lead.

NIU piled on the score by winning every singles match.

At the No. 1, redshirt senior Eric Marbach beat senior David Ferragut 6-3, 6-1. Ortega beat John Nogalski from Saint Louis 6-1, 6-0.

NIU went on to beat Saint Louis at the No. 3, 4 and 5.

Spolidorio improved his singles record to 3-0 with a win at the No. 6, defeating sophomore Justin Nogalski 6-3, 7-5.

“We have played a lot of tennis the past two days, and we have improved, but I think we have so much more growth and potential,” Fisher said.

The Huskies have a week off until their next match against Cleveland State University and Case Western University 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion in Cleveland.