Men’s tennis to face Toledo in conference matchup


Sophomore Tom Hjertonsson returns a volley in a match against Eastern Illinois University on Jan. 30. Hjertonsson won his singles match on Saturday, but the Huskies lost to Ball State overall by a score of 4-3.

By Patrick Smith

Men’s tennis (14-7, 2-2 MAC) will look to defeat the University of Toledo (7-14, 0-4 MAC) as the teams face off in a conference matchup Sunday.

The Huskies are riding a two-game losing streak — their longest streak since 2014. They are 10-4 at home but are coming off of losses to Western Michigan University on March 25 and Ball State University on Saturday.

“It’s really do or die at this moment,” said head coach Patrick Fisher. “We [have] to have a big performance this week. If we can’t pull it off on Sunday we’re going to have a huge mountain to climb. This is [the] most important week [of] this season.”

The Huskies and Rockets last met on April 11 last season — NIU won 5-2, part of a five-game winning streak the team had toward the end of the year.

“We think that the home court advantage will work in our favor if we’re on campus,” Fisher said. “I think the team has a sense of urgency and I think our guys need to reevaluate what our goals are. That’s what it really comes down to.”

Matches will start at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the West Tennis Courts. NIU will move to 15-7 with a win.