Men’s tennis hosts Toledo

By Darwin Minnis

Men’s tennis will play Toledo (9-15, 2-0 MAC) at 1 p.m. Saturday at NIU in a match that will likely determine the regular season champion.

The Huskies (16-5, 2-0 MAC) come into this match on a five-game win streak after taking down UIC, 4-0, in Chicago Tuesday. In the No. 6, Carlos Manzanas knocked off UIC’s Christopher Cole, 6-2, 4-0. The Huskies haven’t lost a game since March 11 vs. Southern Mississippi.

Toledo comes into this game on a streak of its own. After losing four straight games, the Rockets have turned things around and won four games, including two against teams in the MAC.

With both teams sitting at 2-0 in conference and with only two more games before the MAC Tournament, Saturday’s winner will be in position to be crowned the regular season champion. Junior Frederic Cadieux said the match will come down to who wants it more.

“This is going to be a very intense match,” Cadieux said. “Whoever gets this wins the regular season. Both teams are going to be playing very hard, but we want to get it.”

In singles, the No. 1 will be played against Toledo’s Mark Singnil. Singnil has put together an impressive season, going 14-3 in the No. 1 position and winning his previous four matches.

The No. 2 position will not be any easier. Stjepan Sisko is 12-4 in the No. 2 position and is on his own three-game win streak.

NIU’s No. 1 doubles team of Axel Lagerlof and Dor Amir will play one of its toughest opponents of the season when it goes up against Garrett Cona and Sisko, who are 12-6 in doubles.