Men’s tennis upset in MAC Tournament

By Darwin Minnis

Men’s tennis lost its semi-finals match of the MAC Tournament to Buffalo (11-7) 4-2 Friday morning.

This is the third year in a row the Huskies have lost in the MAC Tournament, last year losing in the finals.

The Huskies were the No. 1 seed heading into the match after beating Buffalo last week and going undefeated in MAC regular season play, but they failed to get the win, which knocked them out of the tournament.

“Buffalo played hard, and they showed why they made it to the finals,” said head coach Patrick Fisher. “It was a tough loss all the way around.”

NIU started off well, taking the doubles point. In the No. 1, Axel Lagerlof and Dor Amir finished their successful season as a duo with an 8-5 win. The second doubles win came in the No. 2, where Simon Formont and Frederic Cadieux won, 8-5.

Singles did not go as well for NIU.

Cadieux started off with a 6-1, 6-4 win in the No. 3, but that would be the only singles point for NIU. The No. 4, 5 and 6 matches all went into three sets with the Huskies taking the first of each but losing the next two.

“We didn’t win in the spots that we usually do,” Fisher said. “The league is tough; any team can win, and we came up short.”

This loss puts an end to one of the most successful men’s tennis teams NIU has had by finishing with an 18-6 record, winning the regular season championship and going undefeated at home. It’s a season Fisher said should be acknowledged.

“This loss doesn’t take away from our accomplishments,” Fisher said. “We were the best team in the league during the regular season. All the credit goes to the kids in the program.”