Men’s tennis aims for postseason glory


Redshirt junior Dor Amir returns a serve against Toledo April 12. Men’s tennis is a win away from securing sole ownership of the regular season MAC Championship.

By Darwin Minnis

Men’s tennis is playing its first game of the 2014 MAC Tournament 9 a.m. Friday at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

For the second week in a row, the Huskies will play against the Buffalo Bulls (11-7, 1-3 MAC).

The Huskies (18-5, 4-0 MAC) won the match last weekend 5-2, which gave them the No. 1 seed entering the MAC Tournament. After a long regular season, head coach Patrick Fisher wants the team to stay alert.

“We need to maintain and keep our guys fresh physically, mentally and emotionally,” Fisher said. “It’s been a long season. We need to keep focused on our goals to win the MAC Tournament. If we play to our potential we’ll have a good shot at that.”

After losses in the No. 1 and No. 2 last week, Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof will try to get revenge against the players who took them down.

In the No. 1, Amir will go against Damien David, who defeated Amir last week 6-4, 7-5. In the No. 2, Lagerlof will look to take down the Bulls’ Sebastian Ionescu, who bested him 6-3, 7-5 last week.

The Huskies took the No. 3-6 matches last week and will try to repeat that.

In doubles, NIU’s No. 1 team of Lagerlof and Amir will look to follow suit with last week’s performance when they match up against Jonathan Hannestad and Sergio Arevalillo. They won that match 8-4. In the No. 3 for doubles, Matt Lynch and Jovan Zeljkovic will look to turn the game around against David and Pablo Alvarez after an 8-1 loss last week.

If the team wins on Friday, it will advance to the finals, which will be played noon Saturday. The Huskies will face the winner of the Ball State and Toledo match.