Men’s tennis takes down MAC rival

By Darwin Minnis

Men’s tennis (14-5, 1-0 MAC) won its first conference game of the season on Friday at Western Michigan (10-9, 0-1 MAC).

The Huskies’ 5-2 win comes after two seasons in which the Broncos knocked the Huskies out of the MAC Tournament. WMU defeated NIU in last season’s MAC Championship game.

“It feels really good,” head coach Patrick Fisher said. “They’ve been one of the best MAC teams for a while. Preseason they were picked to win the MAC, so it feels good.”

The first match to finish up in doubles was in the No. 2, where Simon Formont and Frederic Cadieux beat Western Michigan’s Ruben Greiner and Jimmy Beckwith. Cadieux and Formont are 5-1 as a No. 2 doubles team.

In the No. 1, Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof continued their stellar season with an 8-3 win over Stephen Payne and Nadin Indre. Lagerlof and Amir are 15-2 in the No. 1.

Fisher was particularly pleased with doubles play.

“We jumped out on top quick in doubles,” Fisher said. “We continued our mentality into singles and never really let them get into the match.”

The Huskies continued their day by winning four of the six matches in singles.

The first win came in the No. 4, where Jovan Zeljkovic beat out Beckwith, 6-3, 7-5. In the No. 2, Cadieux defeated Greiner, 6-0, 6-3. The win brings Cadieux’s singles record to 15-4 in the No. 2.

Lagerlof beat Andrew Cahn, 6-4, 6-1, and Matt Lynch had a comeback victory in the No. 6, getting the win 2-6, 6-2 (10-8).