Men’s tennis to take on Western Michigan

By Thomas Hiley III

This weekend will be the men’s tennis team’s first conference match of the year against the Western Michigan Broncos (14-7).

The Huskies are starting their conference matches against a strong opponent in the Broncos, but should be confident with the way they been playing these past couple of weeks.

The Huskies have played seven games on the road, but have been very successful, winning five, and three in a row. Head coach Patrick Fisher and his players are just excited to begin their conference play.

“Last year we beat them in the regular season,” said Fisher. “This time we are head into the matchup and we expect ourselves to win.”

Western Michigan has also been putting in work for the month of March, accumulating a record of 6-2, and are currently on a six-game winning streak. During the streak the Broncos scored an overall 36 points; their opposition was only able to score 15 points.

Heading into their first conference match, Fisher will try to stress consistency to his team, even in conference play.

“We try to keep both of them the same,” Fisher said. “We don’t want to over emphasize something and put too much pressure on them because they already know how important conference is.”

Seeing that the Huskies won the MAC regular season last year, teams like the Broncos are going to be gunning for them. Fisher knows every team has a chance to take the title even if it’s a small chance.

“Last year we were predicted to finish fifth [in the conference], but we won,” Fisher said. “We just need to focus on what we need to do and right now I assume we’re last and I want my guys to think that.”

Looking at the schedule, this will be the Huskies’ only conference match at home. They will travel on the road for five games, three of them conference matches, but with the way they are playing on the road things looks bright for the Huskies.

“Anytime you go on the road it’s going to be hard,” Fisher said. “It’s just how the schedule is and you have to deal with it.”