Men’s tennis headed to Indianapolis for double header

By Thomas Hiley III

After coming up 1-1 last weekend against University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Western Illinois, the men’s tennis team will be heading to Indianapolis to face off against the Butler University Bulldogs (5-7) and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (2-9).

Butler is coming off split matchups, a 6-1 loss to Xavier and a 5-2 against Dayton. IUPUI has not played since Feb. 16, when it won 4-3 against Dayton.

NIU is eager to get back to its winning ways this weekend. Huskies head coach Patrick Fisher was pleased with the way his team played the previous week but didn’t think his players made the right moves to finish the match.

“[We] didn’t concentrate during the critical matchups,” Fisher said. “When we’re in a position to close out a match we need to finish, when things aren’t going our way, we need to weather the storm by closing out sets and matchups.”

In the 4-1 loss against Green Bay, NIU did well going against a good opponent. As a team, the Huskies won all their doubles matches against Green Bay and WIU but just couldn’t finish in the singles. When the Huskies want to keep their hot starts going when they head to Indianapolis to face Butler and IUPUI.

“We’re looking to improve last week with our good play in doubles against WIU and Green Bay,” Fisher said.

At this point the men’s tennis team is 7-3 on the season. After a snapped six-game winning streak it is 1-2 with recent losses coming from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Green Bay. It has faced off against quality teams this year, but Fisher knows there’s nothing to worry about.

“We’re playing a good schedule,” Fisher said. “Green Bay went to the NCAA tournament last year and has beaten teams from our conference. It’s not physical it’s mental. We go through our ups and downs. People expect us to be 9-1 or even 10-0, but with a good schedule you can’t win them all.”