Men’s tennis prep for Wisconsin match

By Thomas Hiley III

After coming off a 4-3 loss to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, the Huskies are eager to get back to their winning ways after having the past weekend off.

Men’s tennis will be at home this week in a double header against University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (6-1), and Western Illinois University (7-8). After coming off a loss against SIU-E, NIU head coach Patrick Fisher wants to see how his team will bounce back.

“This week we’ll see if last week’s loss will carry over to this week’s matches,” Fisher said. “We’ll see how we respond to the teams.”

The Huskies have had an entire week to get prepared for this double header and to recover from any possible injuries they had. Fisher said working on fundamentals in practice which was important.

“The break was good for us to catch our breath and give the body time to heal,” said Fisher. “We have been improving our bottom half of our lineup, [and we are] expecting them to play really well.”

UW-Green Bay will be quite an opponent for the Huskies since they faced the formerly ranked Minnesota Gophers at the beginning of the season. UW-Green Bay has had a recent success against Kenyon and UW-Whitewater who are both ranked in Division III, and also Western Michigan, which is 8-3 on the season.

“[UW-Green Bay] beat Western Michigan, who is a top team in the MAC,” Fisher said. “So this will be able to show were where at as a team.”

Fisher has emphasized to his players to be ready when it’s time to play this week. They are facing some quality competition in this double header and he wants his players to show him what they can do.

“We been working on our mental focus, and being consistent,” Fisher said. “It’s not time for talking–it’s about showing it to me.”