Men’s tennis matches season-high four-match winning streak


Roman Turtygin

By Mike Romor

NIU men’s tennis swept two doubleheaders to match a season-high four-match winning streak over the spring break period.

Men’s tennis snapped a two-match skid by beating North Carolina Central (4-6, 0-2 MEAC) and Quinnipiac (3-5, 1-0 NEC) 6-1 each.

Coming out even stronger the next day, the Huskies (14-5) toppled Youngstown State (5-6), 7-0, before pummeling Bucknell (4-7), 6-1.

“We had a great performance,” said Patrick Fisher, NIU men’s tennis coach. “We won all our games out here and we really tested our guys physically, playing two doubleheaders in a row in the Florida sun. We haven’t been outside in four or five months and for us to turn around and play 12 hours of tennis back-to-back days and dominate the way that we did is a real testament as to where we are.”

The Huskies were led by Roman Turtygin, who went 3-1 at first singles in place of injured Maksym Bartiuk. Redshirt freshman standout Dor Amir continued his success as well, winning all four of his matches at second singles.

Last year’s MAC Newcomer of the Year, Axel Lagerlof, comfortably handled his opponents at third singles, outscoring them 53-22 in games won.

In what is already, record-wise, the most impressive season of Fisher’s tenure with NIU, the team seems to have achieved stability throughout the lineup. Last season, Fisher constantly looked for ways for the bottom of his lineup to positively contribute, and this season it seems to finally be coming together.

“We’ve really improved with the addition of Frederic Cadieux and getting Mikhail Titov back from injury,” Fisher said. “Getting Dor in the lineup after sitting a year, it has really helped the depth of our lineup.”