NIU closes home season vs. Demons

By Marc Wesner

Though the NIU men’s tennis team is taking a break from Mid-Continent Conference action, the Huskies will still put two of their three current win streaks on the line when the Blue Demons of DePaul University visit the West Campus Courts at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

No. 1 singles player Marty Engel, the Mid-Con Player of the Week last week and Player of the Year last season, will pace a Northern squad that has won their last seven straight matches this season as well as the last 17 matches played in DeKalb.

As impressive as their home streak is now, consider the 57-2 dominance the team holds on their home turf for the last seven years.

Looking at DePaul on paper, it would seem that the Huskies have very little to fear in their attempt to improve upon a 12-11 overall mark.

DePaul boasts no winning singles records by anyone in the Blue Demon lineup. The No. 1 player is Blong Ly with a 7-11 slate. Andy Emerson, the likely second seed for the Demons, has ranged anywhere from starting in the first spot to the third. He owns a 9-10 overall record.

In doubles, it looks almost as bad. Only one tandem holds a mark above .500. The team of Jeremy Bell and Ly has posted a 2-0 record, but play at the No. 2 position, a spot that has been filled by six other combinations this season.

Overall, the Demons sport a 7-11 ledger and are 1-3 thus far on the road.

Today’s match will conclude the Huskies’ home schedule for the 1993 season. However, three more road matches appear before the start of the Mid-Con Tournament at Valparaiso, Ind., in May.