Madden seeks first win as NIU coach

By Brian Wiencek

The NIU men’s tennis team has won two Mid-Continent Conference Championships in as many years and are looking to grasp a third. Their quest continues tomorrow at the Campus Recreation Center when the Huskies take on Eastern Michigan University at 8:00 a.m. and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 5:00 p.m.

The only action that NIU has seen was a lone meet against Northwestern University back in the fall of 1992, in which the Huskies suffered a loss to the Wildcats.

However, the only difference between then and now is the change in coaches. Chuck Merzbacher is gone, and former Michigan assistant Tim Madden has stepped in. Tomorrow will be the first test of the impact that he has made and he’s very excited and confident about the outcome.

“I’m very anxious to see the guys play a match,” said Madden. “I’ve seen a lot of hard work over the last couple of weeks and I’ve seen some improvement as well. We have about eight guys who can really contribute to our success in terms of singles play. I expect both matches to be real competitive and obviously, we want to win in order to get off to a good start.”

Madden will have a lot of firepower tomorrow as Marty Engel and Dustin Dobrin will lead the way for the Huskies.