Men’s tennis loses matchup at Toledo


Mingda Wu

Freshman Christopher Knutson plays during a tennis match March 23.

By Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter

DeKALB Men’s tennis had its two-game winning streak snapped against Mid-American Conference opponent University of Toledo on Friday in Toledo, Ohio.

The Huskies lost the match 6-1 and were swept in the season series against the Rockets.  


The Huskies struggled in the six singles matches played Friday afternoon. The only player to win a match for NIU was sophomore Armin Koschtojan. Koschtojan was able to defeat Toledo’s junior Luis Kleinschnitz 0-6, 6-2, 7-5. 

Three Huskies, redshirt senior Kristopher Ortega, junior Mikko Malinen, and sophomore Mikael Vollbach were able to push each of their matches to three sets before each eventually lost in the final set. 


The doubles matches weren’t much better for the Huskies as each doubles group lost two of three matches, with one match going unfinished. 

The duo of Malinen and Volbach lost their matchup in two sets against the Rockets’ sophomores Pawit Sornlaksup and Marko Galic 7-6, 7-3. 

Toledo’s Adam Kovac and Luka Jankovic were able to defeat the Huskies pair of sophomore Luke VanDonslear and Koschtojan 6-4. 

Results and looking ahead. 

The Huskies record falls to 10-8 overall and 4-4 in the MAC. NIU will be on the road again Sunday against Ball State University, looking to get back in the win column against another MAC opponent.