Men’s tennis falls in MAC tournament semifinals


Wes Sanderson

Sophomore Mikael Vollbach hits a tennis ball with a back-hand swing during a match against Binghamton University April 1 in DeKalb.

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter

The fourth-seeded NIU men’s tennis team fell to the top-seeded Western Michigan University 4-1 on Saturday in the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

With the loss, the Huskies’ season ends after an 11-11 season which saw the Huskies unable to get strings of wins going.

Doubles: 1-0 Huskies

Junior Oliver Valentinsson and sophomore Mikael Vollbach scored the only point of the day for the Huskies as they defeated WMU senior Peter Kuszynski and freshman Anton Arzhankin 6-4, 6-4.

The other two matches belonged to Western Michigan as WMU senior Fynn Lohse and sophomore Joaquin Caballer edged out junior Mikko Malinen and freshman Christopher Knutson 7-5, and WMU sophomores Ferdinand Schluter and Brogan Pierce beat sophomore Armin Koschtojan and redshirt senior Kristopher Ortega 6-2.

Singles: 4-0 WMU

The singles matches belonged to Western Michigan as well as they took five out of the six matches on the day.

Valentinsson defeated Kuszynski 6-4, 6-4.

WMU Arzhankin beat Ortega 6-0, 6-2.

WMU Lohse edged Vollbach 6-4, 1-4 but the match was unfinished.

WMU sophomore Benjamin George defeated Malinen 6-2, 6-1.

Finally, Pierce beat sophomore Luke VonDonslear 6-0, 6-3.