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Men’s tennis splits weekend matches

By Patrick Smith | March 5, 2017
Men’s tennis split their matches this weekend winning one at home and one on the road.The Huskies started off the weekend with a victory over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friday at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford.The Huskies (6-2) knocked off the Cougars (3-2) by a score of 6-1. NIU won all three doubles matches, and only lost one singles match.Senior Axel Lagerlof and junior Dor Amir continued to be perfect in doubles with a 6-2 win over Stephen Washuta and Nico Kuehn of SIUE. Sophomore Simon Formont and junior Frederic Cadieux also scored a win in doubles, knocking off Nicolas Vincent and Jacob Tanulanond 6-2.The only loss suffered by the Huskies in singles was dealt by the Cougars’ Tanulanond. Tanulanond defeated freshman Carlos Manzanas, 6-4 and 6-3. In his first match since Jan. 17, freshman Matt Lynch knocked off SIUE’s Patrick Gaffigan, 6-3, 0-6 and 6-4, to earn his first win of the season. Lynch had to earn his win, being the only one to go for three matches.Head coach Patrick Fisher thought his team did well, but also noticed some areas where improvement could be needed.“We dominated in singles and doubles,” Fisher said. “We struggled in some areas. I don’t think we’re anywhere near where we should be. These are building blocks. We have different things to focus on each weekend.”On Sunday, NIU travelled to Bloomington, Ind. to take on No. 57 Indiana (6-4).The match against the Hoosiers didn’t go the Huskies’ way, losing 5-2. The loss snapped their six-game winning streak.NIU lost both of its doubles matches and only won two of its six singles.Lagerlof started off singles with a win over Sven Lalic going 6-4, 3-6, and 6-2. The Huskies wouldn’t manage to earn another win in singles until Formont defeated Matthew McCoy, 6-0, 1-6 and 6-0.Indiana’s Daniel Bednarczyk and Sam Monette defeated Langerlof and Amir 8-5 in the first doubles match. The loss ended the NIU duo’s perfect season.Lynch and senior Jovan Zeljkovic were knocked off by Lalic and Dimitrije Tasic of Indiana, 8-4, to end doubles play."This is a really tough loss for our guys," Fisher said in a news release. "We fought really hard against a good Big Ten team. We just came up short tonight. We are so close, and I just hope our guys can take the positives out of this because there is a lot to take. It'll be motivation for us from here on out."

Men’s tennis drops back-to-back games

By Patrick Smith | April 4, 2016

Men’s tennis (14-7, 2-2 MAC) lost to Ball State University (7-9, 2-2 MAC) in a close 4-3 bout Saturday, giving the team two straight losses heading into the final month of the season.NIU beat the Cardinals by the same score on March 20 in Muncie, Ind....

Patrick Fisher, NIU mens tennis head coach

Men’s tennis focused on MAC tournament

By Patrick Smith | February 25, 2016

Men’s tennis is off to a quick start to the season, going 10-4, and head coach Patrick Fisher has confidence in his team though he feels they can play a lot better than they have thus far.The Huskies have won seven out of their last eight games and...

Kevin Daun returns a volley during his match Jan. 30 against Eastern Illinois University at the Chick Evans Field House. Men’s tennis (9-4) played three games over the weekend, losing to Butler University 4-3 on Friday but bouncing back with two wins, beating Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Western Illinois University by scores of 7-0 on Saturday.

Men’s tennis bounces back with big time wins

By Patrick Smith | February 22, 2016

Men’s tennis (9-4) played three games over the weekend, losing to Butler University 4-3 on Friday but bouncing back with two wins, beating Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Western Illinois University by scores of 7-0 on Saturday.“After...

Kevin Daun returns a volley during his match Jan. 30 against Eastern Illinois University at the Chick Evans Field House. Men’s tennis (9-4) played three games over the weekend, losing to Butler University 4-3 on Friday but bouncing back with two wins, beating Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Western Illinois University by scores of 7-0 on Saturday.

Men’s tennis sweeps three-game weekend

By Patrick Smith | February 15, 2016

Men’s tennis (8-3) raised its winning streak to five games this weekend, picking up wins over Illinois State University, University of Nebraska Omaha and Cleveland State University.The team’s winning streak comes after it started off the season 3-3....

Short-handed men’s tennis splits games

By Patrick Smith | February 1, 2016

Men’s tennis (3-2) split its games over the weekend, losing to University of Illinois at Chicago on Friday and bouncing back with a win over Eastern Illinois University on Saturday.Head coach Patrick Fisher was proud of how the Huskies were able to...

Sophomore Louis-Philippe Hamel swings in a match this season. Hamel defeated Rithwik Rajshekhar Raman in a singles match on Sunday to help defeat UWW.

Men’s tennis back over .500 after two wins

By Patrick Smith | January 28, 2016

Men’s tennis (2-1) ended its weekend victorious again as it dominated the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Sunday by a score of 7-0. The Huskies managed to still have lots of energy after already playing a game against Detroit earlier in the day...

Sophomore Louis-Philippe Hamel in action this season for the Huskies. Hamel has helped lead NIU to a 2-1 record this season, going 2-1 in both singles and doubles matches to bring his career totals to 22-10 and 15-15.

Hamel takes on leadership role

By Patrick Smith | January 28, 2016

Men’s tennis is up to 2-1 after winning two games this past weekend, and is looking to improve with the leadership of players such as sophomore Louis-Philippe Hamel.Hamel leads five sophomores on this year’s team. He had a strong freshman campaign,...

Mens tennis gets on track with W

Men’s tennis gets on track with W

By Patrick Smith | January 25, 2016

Men’s tennis opened its season against the University of Wisconsin on Friday, taking a 5-2 loss and dropping a second consecutive season opener.The Huskies weren’t able to get any momentum going from the beginning, falling behind early and making...

Men’s tennis to open season in Wisconsin

By Patrick Smith | January 21, 2016

Men’s tennis will begin its season this week as it faces off against the University of Wisconsin on Friday.The Huskies will be looking to start the season on a good note against a tough Big Ten opponent in the Badgers. NIU went 18-5 and 4-1 in the MAC...

NIU men’s tennis: Huskies extend win streak to 3, prepare for Buffalo

By Patrick Smith | April 13, 2015

Men’s tennis extended their win streak to three games as they took down conference opponent the Toledo Rockets on Saturday.The Huskies (17-5, 3-1MAC) defeated the Rockets (11-14, 1-2 MAC) 5-2 on Saturday in Toledo, Ohio.“We set the tone [Saturday]...

NIU men’s tennis: Huskies sweep Detroit Titans over weekend

By Patrick Smith | April 13, 2015

Men’s tennis defeated the Detroit Titans on Thursday in Detroit.The Huskies (16-5, 2-1 MAC) swept the Titans (5-12), 4-0, to improve to 6-5 in true road games this season. The Huskies have now won back-to-back road games for the first time since early...

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