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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."

No. 7 Athlete of the Year: Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof

By Darwin Minnis | April 29, 2014

Men’s tennis’ Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof come in as Sports’ No. 7 athletes of the 2013-2014 season due to the duos’ great play all season.As the No. 1 doubles team Amir and Lagerlof finished the season with an 18-2 record. Their only losses came...

Redshirt junior Dor Amir returns a serve against Toledo April 12. Men’s tennis is a win away from securing sole ownership of the regular season MAC Championship.

No. 4 Story of the Year: Men’s tennis fails again in postseason play

By Darwin Minnis | April 28, 2014

For the third straight season under head coach Patrick Fisher, men’s tennis made it to the MAC Tournament and failed to come out on top.After an 18-5 regular season, a 4-0 conference record and earning the title of MAC regular season champions, the...

Men’s tennis upset in MAC Tournament

By Darwin Minnis | April 27, 2014

Men’s tennis lost its semi-finals match of the MAC Tournament to Buffalo (11-7) 4-2 Friday morning.This is the third year in a row the Huskies have lost in the MAC Tournament, last year losing in the finals.The Huskies were the No. 1 seed heading into...

Redshirt junior Dor Amir returns a serve against Toledo April 12. Men’s tennis is a win away from securing sole ownership of the regular season MAC Championship.

Men’s tennis aims for postseason glory

By Darwin Minnis | April 23, 2014

Men’s tennis is playing its first game of the 2014 MAC Tournament 9 a.m. Friday at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.For the second week in a row, the Huskies will play against the Buffalo Bulls (11-7, 1-3 MAC).The Huskies (18-5, 4-0 MAC) won the...

Lynch provides boost for tennis

By Darwin Minnis | April 22, 2014

On an experienced Huskie team, Matt Lynch stands out in two ways.First, he’s one of only two freshmen on the team.Second, he’s the only player on the team from the United States.Neither of these things have slowed Lynch down from becoming a vital...

Men’s tennis wins MAC regular season championship

By Darwin Minnis | April 20, 2014

DeKalb | The Huskies are sole owners of the title MAC regular season champions after taking down the Buffalo Bulls (11-6, 1-2 MAC) with a 5-2 win Friday.This marks the first time in program history NIU has claimed the MAC regular season championship.“It...

Redshirt junior Dor Amir returns a serve against Toledo April 12. Men’s tennis is a win away from securing sole ownership of the regular season MAC Championship.

Men’s tennis set to seize 1st place

By Darwin Minnis | April 16, 2014

Men’s tennis is taking on its final opponent of the season, Buffalo (11-5, 1-1 MAC), at 1 p.m. Friday at NIU.The Huskies (17-5, 3-0 MAC) already own at least a share of the MAC regular season championship, but there are a few ways everything can play...

Senior Axel Lagerlof returns the ball during Saturday’s game against Toledo. Men’s tennis is headed to the MAC Tournament, where it lost in the finals in 2013 and the semi-finals in 2012.

Men’s tennis to fight to finally stand atop MAC

By Darwin Minnis | April 16, 2014

The MAC Tournament is something this year’s men’s tennis team is no stranger to.With four players from their 2012 run and five from their 2013 run still on board, the Huskies have a lot of experience in the tournament. The players have shared the...

Men’s tennis earns win

By Darwin Minnis | April 13, 2014

Men’s tennis beat Toledo (9-16, 2-1 MAC), 4-3, Saturday at NIU in its third conference game of the season.With this win, the Huskies (17-5, 3-0 MAC) are the only undefeated MAC team remaining and own at least a portion of the regular season championship.A...

Men’s tennis hosts Toledo

By Darwin Minnis | April 9, 2014

Men’s tennis will play Toledo (9-15, 2-0 MAC) at 1 p.m. Saturday at NIU in a match that will likely determine the regular season champion.The Huskies (16-5, 2-0 MAC) come into this match on a five-game win streak after taking down UIC, 4-0, in Chicago...

Tennis’ Cadieux dominant in singles

By Darwin Minnis | April 8, 2014

Frederic Cadieux has the best winning percentage and most total wins in singles for NIU men’s tennis over the past three seasons.Since joining the team in 2011, Cadieux has won 80 percent of his singles matches, posting a 75-18 singles record.During...