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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."
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,...

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...

Then sophomore Simon Formont hits a ball back against Toledo April 12, 2014, in DeKalb. Men’s tennis (5-3) played three games over the weekend, starting with a 4-3 loss to Southern Illinois University on Friday but moving on to finish the weekend 2-1 with wins against Chicago State University on Friday and Saint Louis University on Saturday.

NIU men’s tennis: Huskies upset by Buffalo in MAC Championship tournament semifinals

By Patrick Smith | April 27, 2015

Men’s tennis’ season came to an end as it was knocked off by the Buffalo Bulls in the MAC Championship semifinals this weekend.The Huskies (18-6, 4-1 MAC) were the No. 1 seed going into the tournament, but they failed to win the MAC title, losing...

Then sophomore Simon Formont hits a ball back against Toledo April 12, 2014, in DeKalb. Men’s tennis (5-3) played three games over the weekend, starting with a 4-3 loss to Southern Illinois University on Friday but moving on to finish the weekend 2-1 with wins against Chicago State University on Friday and Saint Louis University on Saturday.

Men’s tennis: NIU plays host during MAC Championship tourney

By Patrick Smith | April 23, 2015
Then-sophomore Simon Formont hits a ball back against Toledo April 12, 2014, in DeKalb. Men’s tennis will take on the Buffalo Bulls during the MAC Championship tournament on Friday at the West Tennis Courts.

NIU men’s tennis: Huskies repeat as MAC regular season champs

By Patrick Smith | April 20, 2015

Men’s tennis won the MAC regular season championship Sunday after it dominated on the court.The Huskies (18-5, 4-1 MAC) beat the Buffalo Bulls (10-10, 2-3 MAC), 5-2, Sunday in Buffalo, N.Y. to claim their second-straight MAC regular season title, winning...

NIU men’s tennis: Louis-Philippe Hamel building momentum

By Patrick Smith | April 20, 2015

Men’s tennis’ Louis-Philippe Hamel has proven to be one of the Huskies’ most consistent players in his freshman season.Hailing from Drummondville, Quebec, Hamels came to the United States to play college tennis at NIU.“I heard about this school...

Frederic Cadieux

NIU men’s tennis: Frederic Cadieux a ‘winner’ for Huskies

By Patrick Smith | April 13, 2015

Senior Fredric Cadieux’s career with men’s tennis will come to an end once this season is over, but his accomplishments are going down in NIU’s record books.Cadieux ranks sixth all-time in program history with 94 singles victories. He could move...

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...

NIU men’s tennis: Huskies split weekend in Indiana

By Patrick Smith | April 7, 2015

Men’s tennis lost its first conference game of the season Saturday before rebounding Sunday.The Huskies (15-5, 2-1 MAC) suffered a tough 4-3 road loss to the Ball State Cardinals, who improved to 7-1 at home Saturday in Muncie, Ind. The Huskies are...

NIU men’s tennis: Huskies earn MAC Player and Doubles Team of the Week awards

By Northern Star staff | April 2, 2015

Men’s tennis swept the MAC Player of the Week and MAC Doubles Team of the Week, the conference announced on Wednesday.Senior Frederic Cadieux picked up the MAC Player of the Week honor. The doubles team of freshmen Kevin Daun and Georg Lundkvist earned...