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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."

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.

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