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NIU senior Mikael Vollbach gets set to receive the serve during singles. Vollbach scored the Huskies’ second point in a tight match that went to a second set tiebreaker as he defeated University of Nebraska Omaha sophomore Ryoma Mishiro with scores of 6-4, 7-6 and 7-5. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Vollbach earns MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honors

By Kalin Schaefer, Sports Reporter | March 7, 2024

NIU men’s tennis senior Mikael Vollbach was named the MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday.  MAC faculty athletics representatives consider athletic performance from the previous week and grade-point average when selecting...

Then-junior Mikael Vollbach stands ready to receive a serve during mens tennis match against the University of Illinois Chicago on Feb. 22, 2023. Vollbach won all three of his matches Saturday, including his doubles match with senior Cheng En Tsai and the dual-clinching singles match against University of Nebraska Omaha. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Men’s tennis take two decisive victories

By Kalin Schaefer, Sports Reporter | March 3, 2024

Improving to 10-2 on the season, NIU men’s tennis defeated both Southern University (0-9) and the University of Nebraska Omaha (10-6) on Saturday.  Defeating Southern 7-0 with two doubles and four singles matches being played, only five Huskies...

NIU freshman tennis player Iker Gaztambide Arrastia completes a serve against University of Toledo’s Marko Galic, a senior, during their singles match on April 7 at DeKalb High School. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Three Huskies earn MAC postseason honors

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | April 26, 2023

DeKALB - Three of NIU's men’s tennis team members received post-season honors, NIU announced Wednesday Iker Gaztambide Arrastia won the MAC Freshman of the Year award while senior Oliver Valentinsson and junior Mikael Vollbach secured Second Team...

Huskies’ doubles streak snapped in loss to Buffalo

By Adrien De La Peña, Sports Reporter | April 2, 2023

DeKALB – NIU men’s tennis dropped its Sunday match 5-2 against the University at Buffalo. The Bulls controlled the whole match against the Huskies and snapped NIU’s 15-game first-double match winning streak. The Huskies drop to 12-7 on the season...

Huskies struggle in singles, fall to Western Michigan

By Adrien De La Peña, Sports Reporter | March 27, 2023

DeKALB – NIU men’s tennis took two out of the three doubles matches, but dropped its matchup with Western Michigan University (WMU) by a final score of 4-3.  The match with WMU Saturday was the 14th time this season that the Huskies took the first...

Huskies extend home winning streak to five matches

By Kumail Razvi, Sports Reporter | February 22, 2023

DeKALB – The NIU men’s tennis team (6-3) remained undefeated at home after defeating the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks (10-2) by a final score of 4-1 Sunday.   DOUBLES: 1-0 NIU Juniors Mikael Vollbach and Cheng En Tsai played...