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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."

Huskie defeat leaves sour taste

By Mike Romor | December 9, 2013

Football team’s loss was not a surpriseFrom Bowling Green’s opening drive of Friday’s MAC Championship game, I had a feeling that only confirmed itself as the game unfolded: NIU’s run was coming to a devastating end.There was an indefinable feeling...

Lynch deserves Heisman invite despite MAC loss

By Mike Romor | December 9, 2013

Despite putting together an extremely humanlike and untimely performance in NIU’s MAC Championship loss, Jordan Lynch still deserved his invitation to New York for the Heisman Ceremony, where he will sit beside some of the other top players in college...

Wrestling dominates at home, 25-6

By Mike Romor | December 8, 2013

Wrestling shined under the spotlights on Victor E. Court Thursday night, winning its first home dual of the season over Cleveland State, 25-6.The win marks the first since Nov. 16 for the Huskies (3-4, 0-1 MAC), who dropped their first two home duals...

Wrestling looking at tough challenge in Cleveland State

By Mike Romor | December 4, 2013

After a pair of tough home losses, wrestling hopes to turn its season back in the right direction when it faces Cleveland State at 7 p.m. today at Victor E. Court.NIU (2-4) has had a successful run against the Vikings (1-2), winning all four previous...

Wrestler Kevin Fanta grapples with an opponent during a match.

Fanta, Argue battling for wrestling spot

By Mike Romor | December 3, 2013

For wrestling’s Kevin Fanta and Tyler Argue, practice means more than it ever has before.Redshirt senior Fanta has had his fair share of success during his five years on the NIU mats. The 141-pounder has made it to the NCAA Championships and has finished...

Coach’s Corner: John Helgerson

By Mike Romor | December 2, 2013

John Helgerson joined wrestling’s coaching staff last season after an inaugural one-year coaching stint at Wartburg. Now in his second season with the Huskies, the assistant coach continues to dedicate his time to improving a talented heavyweight class.Helgerson...

Heisman within Lynch’s grasp

Heisman within Lynch’s grasp

By Mike Romor | December 2, 2013

Whether they want to admit it or not, Heisman voters have been forced to call a spade a spade as Jordan Lynch has become a legitimate contender in an undetermined Heisman race.Lynch has been the best player in college football this season while remaining...

Volleyball looking forward to future

By Mike Romor | November 25, 2013

Volleyball head coach Ray Gooden expected this season to be a rebuilding year for his team, but the Huskies proved they are capable of much bigger things.Despite losing five seniors from last season, NIU finished 19-13 overall, going 10-6 in the MAC for...

Volleyball falls in MAC semifinals

By Mike Romor | November 24, 2013

After a promising come-from-behind victory in the opening round, volleyball had its MAC Championship hopes dashed in the semifinals.NIU (19-13, 10-6 MAC) dropped its semifinal match to top-seeded Ohio (27-4, 14-2) in straight sets, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23....

Redshirt junior Caleb Busson (right) faces off with North Dakota States Kurtis Julson Saturday in the Convocation Center.

Wrestling goes 0-2 at home

By Mike Romor | November 24, 2013

Wrestling hosted the Northern Duals, but did not reach the goals it had hoped to achieve.NIU (2-4, 0-1 MAC) dropped both of the weekend’s duals, including its matchup against No. 17 Northern Iowa.Opening against one of the best programs in the MAC,...

Volleyball set for MAC tourney

By Mike Romor | November 20, 2013

Volleyball has gone through a rigorous regular season that ended with the team’s best performance of the year.Now looking at a fifth seed in the MAC Tournament, NIU (18-12, 10-6 MAC) prepares for a 1 p.m. match Friday at the SPIRE Institute in Ohio...