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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."

NIU baseball: Huskies drop 2 of 3 at Central Michigan

By Steve Shonder | May 4, 2015

Baseball (20-28, 8-13 MAC) wasn’t able to make up any ground in the MAC in its three-game series with the Central Michigan Chippewas (30-17, 15-6 MAC) over the weekend in Kalamazoo, Mich.The Chippewas scored 34 runs in the series as they took two out...

Sophomore pitcher Andrew Frankenreider delivers a pitch in the game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles on April 26. The Huskies are currently tied for ninth in the MAC, and the top eight teams make the MAC Tournament.

NIU baseball: Huskies’ MAC Tournament hopes dwindling

By Steve Shonder | May 4, 2015

Baseball has just seven games left to make up a lot of ground in its hunt for a playoff spot.After seeing a four-game winning streak come to a halt in a 14-2 blowout loss to the Central Michigan Chippewas on Friday, the Huskies managed to get a win Saturday,...

NIU men’s golf: Huskies rally for 4th at MAC Championship

By Steve Shonder | May 4, 2015

After falling behind through the first two rounds, men’s golf put together a furious comeback in the final two rounds to end its season on the right note.The Huskies (304, 300, 290, 285, 1179) finished in fourth place Sunday at the MAC Championship...

Top 5 newcomers | No. 2: Amy Annala shines on big stage for NIU women’s soccer

By Steve Shonder | April 30, 2015

Amy Annala, women’s soccer’s freshman goalkeeper, comes in at No. 2 in Sports’ top five newcomers after helping the Huskies make their first semi-finals appearance since 2007.The MAC All-Freshman Team and MAC All-Tournament Team honoree helped to...

NIU baseball: Huskies give back to DeKalb

NIU baseball: Huskies give back to DeKalb

By Steve Shonder | April 30, 2015

Baseball is hoping to make a more visible difference in DeKalb by reaching out to community members in need.Beginning in January, head coach Mike Kunigonis set up the DeKalb Pride Project, which has baseball’s players going out and giving back to the...

NIU baseball: Huskies topple UIC, extend win streak to 3 games

By Steve Shonder | April 29, 2015

Baseball (18-24, 7-11 MAC) had it going on at the plate and on the mound as it downed the Illinois-Chicago Flames (20-18-1), 8-4, Tuesday in Chicago.The victory gives the Huskies their first three-game winning streak since March 8-11.The Huskies jumped...

NIU baseball: Huskies take 2 of 3 from Eastern Michigan Eagles

By Steve Shonder | April 27, 2015

Baseball (17-26, 7-11 MAC) took two out of three from the Eastern Michigan Eagles (17-26, 7-11 MAC) in a three-game series over the weekend in DeKalb.The doubleheader sweep Sunday marked the first time the Huskies won two games in a row and won a series...

Sophomore pitcher Andrew Frankenreider delivers a pitch in the game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles on April 26. The Huskies are currently tied for ninth in the MAC, and the top eight teams make the MAC Tournament.

NIU baseball: Andrew Frankenreider provides closure

By Steve Shonder | April 27, 2015

Sophomore Andrew Frankenreider is racking up the saves this season as baseball’s closer after picking up just one save in his freshman campaign.Frankenreider has six saves in the Huskies’ 17 wins this season and he’s been the go-to guy out of the...

NIU baseball: Huskies drop extra-innings affair to No. 17 Iowa

By Steve Shonder | April 23, 2015

Baseball (15-25 5-10) had enough solid pitching to hold on for 11 innings, but the No. 17 Iowa Hawkeyes (27-11) managed a walk-off walk to snag a 4-3 win Wednesday in Iowa City, Iowa.“We pitched very well,” said head coach Mike Kunigonis. “We did...

Top 10 athletes | No. 8: Amanda Stepp’s consistency leads gymnastics

Top 10 athletes | No. 8: Amanda Stepp’s consistency leads gymnastics

By Steve Shonder | April 23, 2015

Senior Amanda Stepp put together another solid season for gymnastics, which resulted in her second-straight trip to the NCAA Regionals and the No. 8 spot on Sports’ list of the top 10 athletes.Even though she missed a pair of meets at the beginning...

Top 5 newcomers | No. 4: Lauren Gierman takes women’s soccer up notch

By Steve Shonder | April 23, 2015

Women’s soccer freshman Lauren Gierman put together a strong first year to put her at No. 4 on Sports’ list of top five newcomers.Gierman was named to the All-MAC Freshman team, leading NIU in points (nine) and scoring (three). She had a knack for...