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Men’s tennis: Huskies claim wins over weekend

By Northern Star staff | January 26, 2015

Men’s tennis bounced back from a season-opening loss with a winning record in its second weekend of competition.The Huskies beat the Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks, 7-0, and the Illinois-Chicago Flames, 5-2, Friday in Rockford. Sunday, the Huskies beat...

Editorial: Athletics plan needs clear goals

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 22, 2014

Athletics looks to be headed in the right direction during the first year of Sean Frazier’s tenure as Athletics director. His strategy to improve Athletics and the school as a whole through renovations to Huskie Stadium are well-intentioned but vague.The...

Senior Axel Lagerlof returns the ball during Saturday’s game against Toledo. Men’s tennis is headed to the MAC Tournament, where it lost in the finals in 2013 and the semi-finals in 2012.

Men’s tennis to fight to finally stand atop MAC

By Darwin Minnis | April 16, 2014

The MAC Tournament is something this year’s men’s tennis team is no stranger to.With four players from their 2012 run and five from their 2013 run still on board, the Huskies have a lot of experience in the tournament. The players have shared the...

Senior Max Phillips scores a point in a March match against Western Michigan University.

Men’s tennis unable to come out on top in championships

By Jacob Onak | April 27, 2013

It was an up-and-down weekend for men’s tennis as it upset No. 1 seed Ball State in the first round of the MAC Championships only to fall in the finals to Western Michigan. On Friday, NIU managed to punch its ticket to the Finals with a 4-2 against...

Women’s teenis falls to Ohio and Ball State

By Thomas Hiley III | April 21, 2013

In its last weekend of the season, the women’s tennis team had some highs and lows as it faced the Ball State Cardinals (14-10, 5-3 MAC) and Miami of Ohio RedHawks (11-12, 7-1 MAC). The Huskies lost both matches 5-2 to put them 14-10 on the season and...

Women’s tennis continues losing steak, falls twice over weekend

By Thomas Hiley | April 14, 2013

It was another tough weekend for the women’s tennis team (14-8, 0-6 MAC), as it comes off two losses from the Toledo Rockets (8-11, 2-4 MAC) and Eastern Michigan Eagles (8-12, 3-3 MAC) to make it the Huskies’ sixth straight loss in conference play....

Sophomore redshirt holds down men’s tennis

By Thomas Hiley III | April 8, 2013

During the men’s tennis season there have been a couple of standouts, none more than Dor Amir. Amir is a red shirt sophomore from Tel Aviv, Israel. He attended Rothberg High School and is currently the Huskies’ No. 2 player. Outside of his love, playing...

Men’s tennis to take on Western Michigan

By Thomas Hiley III | March 27, 2013

NIU men’s tennis will travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. Friday to open up its MAC play against Western Michigan (11-7, 1-0 MAC).

Western Michigan won the MAC Tournament from 2006 to 2010, but lost in the semifinals last season to eventual champion Ball State. NIU coach Patrick Fisher is familiar with Western Michigan’s success and knows first-hand how tough the Broncos are; he’s never beaten them in his tenure at NIU.

“Everyone in their lineup is a threat,” Fisher said. “They’ve won the league and gone to the tournament, I would say, seven or eight times out of the last 10. They are the team to beat. They are the class of the league. I think in a lot of ways they’ve been like the Akron of men’s soccer; no one really can beat them on a regular basis.”

The Huskies (14-5) have not matched the Broncos’ success over the past few seasons, but have steadily improved in each campaign.

This season has gone exceptionally well for NIU, already accumulating its most team wins since its 16-win 2002-03 showing with nine matches still scheduled.

The Huskies have made it clear they are ready to be the new breed of the MAC, and with a lineup capable of putting up 14 wins without two-time All-MAC performer Maksym Bartiuk, the once-tested depth of the lineup seems to no longer be a problem.

“We’ve had to deal with an unhealthy lineup this whole year,” Fisher said. “Regardless of where we are at, we still feel we have a good chance to win. We’ve won a lot already without having guys in the lineup at certain times this year.”

Fisher said his current roster has what it takes to avenge last season’s 6-1 loss to the Broncos.

“We’re really excited,” Fisher said. “We’re probably in the best shape going into the conference play in the last four or five years. Obviously, we’ve won a lot and our guys have some great confidence right now. Except for a couple matches, we’ve been in position to win every single match and I don’t see that changing this week.”

Away games are crucial in tennis

By Thomas Hiley III | March 26, 2013

When it comes to playing at home and playing away, most people think the only difference is being home you have the crowd advantage, but that isn’t the only thing. When it comes to having to go to an away match there’s a lot of things that have to...

The key to tennis is stroke technique

By Thomas Hiley III | March 25, 2013

There is a lot more to playing tennis than just trying to hit the ball hard. In order to win, a player has to figure out ways to utilize different kinds of techniques. Ryun Ferrell, the women’s tennis head coach, said tennis is fairly similar to golf....

Sophomore brings competition to tennis team

By Thomas Hiley | March 18, 2013

Men’s tennis team will play just one more match before heading into conference play, and one player to keep an eye on is Frederic Cadieux. Cadieux is a sophomore business major from Quebec, Canada, and attended Ediuard-Montpetit High School. He’s...

Women’s tennis set for triple-header this weekend

By Thomas Hiley III | March 6, 2013

Women’s tennis will finish its non-conference matchups this upcoming weekend against UIC (6-1), Missouri-Kansas City (3-9), and Emporia State (6-0) before starting conference play. Huskies head coach Ryun Ferrell knows a lot about these upcoming teams...