Following its season opener at No. 35 Minnesota last Sunday, the men’s tennis program will return to the court in a doubleheader Friday afternoon.
Northern Illinois hosts both UW-Whitewater and Chicago State at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford. Matches will begin at 1 and 5 p.m., respectively.
The Huskies also opened their 2012 campaign at home against the Riverhawks; NIU clinched a sweeping victory, 7-0. Northern Illinois earned that same result against the Cougars on its final day of the regular season to clinch a share of the Mid-American Conference Championship.
Sophomore Frederic Cadieux (Verdun, Quebec, Canada) was the Huskies lone winner last weekend against the Golden Gophers, when he earned a thrilling three set victory at No. 3 over Mathieu Fromont, 4-6, 6-3, (13-11), to close the day for Northern Illinois in the Twin Cities.
Minnesota featured two nationally ranked singles players, No. 40 Rok Bonin and No. 63 Leandro Toledo, as well as a nationally ranked doubles pair, No. 24 Bonin and Fromont. NIU fell to UM at the Baseline Tennis Center, 6-1.
UW-Whitewater has yet to play to a match this spring and will open its 2013 season against the Huskies. Last year, the Riverhawks finished with a 22-8 duals record to earn a bid and hosting rights to the NCAA Division III Championship first and second rounds. There, UWW won its first round match over Concordia (Wis.) but fell to Gustavus Adolphus in the second round.
Chicago State has already played three matches thus far this season and has an 0-3 record with losses to Northwestern, UIC and Western Illinois last weekend. CSU opened the year against the Flames Saturday with a 7-0 loss and played a double-header with WIU and NU on Sunday. The Cougars’ Rashley Yeremia earned the lone point of the match with his win at No. 4 against the Leathernecks with a straight-set victory, 6-2, 6-3.
The match with CSU will be NIU’s first Mid-American Conference match of the year. Northern Illinois will not engage in its next MAC contest until March 29 versus Western Michigan, over two months away.
This weekend’s matches are the first two of five consecutive fixtures at the Boylan Tennis Center. The Huskies will host Valparaiso and Dayton in Rockford at 1 and 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1.
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