Men’s tennis to host Western Illinois, Green Bay, Illinois State for pair of weekend matches

NIU men's tennisThe Northern Illinois men’s tennis team (1-3) is set to host three Midwest opponents this weekend at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill.

NIU will welcome Western Illinois and Green Bay for a doubleheader Friday, Feb. 11, with start times set for 1 and 6 p.m.. Illinois State will come to Rockford for a dual meet at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13.

Last weekend, the Huskies played a pair of tough one-loss opponents in Marquette and Middle Tennessee State.

NIU was defeated 7-0 by the Golden Eagles on the road and 6-1 by the Blue Raiders at home. Junior Roman Turtygin picked up his second singles win of the season with a 7-5, 7-5 decision over Shaun Waters of MTSU in the No. 1 flight.

Western Illinois (2-1) is coming off a 6-1 loss at Creighton on Jan. 30. The Leathernecks are led by Jeff Cote who owns 2-1 records at the No. 1 position in both singles and doubles play.

Like WIU, Green Bay (1-1) will be returning to action after two weeks off. The Phoenix opened their spring season with a weekend split against IUPUI and Dartmouth, and was led by Erik Finkenbrink who picked up a pair of straight-set victories.

The Redbirds (3-0) have had an impressive start to the season, soaring past all three of their opponents 7-0. ISU has had eight players compete in singles play, combining for an 18-0 record, while five different pairs have given the team an 8-1 doubles record.

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