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Huskie men’s tennis team heads to Madison

March 4, 2011
Head coach Patrick Fisher

Head coach Patrick Fisher

In its only dual meet of the weekend, the Northern Illinois men’s tennis team (4-7) travels today to Madison, Wis., to play the last of its Big Ten competition at Wisconsin.

Matches are slated to begin at 6 p.m. at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

The Huskies are coming off a weekend split, dispatching St. Louis 5-1 last Friday, before falling to Southern Illinois 5-2 two days later in Carbondale,Ill.

NIU continues to be led by the tandem of sophomore Maksym Bartiuk and freshman Axel Lagerlof, both of whom picked up their sixth and seventh wins of the season last week. The two notched both of their victories in dominant fashion in straight sets, Bartiuk winning 6-0, 6-1over Joe Flangan of SLU and 6-2, 6-3 over Falk De Beenhouwer of SIU, while Lagerlof defeated Nishaad Balachandran of SLU 6-0, 6-2 and Jorge Cavero of SIU 6-1, 6-1. 

Roman Turtygin and Maximilian Phillips also notched straight-set victories against the Billikins, while Maksym Lagutin had a come-from-behind win after taking the third-set tiebreaker, 12-10, against St. Louis.

Last time out, the then No. 40 Badgers (4-5) were handed their fifth loss of the season, and fifth at the hands of a ranked opponent, by No. 41 Nebraska, 5-2. Wisconsin is led by senior Marek Michalika, who boasts a 6-2 record at No. 1 singles, and along with Billy Bertha, the pair posses a 9-0 record at No. 1 doubles and a No. 35 ranking in the latest ITA rankings (March 1). Prior to playing NIU, Wisconsin will host an afternoon dual meet with Green Bay.

For more information on NIU men’s tennis or Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.