The Northern Illinois men’s tennis team improved to 2-0 in Mid-American Conference play Saturday when it defeated the defending MAC Champions Ball State, sweeping singles play, and claiming victory, 6-1.
“After we lost the doubles point, we found ourselves in a couple of holes. We could’ve just lost the match but our guys really battled and got a huge conference win,” said head coach Patrick Fisher. “The fact that we won four matches in three sets was big for us as well.”
Huskies Bartiuk and Turtygin at No. 5 and No. 2, respectively, lost their first sets, but would go on to win their next two sets to record triumphs. Bartiuk won, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6, while Turtygin won with a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 score. Dor Amir defeated the Cardinals reigning MAC Player of the Week, Dalton Albertin at No. 1, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5). Albertin defeated Notre Dame’s No. 1 last week to earn the honor.
Northern Illinois improves to 18-5 and 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference with three more matches remaining in 2012. NIU will return to action Sunday afternoon for a contest against Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis. The Huskies will then host a pair of conference matches next weekend against Toledo (April 14) and Buffalo (April 15).
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