Lagerlof, Formont claim tennis doubles flight

Axel Lagerlof
Axel Lagerlof

Doubles play started Friday afternoon at the Drake Invitational, and the Northern Illinois duo of Axel Lagerlof and Simon Formont won the B flight with a trio of wins.

It is the second-straight week a Huskie doubles pair has won a flight.

Formont, a freshman from Orleans, France, and Lagerlof, a junior from Malmo, Sweden, opened the first round with an 8-3 victory over Gustavus Adolphus pair Brad Entwistle and Joe MacGibbon, followed by an 8-6 triumph against Ben Gendron and Jordan Loughnan from Northern Colorado.

In the finals, duo Motasam Al-Houni and Juan Luis Chu were seeking revenge for their fallen teammates from Gustavus Adolphus. In a thrilling tennis contest, Formont and Lagerlof defeated Al-Houni and Chu, 9-8 (5).

In other action, Frederic Cadieux and Dor Amir finished 2-1 on the day after falling in the semifinals. The duo would defeat GAU’s Tyler Johnson and Grant Leisner, 8-5, in the consolation final of the A flight.

In the C flight, Max Phillips and Jovan Zeljkovic also finished 2-1 and won the consolation final over UNC’s Ryan Lane and Eric Schuemans, 8-4.

Singles play at the Drake Invitational begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

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

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