Busting its non-conference skid Sunday afternoon, the Northern Illinois men’s tennis team completed its weekend when it defeated IUPUI in Indianapolis, 5-2.
The win is NIU’s eighth of the season and puts the Huskies 8-4 on the season heading into their spring trip.
A day removed from being swept in doubles versus Butler, NIU won the doubles point against the Jaguars, winning at Nos. 1 and 3. Both pairs – Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof at No. 1, and Frederic Cadieux and Jovan Zeljkovic at No. 3 – won their matches, 8-5, to clinch Northern Illinois’ first point of the match.
Amir, Lagerlof and Cadieux made a sweep at Nos. 1 to 3, and Zeljkovic won at No. 5 in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, over IUPUI in the match.
The Huskies were very near victory at No. 4 against IUPUI but Simon Formont fell to Armaan Choudhary, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.
“We just are not playing consistent right now. We’re good one day, and not the next. We have to be honest with ourselves this first half of the season,” head coach Patrick Fisher said.
“We have two issues: consistent doubles play, and positions 4, 5 and 6. We have to improve in those two areas or we will be on the outside looking in (moving forward this season). On the flip side, we’re very capable of doing that.”
The Huskies will return to action Friday afternoon when they travel to Milwaukee for a match with Marquette.
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