Men’s tennis opens spring break with 4-3 win

Patrick Fisher
Patrick Fisher

For the first time-ever under head coach Patrick Fisher, the Northern Illinois men’s tennis team defeated Marquette, 4-3.

The Huskies improved to 9-4 with the win to open their spring break, 1-0.

“I am really proud of our Huskies,” Fisher said.

“We hunted in a pack and stayed together all night. For that are reward is a BCS win. Our program continues to smash records and make great history, but that’s what it is now – history. It’s great we accomplished it but we still need to improve on the two areas we have been talking about all season – doubles and lower half of the line-up.”

With wins by Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof, and Frederic Cadieux and Jovan Zeljkovic at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, respectively, the Huskies clinched the early point in the match. Both pairs won convincingly in their matches as Amir and Lagerlof won, 8-3, and Cadieux and Zeljkovic won, 8-4.

In singles play, Amir and Cadieux won again to give Northern Illinois three points in the match. Amir defeated Vukasin Teofanovic, 6-4, 7-6, while Cadieux grinded out his match against Logon Collins in three sets, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. Simon Formont clinched the match at No. 6 with his three set thriller, defeating James Stark, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6.

Northern Illinois defeated the Golden Eagles for the first time since at least 2006 with its 4-3 victory.

The Huskies will return to action Monday night at Stetson to open their spring break trip in Florida. NIU and the Hatters will begin at 6 p.m. Central.

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

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