After dropping the doubles point and four singles players losing their first set, the NIU men’s tennis team (14-8, 2-2 MAC) rallied back to sweep singles and defeat Toledo (18-9, 0-3 MAC), 6-1.
The win keeps the Huskies alive in a berth to the Mid-American Conference Tournament, hosted by NIU.
“Well, I am not sure what to say about today or about our team quite honestly. We have been consistently inconsistent and I am sure people thought I was crazy when I kept saying were capable,” said head coach Patrick Fisher. “Today we played in front of an unbelievably hostile crowd on Toledo’s Senior Day. This match had huge implications for both teams trying to qualify for the MAC Championship.
“We just got pummeled in doubles and Toledo came out ready and not only did they whack us in doubles, they won four first sets with ease, but somehow, some way, we just hung in there and we fought like Huskies fight in a pack. This week in practice we talked about charging the beach; well, let me just say we rose to the occasion and took the beach.”
Five of the six singles matches went to three sets in the contest with only the No. 3 match finishing in two. Frederic Cadieux earned the straight-set victory over Francisco Stuardo, 7-6, 6-2. Along with Cadieux, Simont Formont was the only other Huskie to win the first set in his match, as he claimed a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, at No. 6.
The rest of the NIU lineup battled back in its matches at Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 5. After dropping his first set at No. 2, 6-0, Dor Amir claimed the next two sets to win the match, 0-6, 6-4, 6-0, while Axel Lagerlof grinded out a result at No. 1 over Tomas Stillman, 3-6, 7-6, 10-8. At No. 4, Jovan Zeljkovic defeated Nicky Wong in a battle, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6, while Max Phillips won at No. 5 over Terence Weigan, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.
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