Huskies Sweep Doubleheader Against Detroit and UWW to Go 3-0 On the Weekend

GO HUSKIES Carlos Manzanas is 6-0 in singles play so far this season
GO HUSKIES
Carlos Manzanas is 6-0 in singles play so far this season
GO HUSKIES

Feb. 2, 2014

ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's tennis team capped off a successful weekend by sweeping Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit and UW-Whitewater. The Huskies took both matches 7-0, and they won all but one individual match on the day. With Saturday's performance, the team improves to 5-1.

"Yesterday we talked about the challenge of playing back to back with energy and enthusiasm, and they did," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. "Our team took a small step forward this weekend because we dominated two teams that we had trouble with last year. We barely beat SIU-Carbondale and lost to Detroit last year, but that wasn't the case this year."

The first match of the day for NIU was against the Detroit Titans. The Huskies thoroughly dominated this affair, as no individual match went needed more than two sets to decide a victor. NIU started off well by taking the doubles point after the Axel Lagerlof/Dor Amir and Simon Formont/Frederic Cadieux tandems defeated their opposing doubles teams, both in a 6-3 final.

Singles would prove to be another strong point for the Huskies in the first event for the team. They didn't drop a match in singles play. The toughest affairs were in the No. 4 and No.5. In the No. 4, Carlos Manzanas ground out two long sets to take down Detroit's Rafael Orantes, 6-5, 6-5. Jovan Zeljkovic had a similar battle with Detroit's Ismail Kadyrov in the No. 5, eventually winning 6-5, 6-4. With the singles wins, the Huskies shutout the opposing Titans, 7-0.

In the evening cap, the Huskies rode the momentum from earlier in the day to a match against the UWW Warhawks. Once again, they took the doubles point to get an early 1-0 edge, winning the No. 1 and No. 3 matches. Just as in the affair against Detroit, NIU was flawless in singles play, taking all six individual matches. This was another shutout, the third of the season for NIU, as the Huskies won 7-0.

 

 

NIU is off until Friday, February 7. The Huskies will remain at home for an evening match at 5:00 p.m. against SIU-Edwardsville. It will be held at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill.

NIU 7, Detroit 0
SINGLES:
#1: Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Jay Joshi (DET) 6-2, 6-3
#2: Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Bobby Cawood (DET) 6-1, 6-2
#3: Dor Amir (NIU) def. Patryk Koscielski (DET) 6-4, 6-2
#4: Carlos Manzanas (NIU) def. Rafael Orantes (DET) 6-5, 6-5
#5: Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Ismail Kadyrov (DET) 6-5, 6-4
#6: Simon Formont (NIU) def. Matt White (DET) 6-0, 6-3

DOUBLES:
#1: Lagerlof/Amir (NIU) def. Conley/Orantes (DET) 6-3
#2: Zeljkovic/Lynch (NIU) vs. Joshi/Cawood) (DET) DNF
#3: Cadieux/Formont def. Kadyrov/Koscialski (DET) 6-3

NIU 7, UWW 0
SINGLES:
#1: Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Ben Shklyar (UWW) 6-2, 6-2
#2: Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Jake Humphreys (UWW) 6-1, 6-1
#3: Dor Amir (NIU) def. Byron Balkin (UWW) 6-3, 6-4
#4: Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Brian Klein (UWW) 6-5, 6-2
#5: Carlos Manzanas (NIU) def. Scott Butler (UWW) 6-3, 6-2
#6: Simon Formont (NIU) def. Matt Bisbee (UWW) 6-4, 6-5

DOUBLES:
#1: Lagerlof/Amir (NIU) def. Shklyar/Balkin (UWW) 6-4
#2: Butler/Friend (UWW) def. Lynch/Zeljkovic (NIU) 6-5
#3: Formont/Cadieux (NIU) def. Klein/Humphreys (UWW) 6-3