Feb. 21, 2014
Rockford, Ill. - The Huskies took on the Butler Bulldogs (5-3) at the Boylan Tennis Center on Thursday evening in the team's 11th match of the season. NIU had not dropped a match in Rockford yet this season, and they kept that streak going with a 7-0 win. This improves their record to 8-3 on the season with an 8-0 record at home.
"I'm very proud of our guys," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. "We played a good Butler team tonight. To beat them like we did is very impressive. We can't get ahead of because ourselves we still have work to do, but this is a positive step toward where we want to be."
NIU was dominant throughout this one. It started in doubles play, and the Huskies were coming off of two straight performances in which they struggled in doubles. In the previous two matches against Iowa and IUPUI, the Huskies lost the doubles point to fall behind early in the match. This wasn't the case against Butler.
Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof showed opposing Sam O'Neill and Billy Weldon why they're now recognized as one of the top tandems in the nation with an 8-4 win in the No. 1 doubles match. Matt Lynch and Jovan Zeljkovic complemented their teammate's efforts with an 8-6 win in the No. 3, sealing the doubles point and putting NIU ahead 1-0 early on.
NIU kept it going in singles play, as the team was able to sweep Butler here. The Huskies took all six matches, and three of them featured some close battles. In the No. 2, Lagerlof took on O'Neill. He was able to beat the Bulldog, but it took three sets in a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 final.
Dor Amir took on Austin Woldmoe in the No. 3. Amir made it seem easy to start, winning the first set, 6-0. However, Woldmoe struck back to win the second set, 7-5. This set up a super tie break to end it, and Amir finished off Woldmoe here, 10-8.
faced Tommy Marx in the No. 6, and his match was similar to Amir's Manzanas took the first set with ease, 6-1. Marx came back and took the second set, 6-7. The two headed to a super tie break, and just like his teammate, Manzanas claimed victory with a 10-8 win in the tie break.
The Huskies will remain at home for two more matches on Saturday, February 22. At 1:00 p.m. NIU will face Western Illinois. Dayton will be up next, as the Huskies will take the team on at 5:00 p.m. Both of these matches will be played at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill.
NIU 7, Butler 0
!. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Pulok Bhattacharya (Butler) 6-2, 6-1
2. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Sam O'Neill (Butler) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
3. Dor Amir (NIU) def. Austin Woldmoe (Butler) 6-0, 5-7, (10-8)
4. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Brandon Woods (Butler) 6-4, 7-5
5. Simon Formont (NIU) def. Billy Weldon (Butler) 6-2, 2-0 (Def.)
6. Carlos Manzanas (NIU) def. Tommy Marx (Butler) 6-1, 6-7, (10-8)
1. No. 37 Amir/Lagerlof (NIU) def. O'Neill/Weldon (Butler) 8-4
2. Formont/Cadieux (NIU) vs. Woods/Bhattacharya (Butler) DNF
3. Lynch/Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Woldmoe/Woldmoe (Butler) 8-6