March 7, 2014
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Huskies took on No. 72 Marquette (9-4) Thursday night to begin a string of four straight matches on the road. They played a very close match against the Golden Eagles, eventually taking a narrow defeat in a 4-3 final. The loss drops the Huskies' record to 10-4.
"We got into a hole early on, and that forced us to fight back," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. "We came up just short."
The Huskies started off doubles play with a victory in the No. 3. The first match to finish, Simon Formont and Frederic Cadieux took down Cameron Tehrani and Gleb Sklyr, 8-4. However, the rest of doubles did not go quite as planned.
Axel Lagerlof and Dor Amir suffered just their second loss of the spring season in the No. 1. They faced Vukasin Teofanovic and Dan Mamalat and took an 8-3 loss, dropping the NIU tandem's record to 12-2. Matt Lynch and Jovan Zeljkovic played in the No. 2 against Logon Collins and Nick Dykema, also taking a loss, 8-4. The Huskies headed into singles behind 1-0.
In singles, the Huskies played strong, taking three of the six matches. Simon Formont remained flawless on the season in singles play with a win in the No. 5. He played a back-and-forth match against Tehrani, outlasting the Golden Eagle in a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 final. Formont is now 13-0 in singles this year.
notched his ninth win of the season against Collins in the No. 3. He bested the Marquette player, 7-6, 6-3. Matt Lynch
also came away with a victory. In the No. 4, he took down Nick Dykema, 6-2, 6-3.
"Matt was impressive tonight," said Fisher. "He faced a guy who beat him in high school, and Matt came out and really took it to him to get back."
The three singles victories left the Huskies just short of the victory. As they dropped the other three matches in singles play, they dropped the match,4-3. The loss snaps a four-contest winning streak.
"Marquette's a good team, but our expectations are high," added Fisher. "We're at a level where we expect to beat ranked teams. I still think good things are ahead for us."
The Huskies are headed to Florida for spring break next week. They'll play three matches in the sunshine state, starting March 10. NIU will battle Troy on the Monday at 4:00 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. On Tuesday, March 11, the Huskies will head to Palm City, Fla. for a match against Southern Mississippi at noon. They'll conclude play on the week when they face Florida Atlantic on Wednesday, March 12 back in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. at p.m. All times are central.
Marquette 4, NIU 3
1. Dan Mamalat (MU) def. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) 7-6, 6-4
2. Vukasin Teofanovic (MU) def. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Dor Amir (NIU) def. Logon Collins (MU) 7-6, 6-3
4. Matt Lynch (NIU) def. Nick Dykema (MU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Simon Formont (NIU) def. Cameron Tehrani (MU) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
6. Kristiyan Trukov (MU) def. Carlos Manzanas (NIU) 6-0, 6-7, 6-3
1. Vukasin Teofanovic/Dan Mamalat (MU) def. Dor Amir/Axel Lagerlof (NIU) 8-3
2. Logon Collins/Nick Dykema (MU) def. Jovan Zeljkovic/Matt Lynch (NIU) 8-4
3. Simon Formont/Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Cameron Tehrani/Gleb Sklyr (MU) 8-4