March 23, 2014
ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's tennis team took on St. Louis (7-6) on Saturday as a final tune-up for the upcoming conference matches. At the Boylan Tennis Center, the Huskies emerged victorious over the opposing Billikens, 7-0. The win improves NIU's record to 13-5 this season.
It was a strong match throughout for the Huskies. In doubles, NIU took the point thanks to victories in the No. 2 and No. 3. Matt Lynch and Jovan Zeljkovic bested Paarth Dodhiawala and Vuk Poledica, 8-4 in the No. 3. Frederic Cadieux and Simon Formont picked up their 10th win in 2014 together with an 8-3 victory over Yehia El Sallaly and Nishaad Balachandran in the No. 2. With the doubles point, NIU grabbed an early 1-0 edge.
In singles, the Huskies were dominant. Only one match was forced to three sets. In the end, NIU won them all to shutout the opposition on the day. Dor Amir started things off with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Patrick Kella in the No. 1. Axel Lagerlof picked up his 10th win of the spring in the No. 3 against El Sallaly in a 6-3, 7-5 final.
Formont was forced to make a comeback in the No. 5 to claim his team-leading 16th win in 2014. He took down Poledica, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Cadieux, Zeljkovic, and Lynch each added wins of their own to cap off a strong team performance.
Mid-American Conference play is right around the corner for the Huskies. On Friday, March 28, they'll head to Kalamazoo, Mich. to face Western Michigan. The two teams will take to the courts at 3:00 p.m.
NIU 7, St. Louis 0
1. Dor Amir
(NIU) def. Patrick Kella (STL) 6-4, 6-1
2. Frederic Cadieux
(NIU) def. Joe Flanagan (STL) 6-2, 6-0
3. Axel Lagerlof
(NIU) def. Yehia El Sallaly (STL) 6-3, 7-5
4. Jovan Zeljkovic
(NIU) def. Nishaad Balachandran (STL) 6-2, 6-2
5. Simon Formont
(NIU) def. Vuk Poledica (STL) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
6. Matt Lynch
(NIU) def. Paarth Dodhiawala (STL) 6-2, 6-3
1. Lagerlog/Amir (NIU) vs. Kella/Flanagan (STL) DNF
2. Foront/Cadieux (NIU) def. Balachandran/El Sallaly (STL) 8-3
3. Zeljkovic/Lynch (NIU) def. Poledica/Dodhiawala (STL) 8-4