March 28, 2014
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - NIU picked up its conference victory on Friday at Western Michigan (10-9, 0-1 MAC). The Huskies were able to overcome the Broncos, a team which bested them twice in 2013, in a 5-2 final. The win improves NIU's record to 14-5 with a 1-0 record in the MAC.
"We played pretty well in doubles," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. "We did a good job of applying pressure in singles as well."
In doubles, Simon Formont and Frederic Cadieux started things strong for the Huskies. They were the first ones to finish, taking an 8-5 victory in the No. 2 over Jim Beckwith and Ruben Greiner. Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof later sealed the point for NIU when they took the No. 1 against Nadin Indre and Stephen Payne, 8-3. It was the tandem's 15th victory of the spring.
With the doubles point in hand, NIU looked to get the victory in singles with at least three victories. The team did not disappoint in this one, as the Huskies took four of the six singles matches to end the affair ahead 5-2.
Jovan Zeljkovic helped get things going with a win the No. 4 against Jim Beckwith, 6-3, 7-5. It was Zeljkovic's 11th victory of the spring. Matt Lynch turned a comeback victory in the No. 6 to help the cause. He toughed out a battle against Michael Treis to eventually win, 2-6, 6-2, (10-8).
"Jovan was great," said Fisher. "He really helped us make a push against them. Lynch played really well too. He got himself down early, but turned it around to get the win."
Cadieux improved his spring record to 15-4 with a win in the No. 2 He bested Greiner in the contest, 6-0, 6-3. Lagerlof picked up a victory in the No. 3 against Andrew Cahn, taking the match 6-4, 6-1.
"It's very tough to play on Western Michigan's courts and get the victory," added Fisher. "This is big for us, but it doesn't ensure anything. We still need to improve, particularly in doubles, where we struggled to make good returns today. This is a tough conference to play in, so we'll need to keep up the intensity."
Next up for the Huskies is match against Ball State. On Saturday, April 5, the Huskies will host the Cardinals. As of now, that match will be played at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill. However, if weather permits, it the match may be played on the outdoor tennis courts at NIU in DeKalb, Ill. For updates on the location, go to NIUHuskies.com.
NIU 5, WMU 2
1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Dor Amir (NIU) 6-3, 6-4
2. Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU) 6-0, 6-3
3. Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-4, 6-1
4. Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Jim Beckwith (WMU) 6-3, 7-5
5. Matt Hamilton (WMU) def. Simon Formont (NIU) 5-7, 6-3, (10-7)
6. Matt Lynch (NIU) def. Michael Treis (WMU) 2-6, 6-4, (10-8)
1. Dor Amir/Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Nadin Indre/Stephen Payne (WMU) 8-3
2. Simon Formont/Frederic Cadieux (NIU) def. Jim Beckwith/Ruben Greiner (WMU) 8-5
3. Michael Treis/Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Matt Lynch/Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) 8-4