April 5, 2014
DeKALB, Ill. - The Huskies broke in the outdoor courts at NIU Saturday afternoon with a 6-1 win over Ball State (9-9, 1-2 MAC). They improved to 15-5 this season with a 2-0 record in the MAC.
The Huskies got ahead early with their performance in doubles. Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof continued their strong season with an 8-4 win over Ray Leonard and Austin Smith in the No. 1. Matt Lynch and Jovan Zeljkovic teamed up to take the No. 3 match against Lucas Anderson and Matt Helm, 8-3. With two wins in doubles, the Huskies earned an early 1-0 lead.
NIU took five of the six singles matches in the contest, and some of those matches were very close. Simon Formont and Lagerlof each won their matches in two sets. Lagerlof took down Leonard in the No. 2, 6-4, 6-3. Formont bested Andrew Stutz in the No. 5, 7-5, 6-1. The other matches required a bit more effort.
Amir had a back-and-forth match against Leonard in the No. 1, one that the Huskie went on to win 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Zeljkovic needed a super tiebreak to take Austin Smith, winning the No. 4, 5-7, 7-6 (10-6). Lynch had a rough start in the No. 6, but he recovered nicely to claim a 0-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory against Pat Downs. With five victories in singles, NIU took the affair 6-1 overall.
NIU has beaten Western Michigan and Ball State to open MAC play. This is the second time since 1974 that NIU has beaten both teams in same season. The last time NIU accomplished this feat was in the spring of 2012.
The Huskies have their last non-conference game of the season coming up. On Tuesday, April 8, NIU will head to Chicago, Ill. to face the UIC Flames. The match will be at 5:00 p.m.
NIU 6, Ball State 1
1. Dor Amir
(NIU) def. Ray Leonard (BSU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
2. Axel Lagerlof
(NIU) def. Pat Elliott (BSU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Lucas Anderson (BSU) def. Frederic Cadieux
(NIU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6
4. Jovan Zeljkovic
(NIU) def. Austin Smith (BSU) 5-7, 7-6, (10-6)
5. Simon Formont
(NIU) def. Andrew Stutz (BSU) 7-5, 6-1
6. Matt Lynch
(NIU) def. Pat Downs (BSU) 0-6, 6-1, 6-3
1. Amir/ Lagerlof (NIU) def. Leonard/Smith (BSU) 8-4
2. Elliott/Stutz (BSU) def. Formont/Cadieux (NIU) 8-4
Zeljkovic/Lynch (NIU) def. Lucas Anderson/Matt Helm (BSU) 8-3