April 21, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Northern Illinois men's tennis team (15-8, 3-2 MAC) closed the regular season on a high note Sunday at Buffalo (9-9, 3-2 MAC) as it defeated the Bulls, 4-3. The Huskies will open up the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament next Friday as the host institution.
The Huskies clinched the valuable doubles point with a clean sweep at Nos. 1-3, including a thriller at No. 2 by Simon Formont and Max Phillips. The NIU pair faced off against Akhil Mehta and Sebastian Ionescu and took the match down to the wire, defeating the UB duo, 9-8 (4).
In singles play, the bottom half of the lineup pulled the Huskies weight as Phillips at No. 5 and Maksym Lagutin at No. 6 came to the aid of No. 2 Dor Amir to seal the Huskies victory. Phillips and Lagutin grinded out their matches in three-sets as Phillips defeated Sergio Arevalillo, 6-2, 0-6, 6-2, and Lagutin downed Ashwin Sharma, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. Amir claimed victory in two sets against Damien David, 6-4, 6-2.
Northern Illinois will host the MAC Men's Tennis Championship next Friday and Saturday at Huskie Tennis Courts or at Vaughn Athletic Center in Aurora, Ill., weather pending. Buffalo, Mid-American Conference Champion Ball State and Western Michigan will participate in the tournament, alongside NIU.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS 4, BUFFALO 3
Miller Tennis Center
1. Lagerlof/Amir (NIU) d. David/Hove (UB), 8-6
2. Formont/Phillips (NIU) d. Mehta/Ionescu (UB), 9-8 (4)
3. Cadieux/Zejkovic (NIU) d. Shkodnik/Arevalillo (UB), 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
1. Vusa Hove (UB) d. Axel Lagerlof
(NIU), 7-5, 4-6, 6-0
2. Dor Amir
(NIU) d. Damien David (UB), 6-4, 6-2
3. Sebastian Ionescu (UB) d. Frederic Cadieux
(NIU), 6-4, 6-2
4. Pablo Alvarez (UB) d. Jovan Zejkovic (NIU), 6-3, 6-2
5. Max Phillips
(NIU) d. Sergio Arevalillo (UB), 6-2, 0-6, 6-2
6. Maksym Lagutin
(NIU) d. Ashwin Sharma (UB), 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 Order of finish:
4, 2, 3, 6, 5, 1
Team records: Northern Illinois 15-8, 3-2 MAC; Buffalo 9-9, 3-2 MAC