Men's Tennis Excels in River Forest Invitational

GO HUSKIES Jovan Zeljkovic
Jovan Zeljkovic

Sept. 15, 2013


The Northern Illinois men's tennis team built on its strong performance on Friday, September 13 to have the best overall performance of any team at the River Forest Invitational. The Huskies emerged as the best performers on Saturday, September 14, producing the highest tournament point total of all the teams at 58 points.

The Huskies finished with two flight wins. Jovan Zeljkovic won the #4 Singles flight against Sam O'Neill from Butler by a 6-1, 7-6 final. The duo of Matt Lynch and Zeljkovic took down the #3 Doubles flight against Feoli/Hedstrom from UIC. Outside of those first place finishes, NIU finished third or better in all but one flight, the #2 Doubles flight.

"I think we improved from our first day," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. "We came out the best team out of the eight. Jovan and Matt led us the whole way with their play. Congratulations to them, but we have a lot to improve before our next event. We needed this weekend to see where we're at, and we have a high mountain to climb to get where we want to go."

Next up for NIU is the Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa. That's set to take place in a week, starting on Friday, September 20. It will be the second of four events for the men's tennis team during the fall season.

Tournament Results:

NIU - 58
Butler - 52
Belmont - 40
UIC - 46
Valpo - 46
YSU - 36
MSU - 28
SLU - 18

Dor Amir def. Ji Hoon Heo (MSU): 6-4, 6-1.
Pulok Bhattacharaya (Butler) def. Amir: 6-4, 6-1.
Amir def. James Li (UIC): 6-1, 6-4 for third place.

Axel Lagerlof def. joe Flanagan (SLU): 6-4 6-4.
Marko Lovrinovic (Belmont) def. Lagerlof 6-3 6-1.
Lagerlof def. Austin Woldmoe (Butler): 6-4, 7-6 for third place.



Fred Cadieux def. Ismail Zeechan (YSU): 6-0, 6-1.
Giovanni Samaha (MSU) def. Cadieux: 1-6, 6-3, 12-10.
Cadieux def Cedric Dujacquier (Belmont): 6-3, 7-6 for third place.

Jovan Zeljkovic def. Henrik claesson (Belmont): 6-4, 6-4.
Zeljkovic def. Maurico Feoli(UIC): 6-1, 6-4.
Zeljkovic def. Sam O'Neill (Butler): 6-1, 7-6 in final.

Matt Lynch def. Nick Mercer (MSU): 6-4, 6-1.
Lynch def. Max Schmerin (YSU): 4-6, 6-4, 10-0.
Dave Bacalla (Valparaiso) def. Lynch: 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), (10-5) in final.

Carlos Mansanas def. def. Hans Nardelli (Belmont): 6-2, 6-2.
Kyle Dunn (Valparaiso) def. Mansanas: 6-3, 7-5.
Mansanas def. Tommy Marx for third place

Simon Formont def. Charlie Emhardt (Valparaiso): 8-5.
Alex Woldmoe (Butler) def. Formont: 6-2, 6-2.

Lagerlof/Amir def Heo/Swindells (MSU): 9-7.
Antun/Lorinovic (Belmont) def. Lagerlof/Amir: 8-3.
Raa/Campanile (UIC) def. Lagerlof/Amir: 8-6 for third place.

Formont/Cadieux def. Ismail/Mistreanu (YSU): 8-5.
Honert/Schorsch (Valparaiso) def. Formont/Cadieux: 8-7 (8-6).
Formont/Cadieux def. Lloveras/Pontow (UIC): 8-4 for third place.

Lynch/Zeljkovic def. Clifford/Mercer (MSU): 8-2.
Lynch/Zeljkovic def. Waak/Oakes (Valparaiso): 8-1.
Lynch/Zeljkovic def. Feoli/Hedstrom(UIC): 8-3 in final.

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