Strong Play Carries Huskies on Day One of River Forest Collegiate

GO HUSKIES Maksym Bartiuk
Maksym Bartiuk

Sept. 16, 2011

RIVER FOREST, Ill. - The Northern Illinois mens tennis team opened day one of the River Forest Invitational with strong performances in both singles and doubles play. The five competing Huskies combined for a 6-4 record in singles play and 2-1 in doubles.

NIU's winners in the first round, Maksym Bartiuk, Axel Lagerlof and Max Phillips, all took their match's to a third and final set. All were victorious in their effort and tidied things up in the second round with victories, with only Lagerlof playing to a tiebreaking set.

In doubles play, Bartiuk and partner Maksym Lagutin dominated their first round match a perfect 8-0 score against Chicago pair Troy Brinker and Ankur Bhargava.

The men will look to continue their successful run tomorrow as they continue the River Forest Collegiate.

DOUBLES (Round 1):
Lagerlof/Phillips (NIU) def. Amaral/Matos (BU) 8-4
Bartiuk/Lagutin (NIU) def. Brinker/Bhargava (UC) 8-0
Washuta/Dias (SIUE) def. Wei/Kapshuk (NIU) 8-3

SINGLES (Round 1):
Maksym Bartiuk (NIU) def. Troy Brinker (UC) 6-4, 4-6, 10-6
Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Henrique Norbiato (BU) 4-6, 6-1, 10-8
Max Phillips (NIU) def. Jacob Tanulanond (SIUE) 1-6, 7-6, 10-5
Ankur Bhargava (UIC) def. Maksym Lagutin (NIU) 6-3, 6-1
Fernando Mussolini (BU) def. Bryant Wei (NIU) 6-0, 6-1

SINGLES (Round 2):
Maksym Bartiuk (NIU) def. Alex Raa (UIC) 6-3, 6-3
Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. James Li (UIC) 4-6, 6-3, 10-6
Max Phillips (NIU) def. Mitch Granger (WIU) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
Gino Octa (WIU) def. Maksym Lagutin (NIU) 6-4, 5-7, 10-1
Ryan Ho (UC) def. Bryant Wei (NIU) 6-0, 4-6, 10-5



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