Bartiuk, Men's Tennis Turn in Strong Effort in Fall Opener



Sept. 19, 2010

PEORIA, Ill. - Sophomore Maksym Bartiuk went unbeaten in singles play, and teamed with junior Roman Turtygin to post two more doubles victories, highlighting the Northern Illinois men's tennis team's performance at the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic in Peoria last weekend.

Bartiuk, playing in the No. 1 singles flight, did not drop a set in defeating the top singles players from Saint Louis, Coe College and Bradley. At No. 2 singles, Turtygin defeated both SIU-Edwardsville and Coe College in straight sets, before falling in a three-set tiebreaking decision versus Hamish Weerasinghe of Bradley. After advancing to the fourth round with a bye, Turtygin then dropped a shortened one-set decision against Saint Louis.

At the No. 3 singles flight, sophomore Mikhail Titov did not drop a set through the first three rounds, before defaulting his final two matches due to a minor injury. Freshman Maksym Lagutin, making his college tennis debut in the fourth singles flight, defeated his counterparts from both SIU-Edwardsville and Saint Louis in straight sets. Classmate Bryant Poggensee captured a three-set win in the first round, before dropping straight-set decisions versus Saint Louis and Bradley, in the No. 5 singles slot.

As mentioned, Bartiuk and Turtygin made up the Huskies' top doubles tandem, and went 2-2 on the weekend. The duo defeated Saint Louis and Coe College in pro set decisions, and fell short against both Bradley and SIU-Edwardsville.

In the second doubles flight, Titov and Lagutin combined to post three wins, easily defeating Coe College, SIU-Edwarsville and Bradley, before dropping a 9-8 (8-3) decision versus Bobby Kidera and Joe Flanagan from Saint Louis.

The Huskies will travel to Muncie, Ind., next weekend (Sept. 24-26) to compete in the Ball State Invitational.