Sept. 23, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - Northern Illinois' men's tennis team has completed its second event of the fall season. On Friday, September 20, the Huskies began play in the Drake Invitational, held at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Through the first two days, much of the play had been completed, and the Huskies had two players with the opportunity to win a flight for NIU in Carlos Manzanas and Simon Formont. The two were competing in the same flight, the B Flight Singles. By the end of it all, the two found themselves in the finals. They did not play against each other however, simple taking the flight for NIU.
At the start of play on Sunday, Manzanas and Formont found themselves already close to the final round of the flight. Each had only one more match to win before getting to the last slot in the bracket. Manzanas took on Andres Sainz from Gustavus Adolphus, whom he ended up beating almost flawlessly, winning 6-0, 6-1. Formont's match was much more tightly contested. He faced Harrison Lang from Creighton University. After a long match, Formont was able to pull out the victory, winning 6-4, 5-7, 10-6.
Other players from NIU were not quite as successful in the main brackets. Axel Lagerlof, Frederic Cadieux, and Dor Amir were all unable to win their second matches. Matt Lynch and Jovan Zeljkovic were both able to reach the quarterfinals of their flights, but that's where their play ended in the main brackets.
The elimination from the main brackets did not stop these players from getting back to playing, however. Cadieux, Amir, and Lagerlof each played two consolation matches. The group went undefeated in the six total matches, none of them losing a set along the way.
Doubles play was the theme on Friday, and in those matches, NIU had three teams competing in addition to Manzanas teaming up with Jared Vigen from North Dakota. Out of the NIU teams, Lynch and Zlejkovic were able to reach the final round of the B Flight Doubles bracket. However, they were unable to pull out the win, falling in a close 8-6 match against Brian Miles and Logan Peterson from Gustavus Adolphus.
"After two straight weeks of tennis, our guys were feeling physically exhausted after today," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. "Yesterday, we talked about making a commitment to be more disciplined, and we turn around and go 5-0. Simon and Carlos each won five straight rounds to meet in the final! We are making good progress and we just can't be satisfied with where we're at. Winning championships requires more than just one good day."
The Huskies get a break this weekend after the two events the previous two weekends. On Saturday, October 5, the Huskies will head to Champaign Ill. for the USTA JSM $50,000 Challenger.
Final Drake Invitational Results:
A FLIGHT SINGLES
Jovan Zeljkovic def. Brandon Lee (CU): 6-1, 7-6 (5)
Zeljkovic def. Michael Knight (Northern Colorado): 6-1, 5-7, 11-9
Ben Lott (Drake) def. Zeljkovic: 6-4, 6-1
Frederic Cadieux def. Tob Trower (UNO): 6-3, 6-1
Matt Frost (Drake) def. Cadieux: 6-2, 6-3
In consolation, Cadieux def. Elliott Baker (CU): 6-2, 7-6
In consolation, Cadieux def. Grant Leisner (GA): 6-2, 6-1
Dor Amir def. Mike Psarros (UMKC): 6-3, 6-1
Tyler Mercier (UNO) def. Amir: 7-6(1), 4-6, 10-4
In consolation, Amir def. Josh Oothoudt (ND): 6-3, 6-0
In consolation, Amir def. Danil Ivanov (UMKC): 6-3, 6-2
Axel Lagerlof def. Jordan Loughnan (UNC): 2-6, 6-2, 10-8
Grant Tesmer (Drake) def. Lagerlof (NIU): 3-6, 6-4, 10-5
In consolation, Lagerlof def. Ryan McGuigan (ND): 6-3, 6-2
In consolation, Lagerlof def. Jai Grewal (UMKC): 7-5, 6-2
B FLIGHT SINGLES
Carlos Manzanas def. Anthony Rauschenbach (CU): 6-1, 6-3
Manzanas def. Eric Schuermans (Northern Colorado): 6-1, 7-5
Manzanas def. Marcel Gyswyt (GA): 6-3, 1-0 (retired)
Manzanas def. Andres Sainza (GA): 6-0, 6-1
Manzanas vs. Formont in Final: Not contested
Simon Formont def. Will Biernat (North Dakota): 6-0, 6-2
Formont def. Jai Grewal (UMKC): 6-0, 6-1
Formont def. Harrison Lang (CU): 6-4, 5-7, 10-6
Formont vs. Manzanas in Final: Not contested
Matt Lynch def. James McManus (UNO): 6-1, 6-2
Lynch def. Michael Moya (Northern Colorado): 6-1, 6-2
Harrison Lang (CU) def. Lynch: By walkover
A FLIGHT DOUBLES
Cadieux/Formont def. Edwards/Grewal (UMKC): 8-4
Cadieux/Formont def. Lee/Paluch (CU): 8-4
Frost/McIntosh (Drake) def. Cadieux/Formont: 8-5
Amir/Lagerlof def. Norman/Thompson (CU): 8-6
Amir/Lagerlof def. Chu/MacGibbon (GA): 8-2
Lott/Tesmer (Drake) def. Amir/Lagerlof: 8-5
B FLIGHT DOUBLES
Lynch/Zeljkovic def. Buckley/McKnight (UNO): 8-5
Lynch/Zeljkovic def. Manzanas/Vigen: 8-0
Lynch/Zeljkovic def. Baker/Elofson (GA): 8-4
Peterson/Miles (GA) def. Lynch/Zeljkovic: 8-6