Huskies Get a Taste of High-Level Play in USTA JSM Challenger Qualifying Event

GO HUSKIES Axel Lagerlof
Axel Lagerlof

Oct. 7, 2013

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's tennis team traveled to the Atkins Tennis Center to compete in a qualifier for the USTA JSM Challenger over the weekend. The Challenger is an event that attracts professional tennis players from around the world. NIU players and other collegiate tennis players were competing for a spot in the main event, which is set to begin on Monday, November 11.

The field was very tough in this event, as it attracted some of the top collegiate tennis players in the nation. The hosting university, the University of Illinois, ranked as the 24th best team in the nation after the 2013 spring season, and it had eight players competing in this tournament. Due to the tough competition, no Huskie was able to clear the third round of the tournament. Matt Lynch came the closest to advancing to a quarterfinal match, as he was able to take his first set against opposing Blake Bazarnik, 7-6(5). However, the rest of the match when in Bazarnik's favor.

"Playing in this type of event was awesome for our guys," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher. "All of our athletes would like to play tennis at the professional level, and to have a chance to play in a tournament of this level will only help our guys understand what it takes to be a professional athlete."

The Huskies have bit more than a week to prepare for the ITA Regionals, which begin on Wednesday, October 16. They'll travel to Columbus, Ohio for the five-day event. It will be the final event of the fall season for NIU.

USTA JSM Challenger Qualifier Results:
Simon Formont def. Omar Turk: 7-5, 6-3
Blake Bazarnik def. Formont: 6-3, 6-0

Matt Lynch had first round bye
Lynch def. Moritz Kandt: 6-3, 7-6(3)
Bazarnik def. Lynch: 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-1

Frederic Cadieux def. Andy Page: 6-3, 6-0
Cadieux def. Jorge Cavero: 6-4, 4-6, 10-7
Julian Childers def. Cadieux: 6-3, 6-4

Axel Lagerlof def. Nicholas Zelasko: 6-2, 6-2
Lagerlof def. James Li: 6-2, 6-0
Farris Gosea def. Lagerlof: 6-1, 6-1

Dor Amir had first round bye
Amir def. Jonathan Bendetto: 6-2, 6-1
Sameer Kumar def. Amir: 6-4, 6-4

Jovan Zeljkovic had first round bye
Zeljkovic def. Rafael Cuadrillero: 6-1, 6-0
Christian Hansen def. Zeljkovic: 6-3, 6-3



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