Oct. 20, 2007
Minneapolis, Minn. - With the fall season coming to an end, the Northern Illinois men's tennis team is laying it all out on the line as the Huskies are still alive in both the singles and doubles draw at the ITA Midwest Region IV Tournament on Friday at the University of Minnesota Baseline Tennis Center.
Senior Alex Friesen (Vancouver, B.C. / Burnaby Central) is setting the pace for the Huskies as he advanced to the main draw of the singles flight with victories over both Minnesota's Adam Altepeter (6-3, 6-3) and Michigan's Scott Bruckman (6-4, 1-6, 6-3).
"What Alex did was really difficult and I'm very proud of him," NIU head men's tennis coach Pontus Hiort said. "He showed some good character, fought hard and stayed aggressive."
Friesen also teamed with Jimmy Chu (Lima, Peru / San Augustin) to pick up a pair of wins over Ohio State's Balazs Novak and Dominic Ozanne (8-4) and Michigan's Chris Madden and George Navas (9-7) and advance to the "Sweet 16" of the qualifying round. Joining Chu and Friesen in the final 16 were teammates Adam Ford (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Central) and Brian Livingston (Skokie, Ill. / Niles North).
Ford and Livingston were victorious over both Minnesota's Raoul Schwark and Tobias Wernet (8-6) and Ball State's Jarrod Epkey and Jose Perdomo (8-6).