Oct. 20, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - NIU sophomore Dor Amir won his round of 32 match Saturday morning to advance to the round of 16 of the ITA MidWest Regional. It is the first time in at least 10 seasons that a Huskie men's tennis player has advanced this far in the Midwest regional.
"This is great for Dor, great for Northern Illinois and great for the program," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher, "this is probably one of the toughest regions to compete in, outside of the Southeast regional, with a lot of power programs in the Midwest. We get a chance to take on some of the best players in the country and Dor is winning his matches against these guys."
After winning his first round match yesterday afternoon against Illinois' Julian Childers in straight sets, 7-6, 6-4, Amir was slated to take on Michigan State's Gijs Linders in the second round of play.
Linders gained the upper hand in the match when he took the first set, 7-5. The evenly matched players went at in the second set and Amir triumphed, 6-4. In the final set, the native of Israel returned the favor with a close battle and won, 7-5, to advance to the round of 16.
He will return to action later today to take on Illinois' Tim Kopinski.