Oct. 20, 2012
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - After advancing to the round of 16 early Saturday morning, sophomore Dor Amir ended his run at ITA Midwest Regional at Michigan State in the afternoon. Amir was the first Northern Illinois men's tennis player in at least 10 seasons to advance to the round of 16 at the regional.
The Israel native opened the day with a win over Michigan State home court favorite Gijs Linders in three sets, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5. Amir would take on another Big Ten foe in Illinois' Tim Kopinski in the round of 16. Amir played well in the first set but fell, 6-4, and followed in the second set with a 6-1 lost.
The sophomore closed the tournament with a 2-1 record in singles and a 0-1 record in doubles with partner Frederic Cadieux at the regional.
The success by Northern Illinois at the tournament has been progressive over the years under Head Coach Patrick Fisher.
In 2010, the Huskies only had one player in the main draw and improved to two last season, when Axel Lagerlof won a bid in the qualifying draw to join teammate Maksym Bartiuk. Amir and Lagerlof both started in the main draw this year and nearly had a third in Max Phillips, who fell in the qualifying draw final Friday.
NIU will return to the court in 2013 when the spring season begins in late January.