Oct. 23, 2011
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northern Illinois men's tennis closed its fall season at the Northwestern Wildcat Invitational this weekend. The Huskies took on some of the top midwest team's at the tournament and had some success against those teams.
"Overall, it was a good fall and we made some progress in our game," said Head Coach Patrick Fisher.
Maksym Bartiuk and Roman Turtygin finished the tournament 1-1, while Max Phillips lead all Huskies with a 2-1 record in the tournament in singles.
Phillips won his opening match Friday and followed up with a loss in straigh sets Saturday to Minnesota's Eric Frueh, 6-4, 6-2. On Sunday, the native of England defeated Marc Shideler of Western Michigan 7-6 (1), 6-2.
Bartiuk lost his second round match in the main draw to Northwestern's Eric Spector, taking the first set 6-3, but lost the second and third set, 6-1, 10-3.
Turtygin won his first match in the back draw versus Iowa's Andres Estenssoro 6-4, 6-4 and resigned for his match Sunday, replaced by Illinois' Ross Guignon.
The Huskies will resume action in 2012, opening its season Jan. 21 with matches against UW-Whitewater and Butler in Rockford, Ill.