Feb. 21, 2013
DeKALB, Ill. - With a weeks rest after a busy opening month, with eight matches played in that span, the Northern Illinois men's tennis team (6-2) will return to action Friday February 23 for matches against Green Bay (6-1) and Western Illinois (7-8), starting at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.
The Huskies split a road swing two weeks ago at Saint Louis and SIU-Edwardsville, defeating the Billikens 6-1 and falling to the Cougars, 4-3. At SLU, NIU was dominate as its only point was surrendered following Max Phillips retiring from the match.
During Sunday's match at SIUE, the Huskies dropped the doubles point to go down 1-0 early. It was a dogfight in singles as the match came down to the No. 4 spot in the lineup where Huskie Simon Formont and Jacob Tanulanond squared off for the match-winning point. Formont lost the first set 6-2 but rallied back in the second with a 6-3 win to tie the match. The tightly contested third set did not fall to Formont as he lost to Tanulanond, 7-5.
The Huskies top-three - Dor Amir, Frederic Cadieux and Axel Lagerlof - finished 2-0 in singles play on the weekend, with Cadieux extending his season-opening unbeaten streak to eight-straight matches. Cadieux is 8-0 in singles with six of his wins at No. 3 and two at No. 2. In doubles he is 4-3 with Amir at the No. 1 position.
Green Bay will enter the match with a 6-1 record that includes a win over Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan in the season-opener January 25, 4-3. The Phoenix, like the Huskies, had last weekend off after playing a pair of matches February 9 against Kenyon (W, 7-0) and UW-Whitewater (W, 5-2). Its only loss of the season came at the hands of then-No. 43 Drake, but individuals were still able to snag wins as Michael Tenzer won at No. 2 and Leopold Gomez Islinger at No. 4.
Western Illinois has played a busy schedule thus far and owns a 7-8 through the first month of competition. The Leathernecks finished last weekend 2-2, earning wins over Knox and North Dakota and losses to Toledo and then-No. 41 Drake. Bradley Holt has a team best 7-4 record, with four wins at No. 3 and two at No. 1, followed closely behind by Mitch Granger's 6-4 record with three wins at No. 5 and two at No. 3.
The matches will be Northern Illinois' final in the month of February and as it opens March with contests in Indianapolis against Butler and IUPUI March 3 and 4, respectively.