March 6, 2013
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois men’s tennis team will embark on its annual spring break trip this weekend, continuing on to next week. The Huskies will open spring break at Marquette Friday and head down to Florida to take on Stetson, Appalachian State and Army.
The Huskies (8-4) split last weekend, dropping their match at Butler, 5-2, and defeating IUPUI in Indianapolis, 5-2. NIU found itself in a deficit early as it fumbled the doubles point and were swept versus the Bulldogs. The Huskies earned victories at Nos. 2 and 3, led by Dor Amir and Frederic Cadieux, and were close to securing victory at No. 4 with Simon Formont at the position, but he fell in three sets, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. Jovan Zeljkovic was also close to victory at No. 6 but he also fell in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 10-7.
Northern Illinois redeemed itself the following day against IUPUI by first clinching the doubles and winning at Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5. Amir, Cadieux and Zeljkovic earned the victories, along with Axel Lagerlof at No. 2. Cadieux and Amir finished 2-0 in singles and 1-1 in doubles.
Amir, a native of Tel Aviv, Israel, sports a 10-1 singles record halfway through the season while the Verdun, Quebec, Canada native, Cadieux, leads the team with an 11-1 register. Though it is a new team this year, the 8-4 Huskies are still only one win shy of last year’s mark through 12 matches, as NIU was 9-3 after 12 matches in 2012.
The Golden Eagles are currently 7-5 following a victory over Green Bay March 3, 4-3. MU’s No. 1 Dan Mamalat has been solid as a rock this dual season as he carries a 10-2 record in singles and also boasts an 8-3 register in doubles. He has also won nine of his last 10 matches. Marquette is 2-4 in their last six matches. The Huskies will take on Marquette Friday afternoon in Milwaukee.
Stetson currently owns a 4-0 dual record this season but will play a pair of matches in California at UC Riverside and Loyola Marymount before taking on the Huskies March 11. The Hatters opened the season with a convincing 5-2 victory over No. 56 St. John’s that put them into the national poll for two weeks. The strength of the Stetson lineup lies at the bottom half of the lineup as Nos. 3 through 6 combine for a flawless 16-0 record.
Appalachian State owns a 1-6 mark this year having played through the Carolinas in the early season. The Mountaineers will faceoff with Army and Bethune-Cookman before taking on NIU March 12. The team’s lone victory of the season came Feb. 3 versus Tennessee Tech, a 4-3 decision in Boone, N.C. ASU was last in action Feb. 16 at East Carolina, a 5-2 loss.
The Black Knights carry an 8-2 record and are currently on a four-match winning streak. Army last lost Feb. 24 to Marist, 4-3, and previous to that Feb. 1 at No. 56 Arkansas, 6-1. Like the rest of the Huskies competition over the week, the Black Knights will take on a slew of opponents as they take on Appalachian State, UCF and Bethune-Cookman before facing NIU. Army has a deep roster of cadets on the team, as 11 players have appeared in singles play during the dual season. The teams will meet March 14.
Following the spring break trip, Northern Illinois will return to action March 24 at Southern Illinois.