March 9, 2014
DeKALB, Ill. - The Huskies are in Florida for spring break. As they take a break from the midwest region, they'll be playing three tennis matches. On Monday, March 10, NIU will face Troy (1-9) at 3:00 p.m. in Boca Raton, Fla. Next up is Southern Mississippi (7-7), set to take place on Tuesday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. in Palm City, Fla. The last one will be back in Boca Raton against Florida Atlantic (7-6) on Wednesday, March 12 at 3:00 p.m. All times are central.
The Huskies traveled to Marquette for their last contest. It was one of their closest matches of the year, and it ended in a 4-3 defeat for NIU. Matt Lynch had a big victory in the event. He faced Nick Dykema in the No. 4. The Golden Eagle and Huskie had faced each previously in a high school match, and Dykema was victorious then. This time however, Lynch was the better player, winning 6-2, 6-3.
Simon Formont has been impressive for the Huskies this season. After turning a 12-1 singles record last spring, Formont has delivered for the Huskies in 2014 by going 13-0 so far. He has played in No. 4, 5, and 6 matches for the Huskies this season.
The Troy Trojans have had a rough start to their year at 1-9. Their last match ended in a 5-2 loss against Florida Gulf Coast. The Trojans will face Florida Atlantic earlier on Monday before taking on NIU. Scott Kidd heads the coaching staff in his first year with the team. He's looking to improve on Troy's 2013 spring season when the Trojans finished 8-17.
The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles have had their ups and downs this year. Coming into the match against NIU, the team is 7-7, and they won their last match against SIU-Edwardsville, 6-1. Juan Escobar has been tough primarily in the No. 6. He is 6-2 in No. 6 matches this year with an 8-2 record overall.
Florida Atlantic recently took two very close victories to improve its record to 7-6 this season. The Owls bested Toledo and Wright State in their last two matches, both ending in a 4-3 final. Will Neuner leads the team in wins this spring with seven. He's 7-5 in 2014, playing most of his matches in the No. 2, where he holds a 6-4 record.
After this set of matches, the next time the Huskies play will be on Saturday, March 22. They'll face Saint Louis at 1:00 p.m. and Cardinal Stritch at 5:00 p.m. at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill.