April 3, 2004
ILLINOIS 7 BUFFALO 0
1. Willy Gali (NIU) def. Randy Rocchio (UB) 6-2, 6-0
2. Juan Pablo Barriga (NIU) def. Nick Zieziula (UB) 6-3, 6-2
3. Erick Martinez (NIU) def. Mike Rockman (UB) 6-0, 6-2
4. Jack Komar (NIU) def. Josh Liederman (UB) 6-3, 6-4
5. Aaron Forsberg (NIU) def. Rangga Prayudha (UB) 6-1, 6-1
6. Stephen Guntly (NIU) def. Joe Popielarczyk (UB) 6-1, 6-2
1. Gali/Forsberg (NIU) def. Rocchio/Yules Hadisubroto (UB), 8-1
2. Barriga/Martinez (NIU) def. Zieziula/Albert Alant (UB), 8-4
3. Komar/Guntly (NIU) def. Liederman/Prayudha (UB), 8-4
DATE: Northern Illinois now 13-3 (1-0 MAC), Buffalo now 7-10
NEXT HUSKIE MATCH: Sunday, April 4--- Northern Illinois at
Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI, 1 p.m.
BULLS FOR EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY, SET SIGHTS ON BRONCOS
DeKALB, IL--- No matter where they call home, the Northern Illinois
University men's tennis team may as well hang a shingle outside
denoting that visitors are not welcomed. Playing in gusting winds
at NIU's Anderson Hall Courts, the Huskies blanked the University
at Buffalo 7-0 on Saturday (April 3) in the squads' Mid-American
Conference opener. The win is Northern Illinois' seventh home victory
in seven tries and sixth shutout win at home this season. With the
triumph, the Huskies move to 13-3 on the season, while the Bulls
drop to 7-10, 1-2 in conference play.
In doubles, the Huskies took the point behind a trio of victories,
the first being an 8-1 win by Willy Gali (Barcelona, Spain
/ les Avsias March) and Aaron Forsberg (Moline) in the top
spot. At No. 2, Juan Pablo Barriga (Ario de Rosales Michoacan,
Mexico / Colegio de Bachilleres del Estado de Michoacan) and Erick
Martinez (Amargura, Mexico / Preparatario Abierta) teamed for
an 8-4 win, while Jack Komar (Lake in the Hills / Crystal
Lake South) and Stephen Guntly (Genoa City, WI / Badger)
posted a victory by the same count at No. 3.
Northern Illinois found similar success in singles play, with Gali
pushing his team-high win total to 22 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Randy
Rocchio. Barriga and Martinez posted victories in the second and
third positions, with Komar tallying a 6-3, 6-4 win in the fourth
slot. Komar's victory--his 20th of the season--makes him the first
freshman since Peter Berka to reach the 20-win plateau. Berka
posted 22 wins in the 1992-93 campaign. Forsberg and Guntly rounded
out the Huskie scorecard with victories in the fifth and sixth slots.
Immediately following the victory, the Huskies hit the road to travel
to Kalamazoo, MI, for a Sunday date with Western Michigan University.
The Broncos, currently ranked No. 55 in the latest Intercollegiate
Tennis Association rankings, have dropped two straight matches,
including a 7-0 loss to 43rd-ranked Minnesota on Friday (April 2).
Western Michigan (13-6, 1-0 MAC) and Northern Illinois (13-3, 1-0
MAC) will meet on Sunday (April 4) at 1 p.m., weather permitting
at Sorensen Courts.
---Copy by Matt Baylor