April 19, 2013
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's tennis team (14-8, 2-2 MAC) will travel to New York to close out the regular season game at Buffalo. The Huskies will take on the Bulls (9-7, 3-0 MAC) in a final showdown before the Mid-American Conference Tournament, in which NIU will be looking to clinch a berth against the Bulls.
Last weekend, the Huskies split their matches as they lost to Detroit-Mercy, 4-2, but rallied back to win at Toledo to keep their MAC Tournament hopes alive, 6-1.
At the No.1 position versus the Titans, Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof were only the Huskies to register a win in doubles competition, 8-5,thus giving the doubles point to UDM. Amir would take his winning streak into his singles match where he defeated Mike Basha in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Frederic Cadieux followed up, extending his undefeated streak at the No. 2 position to nine after he defeated his competition, 6-4, 6-3. The Huskies would attempt to keep up the momentum but the Titans prevailed taking the doubles point and the final three single matches.
After falling to Detroit, Northern Illinois traveled to Toledo in hopes of redeeming themselves with a MAC win against the Rockets. UT swept doubles and claimed four of the first set victories in singles. The Huskies quickly regrouped and forced the Rockets lost in space. Cadieux finished off Francisco Stuardo in two sets, 7-6, 6-2, in the No.3 spot. At No.2, Amir came back from a scoreless first set defeating Grant Adams, 0-6, 6-4, 6-0. Simon Formont sealed the victory for NIU battling in three sets and coming out victorious, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Buffalo will be coming off a match against Ball State before taking on the Huskies on April 21st at 10 a.m. Central. The Bulls are 9-7 overall and 3-0 in the MAC. A victory against Buffalo will seal the Huskies spot in the MAC Championship. The Bulls were co-MAC Champions last season with the Huskies.
The Huskies will host the Mid-American Conference Championship next weekend April 26-27.