April 29, 2014
CLEVELAND, Ohio - After a strong 2013-14 season, the four members of NIU's men's tennis team have been recognized by the MAC as among the conference's best. Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof were given First Team All-MAC honors. Frederic Cadieux was named as a Second Team All-MAC player. To cap it off, Patrick Fisher was named MAC Coach of the Year.
"There are a lot of great coaches in this conference," said Fisher. "It's a great accomplishment to be honored among these guys. This is really a team award though. My players are the ones going out there and winning matches."
Fisher coached the Huskies to the tune of an 18-5 regular season record. They also went 4-0 in the MAC, finishing the season with sole possession of first place and winning the regular season championship. Fisher is the first coach in NIU history to be named MAC Coach of the Year. He is just the second to win a coaching award during the program's history, the first being Mickey Maule in 1995 when NIU was part of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.
Amir now has three First Team All-MAC selections on his ledger, solidifying himself as one of the finest Huskies in NIU history. He has been named to the team in each of the last three seasons. Amir went 19-11 in singles this year, pairing that with a 22-6 doubles record.
Lagerlof received his second consecutive First Team All-MAC selection and third All-MAC selection overall. Lagerlof is one of the winningest players in NIU history, as he has 160 career combined victories. He is sixth overall in the category in the program's history.
"I'm happy for Dor and Axel," said Fisher. "They deserve this. They were amazing in doubles this year. They've given a lot to this team over the years."
Cadieux earned Second Team All-MAC honors for a second straight year. Cadieux led the Huskies in both combined and singles wins this year, with 43 and 27 respectively. He was flawless in No. 2 matches this spring, going 8-0 in such affairs. Cadieux was also named to the MAC All-Tournament team for his strong performance against Buffalo on Friday, April 25.
"Fred was amazing this year too," added Fisher. "He's on track to be one of the winningest players in school history with 79 singles wins already."
Also nominated from NIU was Jovan Zeljkovic. He too turned in a fine season, going 20-8 in singles and 16-12 in doubles. He was much improved this year from 2012-13 season, when he produced a combined record of 26-33.
"Jovan has given a lot to this program too," said Fisher. "He had a great season like his teammates."
With the 2013-14 season over, the Huskies will aim for a strong 2014-15 performance, starting in September 2014. The team will have new players coming in, and NIU will look to make a run at the MAC by the end of it.
"I'm excited for the future here at NIU," said Fisher. "Our new guys will bring in a lot of talent to this team. Matt and Carlos were great this year, and I want to see what they're really capable of next year."