Rockets Host Northern Illinois For Crucial League Match in Home Finale

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 04/13/2013
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Bryant Dudzik will be one of three seniors honored prior to Sunday's home finale against Northern Illinois.

TOLEDO, Ohio - The Toledo men's tennis team (18-8, 0-2 MAC) is seeking its first conference win of the season when it plays host to league-foe Northern Illinois (13-8, 1-2 MAC) on Sunday, April 14. March start time is slated for 1:00 p.m. on the UT Varsity Tennis Courts, as Toledo honors its three seniors prior to the final home match of the season.

The Sunday matinee is also being dubbed "USTA Kid's Day" with food and prizes available for participating youth, as well as an opportunity to be an honorary captain. 

"This should be another close and exciting match on our campus," UT head coach Al Wermer said. "NIU has been great lately. It will take an extraordinary effort to win, but we feel like we're focused and improving every day."

The Rockets and Huskies are separated by one game in the Mid-American Conference standings and a UT victory would create a fourth-place tie between the schools. 

Toledo is coming off a narrow 4-3 setback to Buffalo on its home courts last weekend. After dominating the visitors during doubles with two victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, UT could only manage two points at the No. 3 and No. 4 singles positions.

Senior Francisco Stuardo is carrying the most momentum into Sunday's match with three consecutive victories at the No. 3 singles flight. Stuardo has compiled an overall singles record of 14-7 and a team-best 14-5 ledger in doubles play during his first season as a Rocket.

Sophomore Grant Adams leads the squad with 19 wins while playing primarily at No. 2 singles, and sophomore Tomas Stillman is 13-8 at the top flight.

Seniors Terence Weigand (No. 5) and Bryant Dudzik (No. 6) enter their final home match with 14-7 and 12-6 records, respectively.

Northern Illinois has a quick turnaround as they look to rebound from a 4-2 loss to Detroit on Friday, April 12. Toledo defeated Detroit 4-3 back on Jan. 20, but NIU claimed last year's meeting with UT in DeKalb, Ill., 5-2.

NIU is paced by sophomore Dor Amir (21-10) and sophomore Frederic Cadeiux (23-4).

The regular season will come to a close next weekend when UT treks to Kalamazoo, Mich. for a battle with Western Michigan on Friday, April 19. The season finale will be played in Chicago the next day, Saturday, April 20 against Chicago State.

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