YSU Earns Hard-Fought 4-3 Victory Over Northern Illinois

Erik Gran
Erik Gran

Orlando, Fla. - The Youngstown State men's tennis team earned a hard-fought 4-3 victory over Northern Illinois on Sunday afternoon at the USTA National Campus.

The Penguins (5-4) won four singles contests to earn their second win over a Mid-American Conference foe this year. 

The win against the Huskies (8-7) didn't come easy after the Penguins dropped the doubles point. 

YSU won at No. 1, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles to claim the victory. Yossi Dahan and Danylo Veremeichuk each fought of match points to help lead the Penguins to their first win against NIU.

At No. 1, Veremeichuk beat Eric Marbach, 6-4, 1-6, 13-11. Veremeichuk fought off match points by Marbach in the third-set super tiebreaker at 9-8 and 11-10. However, Veremeichuk won the final three points to claim the victory.

At No. 5, Dahan dropped the first set to Victor Spolidorio 6-3 and trailed 5-4 (40-15) in the second set. However, Dahan fought off three match points and won the second set, 7-6. In the super tiebreaker Dahan used that momentum to earn a 10-4 win.

At No. 4, Luke Purser was the lone Penguin to win in straight sets as he beat Mikko Malinen 6-4, 7-6.

At No. 6, Erik Gran earned the clinching victory. Gran won his first set 7-5 against Shao-Yu Yu before dropping the second 6-4. In the super tiebreaker, he won 10-7 to give the dual victory the Penguins.

At No. 2, Vasilis Vardakis lost a 7-5, 4-6, 10-8 contest to David Pata and at No. 3, Joao Garretto lost 6-7, 6-4, 10-5 to Bor Schweiger Muzar.

In doubles, YSU won at No. 1 as Veremeichuk and Garretto earned a 6-2 victory, however the Huskies won at No. 2 and No. 3 to earn the point. 

The Guins return to action on Monday when they take on Samford at Sanlando Park. First serve is set for 3 p.m.

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