Huskies claim two steals at River Forest Collegiate Invitational – NIU Athletics

Men’s Tennis | September 17

RIVER FOREST, Ill. – Iker Gaztambide Arrastia won the flight four crowns in singles while Olivier Valentinson and Armin Koschtojan paired to win two doubles titles as the Northern Illinois University men’s tennis team opened the clay-court season at the River Forest Collegiate Tennis Invitational this weekend (Sept. 16-17) at the River Forest Tennis Club and the Oak Park Tennis Center.

Making his collegiate debut, Gaztambide Arrastia have lost just four games in three matches. The Spaniard started with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Sebastian Munoz of Saint Louis in the first round. He then outscored Illinois State’s Tin Ostro 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals before winning the title with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Thomas Wallace of the East. from Illinois.

Valentinsson and Koschtojan began their journey to the double steal two championship with a 6-3 victory over Pau Riera and Max Pilipovic-Kljajic of Eastern Illinois. The NIU duo advanced to the final with a 6-2 win over UIC’s Artem Iermolov and Jai Vallurupalli. In the final, Valentinsson and Koschtojan defeated Illinois State’s Adrian Dibildox and Tin Ostro, 6-4.

In singles, Valentinsson took second place in the second flight, dropping a narrow decision in the final on a 10-point tiebreaker. The native of Malmö, Sweden started the tournament with a 6-3, 7-6 win over UIC’s Pelle Strandberg. In the semifinals, Valentinsson took the 10-point tiebreaker in a 6-4, 4-6, 10-4 victory over Jared Phillips of Washington-St. Louis but then fell in the tiebreaker, 5-7, 6-2, 12-10, to DePaul’s Leon Huck in the final.

(Roger) Cheng En Tsai finished third in singles in the first flight. After earning a 6-4, 6-4 win over DePaul’s Sven Moser to open the tournament, he lost a close semifinal, 6-0, 4-6, 10-6 to Phuc Huynh of Washington-St. Louis. In the match for third place, newcomer Huskie defeated UIC’s Miroslav Cvjetan, 6-4, 6-0.

The in-flight seven singles game was held as a round robin, rather than a traditional tournament format and Hsiang (Jason) Lee earned a perfect 3-0 score for NIU. Lee started with a 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 victory over Matias Maule of Washington St. Louis before overcoming a pair of St. Louis players, beating Sanjayah Kodali, 3-6, 6-1, 10-8, and Jonathan Sadowski in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

Elsewhere in doubles, the duets of Cheng En Tsai and Mikael Vollbach in the first flight with Christopher Knutson and Christopher Norlin in flight two, each went 2-1 to earn third place in their respective flights.

NIU will next be in action at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, October 20-24.

First Flight Singles

(Roger) Cheng En Tsai (NIU) def. Sven Moser (DePaul), 6-4, 6-4
Phuc Huynh (Washington-St. Louis) def. (Roger) Cheng En Tsai (NIU), 6-0, 4-6, 10-6
(Roger) Cheng En Tsai (NIU) def. Miroslav Cvjetan (UIC), 6-4, 6-0

Theft two singles
Olivier Valentinson (NIU) def. Shovel Strandberg (UIC), 6-3, 7-6
Olivier Valentinson (NIU) def. Jared Phillips (Washington-St. Louis), 6-4, 4-6, 10-4
Leon Huck (DePaul) def. Olivier Valentinson (NIU), 5-7, 6-2, 12-10
Theo Ortis (Saint Louis) defeated. Mikael Vollbach (UNI) 6-4, 6-3
Mikael Vollbach (NIU) def. Melker Osaksson (Illinois State), 6-0, 7-5
Mikael Vollbach (NIU) def. Pelle Strandeberg (UIC), 6-3, 1-6, 10-7

Flight Three Singles
Armin Koschtojan (NIU) def. Pato Garcia Muriel (Washington-St. Louis), 6-3, 6-2
Arvid Hjatle (Illinois State) defeated. Armin Koschtojan (NIU), 6-1, 6-4
Jona Gitchel (DePaul) def. Armin Koschtojan (NIU), 6-2, 5-7, 10-5

Flight Four Singles

Adrian Dibidox (Illinois State) def. Christopher Norlin (NIU), 4-6, 6-2, 11-9
Gustavo Schwebel (UIC) defeated. Christopher Norlin (NIU), 7-6, 6-2
Adam Behun (St. Louis) def. Christopher Norlin (NIU), 6-4, 1-6, 10-7

Flight Five Singles
Iker Gaztambide Arrastia (NIU) def. Sebastien Munoz (St. Louis), 6-0, 6-2
Iker Gaztambide Arrastia (NIU) def. Tin Ostro (Illinois State), 6-0, 6-0
Iker Gaztambide Arrastia (NIU) def. Thomas Wallace (Eastern Illinois), 6-1, 6-1
Artem Yermolov (UIC) defeated. Guy Dagan (NIU), 7-5, 6-4
Lucas Guy (Washington-St. Louis) def. Guy Dagan (NIU), 7-5, 5-7, 10-6
Sebastian Munoz (St. Louis) defeated. Guy Dagan (NIU), 6-3, 6-4

Flight Six Singles

Sansh Kumar (St. Louis) def. Christopher Knutson (NIU), 6-2, 6-0
Luiz Dos Santos (UIC) defeated. Christopher Knutson (NIU), 6-1, 6-2
Christopher Knutson (NIU) def. Will Hays (Eastern Illinois), 6-3, 4-6, 10-8

Flight Seven Singles

Hsiang (Jason) Lee (NIU) defeats. Matias Maule (Washington-St. Louis), 6-4, 3-6, 10-7
Hsiang (Jason) Lee (NIU) defeats. Sanjayah Kodali (St. Louis), 3-6, 6-1, 10-8
Hsiang (Jason) Lee (NIU) defeats. Jonathan Sadowski (St. Louis), 6-3, 6-4

The first double flight

(Roger) Cheng En Tsai/Mikael Vollbach (NIU) def. Arvid Hjalte/Emiliano Gonzalez (Illinois State), 7-5
Abhi Ramireddy/Phuc Huynh (Washington-St. Louis) def. (Roger) Cheng En Tsai/Mikael Vollbach (NIU), 6-4
(Roger) Cheng En Tsai/Mikael Vollbach (NIU) def. Miroslav Cvjetan/Pelle Strandberg (UIC), 6-2

Flight Two Doubles
Olivier Valentinson/Armin Koschtojan (NIU) def. Pau Riera/Max Pilipovic-Kljajic (Eastern Illinois), 6-3
Olivier Valentinson/Armin Koschtojan (NIU) def. Artem Iermolov/Jai Vallurupalli (UIC), 6-2
Olivier Valentinson/Armin Koschtojan (NIU) def. Adrian Dibildox/Tin Ostro (Illinois State), 6-4
Christopher Knutson/Christopher Norlin (NIU) def. Sven Moser/Lars Peder Minsaas (DePaul), 7-6
Adrian Dibildox/Tin Ostro (Illinois State) def. Christopher Knutson/Christopher Norlin (NIU), 6-4
Christopher Knutson/Christopher Norlin (NIU) def. Artem Iermolov/Jai Vallurupalli (UIC), 6-3

Flight three doubles

Cameron Slabbert/Alex Dinkov (Eastern Illinois) defeated. Guy Dagan/Iker Gaztambide Arrastia (NIU), 6-3
Guy Dagan/Iker Gaztambide Arrastia (NIU) def. Lucas Guy/Matias Maule (Washington-St. Louis), 6-2
Colin Scruggs/Pato Garcia Muriel (Washington-St. Louis) def. Guy Dagan/Iker Gaztambide Arrastia (NIU), 7-6

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