Nick Dykema is making a significant impact on the men’s tennis team, despite only being two months into his freshman season. Dykema won the Flight-B singles tournament and was a part of the winning double’s pairing in Flight-B this weekend at the Ball State Invitational.
Dykema started the tournament with a first-round bye and faced Derek Romer of Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne and defeated him handily, winning 6-1, 6-4. Dykema then knocked off Patrick Downs of Ball State 6-0, 6-3, and Rolando Torrellas of Iowa State 6-4, 6-4 to make it to the finals. Dykema was truly tested in the finals, winning the first set 7-6, but falling in the second 3-6, forcing the match to a tiebreaker. Dykema held on in the tiebreaker and won the tournament in Flight-B.
Dykema would team up with junior Cam Tehrani for the Flight-B doubles tournament and went on to win the whole thing, but the two were tested along the way. In their first match, the pair won 9-7 and in the semi-final match, Tehrani and Dykema won the match in a tiebreaker. But in the final, Tehrani and Dykema had a slightly more convincing win, claiming the championship with a 8-5 victory.
Senior Logon Collins competed in Flight-A and received a first-round bye as well. Collins was tested in his first match, defeating Tommy Marx of Butler 6-1, 7-5. However, Collins ran into eventual Flight-A champion Jacob Wilson of Iowa State in the next round, losing 6-3, 6-4.
Collins would also play in the Flight-A doubles tournament, pairing up with freshman Kris Trukov. The two faced off against Sergiu Muresan and Mario Noboa of Chicago State and won 8-5. In their second match, Patrick Elliott and Ray Leonard bested Collins and Trukov 8-2.
The men’s tennis team next travels to Columbus, Ohio for the ITA Midwest Regionals Oct. 17-21.