Women’s tennis falls to Akron

Nelle Youel’s 16-match singles winning streak snapped

Haley Dekkinga

Haley Dekkinga

Mid-American Conference women’s tennis preseason favorite Akron handed Northern Illinois its first road loss of the season Friday with a 7-0 victory over the Huskies at the LaTuchie Tennis Center in Stow, Ohio.

Northern Illinois, which had won its previous 12 matches played away from its indoor home in Rockford, Ill., falls to 14-3 with the loss and is 0-1 in MAC competition, while Akron improved to 9-6, 1-0.

“Give Akron a lot of credit; they were better than us today,” said NIU head coach Ryun Ferrell. “Tomorrow will be better. Buffalo is good, but we are ready. This team works too hard for good things not to happen.”

Northern Illinois lost all three doubles matches with the closest battle an 8-5 loss at No. 2 by Haley Dekkinga and Stephanie McDonald.

Huskies’ No. 1 singles player Nelle Youel also saw her 16-match winning streak in singles end. After Youel claimed the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6, the Zips’ Angelina Jogasuria responded with a 7-6 win in the second set to tie the match; Jogasuria then took the super tie breaker, 10-3.

NIU next takes on Buffalo at noon Saturday at the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville, N.Y. The Bulls are 9-0 on the season and are one of only two undefeated teams in the country, according to the ITA.

For more information on NIU women’s tennis and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.

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