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Women’s tennis heads to Windy City today

October 1, 2010

Huskies women's tennis team and head coach Ryun FerrellThe Northern Illinois women’s tennis team will be back on the courts today to compete in the UIC Invitational, hosted by University of Illinois-Chicago.

The invite consists of UIC, NIU and Chicago State playing a one-day tournament with two draws, one for singles and one for doubles.

The invite will be the last chance for head coach Ryun Ferrell’s squad to get some competitive matches in before the ITA Regionals tournament next month.

“I just want to see them take that next step and continue to be competitive and play smart,” Ferrell said. “We looked pretty smart on Sunday and I just want to see more of that this weekend.

“I’m looking for them to want it more than their opponents and continue to play smart and tough – the things that we have been preaching the entire time.”

At the UNI Invite last weekend, the Huskies turned in a strong showing, highlighted by the play of freshman Haley Dekkinga and sophomore Kelly Phillips.

Dekkinga picked a pair of wins in the singles “Gold” flight, both being three-set decisions over Jaime Mera of Missouri, while Phillips notched two victories on the final day of play in the “Silver” flight consolation bracket. The two also teamed up in the doubles “Gold” flight, where they added two more wins the Huskies’ weekend total.

In all, NIU returned home with 10 wins, six in singles and four in doubles. 

“Overall, everybody has stepped up and has done some neat things,” Ferrell said. “We don’t have any one player that’s going to be a bright shining light of who we are, but we’ve got a bunch of people who are pretty good so we should be extremely deep going into the future.”

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