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Women’s tennis opens at NIU Invitational

September 9, 2011

The Northern Illinois women’s tennis team begins its fall season this weekend with the NIU Invitational. The Huskies will host Eastern Illinois and Lewis today and Saturday with competition starting at 10 a.m. both days.

The invitational will take place at the newly resurfaced Huskie Tennis Courts as six of fifth-year head coach Ryun Farrell’s seven players will compete.

NIU Huskies women's tennis team and coach Ryun Farrell

“I’m very excited to get the season going,” Farrell said. “I have two amazing seniors that I cannot wait to see what their senior leadership is going to bring in Sara McLaughlin and Emily Rogers. We are going to have some nice depth, good teams and good competition. I’m looking forward to seeing what we’ve got.”

The Huskies bring back four singles starters from last season in seniors McLaughlin and Rogers and sophomores Haley Dekkinga and Ilse Pacheco. Two freshmen making their debuts will be Arantza De La Torre and Nelle Youel.

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