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Women’s tennis falls to Arkansas State

February 25, 2012
Haley Dekkinga

Haley Dekkinga

The Northern Illinois women’s tennis team dropped its first match since February 3 on Saturday to the Red Wolves of Arkansas State.

The Huskies–now 5-3 on the year–were swept for the first time this season despite playing some of their best tennis all season.

“It was a tough day,” said NIU head coach Ryun Ferrell. “ASU was completely on. The sad thing is that we played some of our best tennis, so you can’t be too disappointed. We are just going to pick a fight against SIU tomorrow. Then we’ll get back to work. There’s a lot of tennis to be played.”

The tandem of sophomore Haley Dekkinga (Allegan, Mich./Allegan) and freshman Stephanie McDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe/St. Anne’s Diocesan College) eked out the lone victory for the Huskies by defeating ASU’s team of Slijepcevic/Heeps-Eriksen 8-3.

With the victory, the Dekkinga/McDonald duo improved their doubles play winning streak to four on the season.

The Huskies will take on the Southern Illinois Salukis at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.

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