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Women’s tennis snaps Bethune Cookman’s 10-match winning streak with 5-2 road victory

March 14, 2012

NIU Huskies women's tennisNorthern Illinois started its spring break trip on the right note Wednesday afternoon with a 5-2 win over Bethune Cookman.

The win ended the Wildcats’ 10-match winning streak and gave the Huskies their second straight victory.

BCU (12-3, 2-0 MEAC) entered the day riding an impressive winning streak and had only lost 16 points to opponents all season. The Huskies (7-4) put an end to the trend by scoring five points, nearly a third of what BCU had given up all year.

Despite falling at No. 1 doubles, the Huskies rallied to take the doubles point. The combo of Nelle Youel (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake Central) and Arantza De La Torre (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/Motolinia) topped BCU’s Stacey Speller and Shereen Peterson-Paul 8-4 at the No. 2 spot. The win moved the duo to 5-4 on the season.

Stephanie McDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe/St. Anne’s Diocesan College) and Haley Dekkinga (Allegan, Mich./Allegan) sealed the point at No. 3 with an 8-4 decision over Nancy Gonzales and Katarina Szaboova for their seventh straight victory.

In singles play, Sara McLaughlin (Moline, Ill./Moline) came up huge with a win at No. 1. The senior defeated Szaboova in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, for her second win in a row. Youel picked up her third consecutive win with a straight sets, 6-4, 6-0, decision over Chinatsu Kajiwara at No. 2. Dekkinga locked up the No. 4 slot in straight sets as well with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Peterson-Paul. In her official singles debut, McDonald dominated at No. 6 with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph against Gonzales.

“We had a pretty good day,” said NIU head coach Ryun Ferrell. “We played tough. When you have a streak like they had, you feel like you can beat anyone. We took them down. It was fun to come out and play good tennis. We have another tough opponent in Embry Riddle Friday so we will get back to work tomorrow.”

The Huskies wrap up their spring break trip Friday, March 16, with a 2 p.m. CT meeting against Embry-Riddle (10-1, 4-0 TSC). NIU will have a chance to end another long winning streak as the Eagles have won eight matches in a row.

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