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Women’s tennis starts spring campaign

January 25, 2013
Nelle Youel

Nelle Youel

The Northern Illinois women’s tennis team looks to build on their late success from the fall season as the Huskies open their spring campaign today with three matches.

This is the first time the Huskies will take the court since Oct. 21 at the ITA Regionals.

Nelle Youel (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake Central) looks to continue her success from the fall season in which she posted a 6-2 singles record. Youel was the first Huskie in over a decade to earn an invite to the prestigious USTA/ITA Midwest Regional singles draw, earning a victory in the opening round.

Several other Huskies also hope to improve upon their fall season. Mary Malkin (Tel Aviv, Israel/Alliance) compiled a 5-3 singles record and placed second in her draw at the ITA Regionals. Malkin and her doubles partner Stephanie McDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe/St. Anne’s Diocesan College) also took first place in their doubles draw at the ITA Regionals.

Cristina Alvarez (Zaragoza, Spain/Cristorey and Sagrado Corazon De Jesus) finished the fall season with a 5-5 singles record en route to placing third in her draw at the ITA Regionals. Haley Dekkinga (Allegan, Mich./Allegan) also took third place in her draw at the ITA Regionals after finishing the fall season with a 5-4 singles record.

“We’ve progressed nicely – I’m not complaining,” said NIU head coach Ryun Ferrell. “We worked them hard; our philosophy is work hard, fight easy. This has probably been the toughest decision for a lineup I’ve had since I’ve been here because we are that deep. Are we going to be good? I think we are. How good? I have no idea. The sky is the limit with this team. We’ll see what we can do starting with tomorrow.”

The Huskies take the court at 1 p.m. today against Bradley in Rockford, Ill. at the Boylan Tennis Center. On Saturday, Jan. 26, the Huskies head to Valparaiso, Ind. to take on Western Illinois and Valparaiso at 1 and 5 p.m., respectively.

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