Tennis player Dekkinga nets weekly MAC crown

Haley Dekkinga
Haley Dekkinga

Northern Illinois junior Haley Dekkinga (Allegan, Mich./Allegan HS) has been selected as the Mid-American Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week after completing a perfect 4-0 record in singles and doubles last weekend in NIU’s victories over Saint Louis and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, the MAC announced Wednesday.

Dekkinga, who plays at the No. 2 singles spot in the Huskie line-up and teams with Stephanie McDonald at No. 3 doubles, earned the honor for the first time in her career.

Dekkinga’s honor gives Northern Illinois two MAC Players of the Week in the same season for the first time during head coach Ryun Ferrell’s tenure, which dates back to 2006. NIU No. 1 player Nelle Youel (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake Central HS) won the award on January 30, 2013.

“Haley played very tough this weekend,” Ferrell said. “She hates losing more than she likes winning and that comes out every time she plays. This is a great honor for her and she is very deserving. As one of the most veteran members of this program, she sets an example by what she does and not by what she says.”

Haley DekkingaDekkinga’s 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 win over Saint Louis’ Mia Elmore at No. 2 singles gave Northern Illinois a 4-3 win over Saint Louis Saturday in O’Fallon, Ill. She also teamed with McDonald at No. 3 doubles versus SLU for an 8-5 pro set win to help the Huskies win the doubles point. Against SIU-Edwardsville, Dekkinga lost only one game en route to a 6-1, 6-0 victory, helping lead the Huskies to a 7-0 sweep.

The perfect weekend gave Dekkinga a 5-1 mark in singles play this spring, while she and McDonald are 4-0 in doubles competition. Those results have helped the Huskies to an overall record of 5-1.

NIU travels to Indianapolis for three matches this weekend. The Huskies will take on IUPUI Friday, Indianapolis on Saturday and Butler on Sunday.

For more information on NIU women’s tennis and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.

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