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Women’s tennis extends winning streak to three

February 16, 2013
Nelle Youel

Nelle Youel

Northern Illinois lost just nine games in its five singles wins and claimed the doubles point to defeat IUPUI 6-1 in women’s tennis action Friday night at the West Indy Racquet Club.

The victory was Northern Illinois’ third straight and improved the Huskies’ spring dual meet record to 6-1.

Northern Illinois’ No. 6 singles player, Stephanie McDonald, posted the “double bagel” win, while Cristina Alvarez lost just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 5.

NIU No. 1 player Nelle Youel continued her undefeated string this spring with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Shelby Hullett and paired with Arantza De La Torre for an 8-1 win to keep her perfect record intact at No. 1 doubles. Haley Dekkinga won her singles match at No. 2 for the sixth time in seven matches.

Mary Malkin also improved her singles record to 6-1 on the season with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 4 singles. Malkin and Alvarez teamed up to help NIU win the doubles point with an 8-2 triumph at No. 3 doubles.

“We showed better focus and played intelligently today,” said NIU head coach Ryun Ferrell. “We are working on setting up a game plan and sticking to it. I saw some things out there today, but we still have a ways to go.”

Northern Illinois has a quick turnaround before taking on the University of Indianapolis at 11 a.m. today at the UIndy Tennis Center. Northern Illinois concludes its weekend in Indiana versus Butler (2-7) at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Butler Bubble, located behind historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.

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