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Nelle Youel, Haley Dekkinga claim MAC tennis honors

April 24, 2014
Nelle Youel

Nelle Youel

Two members of NIU’s women’s tennis team have been recognized in the Mid-American Conference’s yearly awards.

Nelle Youel has made Second Team All-MAC, the second year in a row she has been selected to an All-MAC team. Haley Dekkinga was honored with the Leann Grimes Davidge Sportsmanship Award.

“I am very excited for Nelle and Haley,” said head coach Ryun Ferrell. “Back-to-back years for Nelle getting recognized is awesome. For Haley to receive the sportsmanship award is great.”

Youel put in a strong season in both singles and doubles, finishing with a 15-10 record in singles play overall (12-7 in the spring). In doubles, she teamed up exclusively with Arantza De La Torre to produce a 15-11 record in the 2013-14 season. Youel played in all of NIU’s No. 1 singles and doubles matches this spring.

Dekkinga is the first women’s tennis player in NIU history to claim the Leann Grimes Davidge Sportsmanship Award, which honors the player who shows the most outstanding sportsmanship among all athletes throughout MAC play.

“Both of these young women do college tennis the right way and represent NIU in amazing fashion,” Ferrell said. “I could not be more proud or excited.”

The MAC yearly awards are voted on by the coaches of the conference.

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