We noted a few weeks ago here on Huskie Happenings that for the eighth straight semester, Huskie student-athletes have put up better than a 3.0 cumulative GPA. All the numbers are officially official now, and the cum GPA for your Huskies stands at 3.025!! Get all the details, including what Jeff Compher had to say on the announcement right here.
HIT THE PITCH
Head women's soccer coach Carrie Barker laid out her team's 2009 schedule yesterday (full story). I believe Barker's team will be the first to compete in the 2009-10 season, with an exhibition against Northwestern slated for August 17. My thoughts? Can't argue with seven straight home games in the middle of the season to help build up good record and some confidence. The Huskies play nine of 11 at home, then take to the road for three MAC away games before starting the conference tourney. It's only June... I can't get too excited yet. Gotta make it through the summer first.
2008-09 RECAP - WOMEN'S TENNIS
That improvement started with two talented freshmen, who will be cornerstones of the NIU women's tennis program for the next three seasons. Emily Rogers, a native of Rochester, Minn., was named the Huskies' most valuable player after just one season in the program. She racked up a team-high 17 combined singles wins, spending time at both the No. 4 and No. 5 flights.
Rogers won six-of her first eight collegiate singles matches, and went 6-2 in MAC contests. She also teamed with four different doubles partners, and posted 15 wins in doubles action. Rogers' classmate, freshman Sara McLaughlin, played 16 dual matches at the No. 6 singles position. She finished the season strong, winning three-of her final four singles matches, including a straight-set win over Ball State in the first-round of the MAC Tournament, a 4-3 victory for the Huskies that vaulted them into the MAC Quarterfinals.
Northern Illinois went 4-2 against in-state non-conference foes, posting dual-match victories over Eastern Illinois, SIU-Edwardsville, Bradley and Western Illinois. After recording a 4-3 win over host Ball State on March 20, NIU faced the task of defeating the Cardinals twice in the same season, when the two teams squared off in the opening round of the MAC Tournament.
But this time, it didn't come as easy. NIU fell behind 3-0, as Ball State claimed the doubles point with regulation pro-set wins at both the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. To start out singles play, Ball State's Hanna Oman (No. 5) and Dena Boulieris (No. 2) recorded respective wins to put the pressure on the Huskies.
McLaughlin, playing sixth singles for the Huskies, answered with a 6-4, 7-5 win, followed by a straight-set (6-2, 6-3) victory by Rogers at No. 4 singles. Lilian Asuaje knotted the match at 3-3 by outlasting the Cardinals' Sarah Hebble (6-4, 3-6, 6-0) at the top singles position. NIU's No. 3 singles player, Martina Schnapp, sealed the victory for the Huskies with a 6-4, 6-7 (7-1), 6-2 win over Ball State's Kylee Johnson. Schnapp broke Johnson's serve twice in the final frame with the match on the line.
NIU saw its 2009 season end in the quarterfinals of the MAC Championships, dropping a 4-0 decision versus regular season champion and top-seeded Miami (Ohio) at the Keefe Tennis Courts in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Huskies advanced to the MAC quarterfinals for the second-consecutive season, and ended their season with seven wins (7-16, 1-8 MAC), two more than its entire win total from the 2007-08 campaign.
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR
We'll miss this guy, with his well-organized clipboard, unoffensive pointing, and super-cool hat.
I'm sniffling and sneezing my wake through each day, I was woken up (awakened? awoken?) by thunder two nights ago, and I'm cleaning Canadian Geese leavings off of my car every day. It's that time of year... Unfortunately, it's also the time of year where there is a lot of professional movement in the world of college athletics. Yesterday, NIU lost one of its best, assistant men's soccer coach Kylie Stannard, who accepted the same position at Michigan State. Kylie loyally served the Huskies for four years, and, as sad as we are to see him go, we are happy to see him take the next big step in his coaching career.