With a win tomorrow, Youel has a chance to play in the US Open National Playoff Qualifier
2013-14 SEASON: Another strong year, being selected to the All-Mid-American Conference Second Team ... Also honored as Academic All-MAC athlete ... Finished the season 15-10 in singles, taking all of NIU's No. 1 matches ... Won 9-of-10 matches after starting the spring winless after her first three (Feb. 8 to Mar. 28) ... Received back-to-back MAC Singles Player of the Week Awards (Mar. 20 & Mar. 27) ... Played with Arantza de la Torre in doubles, going 15-11.
Spring 2013: Went 21-3 in singles to cap off an outstanding season, setting the program record for most wins in a single scholastic year at 27 ... Finished 18-5 in doubles, playing primarily with Arantza de la Torre and adding a couple with Mary Malkin ... Played in all of NIU's No. 1 matches ... Ran off 16 straight victories before taking her first loss of the spring ... Named MAC Player of the Week three times (Jan. 30, Mar. 6 & Apr. 24) ... Honored as MAC Scholar Athlete (Apr. 26) ... Earned First Team All-MAC honors ... Named to Academic All-MAC Women's Tennis Team ... Named to Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team ... Won the USTA Midwest Championship, earning a spot in the US Open National Playoff.
Fall 2012: Followed up on her successful 2011-12 season by opening the 2012 fall season with a 6-2 singles record ... Opened the season with three consecutive victories over Wichita State (6-1, 6-0), North Dakota (6-1, 6-0), and Wichita State (3-6, 6-4, 6-3) ... Won three consecutive matches for a second time defeating Illinois State (6-1, 6-1), Milwaukee (7-6, 1-6, 10-4), and Eastern Michigan (2-6, 6-1, 7-5) ... Youel received an invite to the prestigious USTA/ITA Midwest Regional singles draw, the first Huskie to receive such an invite in over a decade, and won her first match over Eastern Michigan ... Her run to compete in the USTA/ITA Indoor Collegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y. at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center came to an end in the second round ... In doubles play, Youel and her partner Arantza De La Torre finished with a 4-2 record, recording three consecutive victories over Valparaiso (8-3), DePaul (8-6), and Western Michigan (8-2) en route to a consolation title at the DePaul Invitational.
2011-2012: Finished her first fall season as a Huskie with a 6-3 record ... Won three consecutive matches on two separate occasions and was the only Huskie to finish the fall with a .500 or better record during singles play ... During doubles play partnered with Haley Dekkinga for a 6-2 record while winning their first three matches ... Her spring season was also successful with a 14-8 record ... Led the Huskies in wins (14) with two different three-match streaks and a four-match streak, defeating Southern Illinois (6-3, 2-6, 6-3), Milwaukee (6-4, 6-1), Bethune Cookman (6-4, 6-0), and Embry Riddle (6-1, 6-3) ... Went 11-11 in doubles play, partnering a majority of the time with Arantz De La Torre ... Won three consecutive matches against North Dakota (8-3) Bradley (8-4) and Eastern Illinois (8-4) ... Finished her rookie season as a Huskie with a team leading 38 victories.
Prior to NIU/High School: Garnered all-state honors all four years during high school...Compiled a 127-24 singles record while playing all four years at the No. 1 position...Led Crystal Lake Central to back-to-back sectional championships as a junior and senior...Also helped team collect a conference championship as a senior...Took first place at the Girls 18s Wisconsin Open in July 2010...Added a fifth place finish at the Girls 18s Midwest Open also in July 2010...Honored with the Sportsmanship Award at both the Midwest and Wisconsin Opens...Cracked the Top-100 national rankings in 2011 Tennis Recruiting Network class...Member of both varsity basketball and soccer teams while at CLCHS...Named to the All-State Academic Team in the spring of 2011...Made high honor roll all four years while at CLCHS.
Personal: Born June 25, 1993, in McHenry, Ill. ...Daughter of Curt and Therese Youel...Intends to major in spanish education...Admires Roger Federer and Serena Williams.