Nelle Youel
Nelle  Youel


Crystal Lake, Ill.

High School:
Crystal Lake Central




17 Huskies Honored as MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes

The award is presented to the “Best of the Best” in athletics and academics


ITA Honors NIU Women's Tennis

Seven Huskies were selected as ITA Scholar Athletes.


Nelle Youel Honored as Academic All-American

The NIU women's tennis star was named second team at-large.


Nelle Youel Ranked No. 11 in Midwest Region

The NIU senior was recognized by the ITA in the final 2015 rankings.


Three Huskies Selected Academic All-MAC

Youel, Malkin and Alvarez honored by the conference.

NIU All-Time Wins Leader
2015 Capital One Academic All-American
2015 MAC Player of the Year
Three-time All-MAC
Three-time Academic All-MAC
Nine-time MAC Player of the Week
Three-time MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week

Career Combined Wins:
Career Singles Wins:
Career Doubles Wins:

-First All-Time at NIU in Combined (163), Singles (89) and Doubles (74) Wins
-Owns NIU Record for Singles Wins in Season (28, 2014-15)

2014-15 SEASON:
Completed an undefeated 20-0 (8-0 MAC) spring season in singles, posting a 31-3 overall record in 2015...recorded 10 wins with partner Cristina Alvarez in No. 1 doubles...Named MAC Singles Player of the Week three times (Jan. 28, March 11,), making her an eight-time winner of that award... Honored as MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week twice (Jan. 29 and March 25)...Broke the NIU all-time career combined wins record previously held since 2000 by Anna Widen with a doubles victory against Bradley on Jan. 31, 2015...Also topped Widen's NIU all-time singles wins record with a victory against Bucknell (March 10) and the program's career doubles wins record vs. Western Michigan (April 12)...Enjoyed a phenomenal final fall campaign, posting a 16-8 overall record with eight wins in singles and doubles each... Won the top-tier Green singles flight at the Chicago State Invite and also cruised to the Singles A flight triumph at the UIC Invite... Advanced to the Round of 32 in both singles and doubles at the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional in Champaign, Ill.

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 a 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 a 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 singles 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 singles 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 37 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...Sister, Evelyn, is a freshman on the NIU tennis team...Owns a 4.0 GPA as a pre-physical therapy major with a Spanish minor...Admires Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

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