Jan. 24, 2014
AURORA, Ill. - The Huskies started off the women's tennis season with a win on Friday afternoon against Lewis, 5-2 at the Vaughn Athletic Center. NIU won their first match of the season for the second year in a row, having defeated Bradley 6-1 to begin the 2013 spring season. The Huskies are 1-0 in 2014 with many more matches to come.
"This was a good start for us," said Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. "We didn't get wins in matches that we're used to getting them in, so it was good to see others step up and put the team ahead."
From the start of doubles play, it was clear this was going to be a close match. The No. 1 doubles match featured Nelle Youel and Arantza De La Torre faced the No. 4 doubles team in Division II women's tennis, Zsofia Lanstiak and Zsofia Kranczicki. The teams were so evenly matched that they required a 13th game to decide the winner, and in the end, Youel and de la Torre emerged victorious, 7-6. Haley Dekkinga and Stephanie McDonald took the No. 2 doubles match against Ana Banic and Megan Nguyen 6-1, sealing the doubles point for the Huskies.
In singles play, the Huskies dropped the No.1 and No. 2 matches when Lanstiak and Kranczicki bested Youel and Dekkinga respectively, forcing NIU to get production elsewhere in this affair. De la Torre delivered by defeating Banic in a very close match, 3-6, 6-2 (12-10). Mary Malkin played in the No. 4, and her match also went to a tiebreak. She won 4-6, 6-2 (10-4) against Nguyen. Cristina Alvarez and McDonald finished off the match strong for the Huskies, as they won the No. 5 and No. 6 respectively.
The Huskies have a bit more than a week to prepare for their next match at Wisconsin. On Sunday, February 2, NIU will face the Badgers at 3:00 p.m.
NIU 5, Lewis 2:
#1: Zsofia Lanstiak (Lewis) def. Nelle Youel (NIU) 6-3, 0-6 (10-7)
#2: Zsofia Kranczicki (Lewis) def. Haley Dekkinga (NIU) 6-2, 6-2
#3: Arantza De La Torre (NIU) def. Ana Banic (Lewis) 3-6, 6-2 (12-10)
#4: Mary Malkin (NIU) def. Megan Nguyen (LewIs) 4-6, 6-2 (10-4)
#5: Cristina Alvarez (NIU) def. Jill Wetmore (Lewis) 6-2, 6-2
#6: Stephanie McDonald (NIU) def. Kendra Mills (Lewis) 6-2, 6-2
#1: Youel/de la Torre (NIU) def. Lanstiak/Kranczicki (Lewis) 7-6
#2: McDonald/Dekkinga (NIU) def. Banic/Nguyen(Lewis) 6-1
#3: Wetmore/Mills (Lewis) def. Alvarez/Rozo (NIU) 6-3