Feb. 2, 2014
MADISON, Wis. - The Northern Illinois women's tennis team was at Wisconsin Sunday afternoon, taking on the Badgers in the second match of the spring season for the Huskies. The Huskies ended up losing this one, 5-2. With that, the team is 1-1 this season.
"I was pleased with our doubles play," said Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. "We need to continue to improve overall, but this was not a disappointing match. We faced a very good Wisconsin team. Our intensity was high, and we were well-tested today."
The match began with some tough contests in doubles play. Nelle Youel and Arantza De La Torre picked up a win in the No. 1 match by defeating Wisconsin's Lauren Burich and Sydney Rider in a 6-4 final. However, the Huskies dropped the other two doubles matches to lose the doubles point and go down early, 1-0.
In singles play, Stephanie McDonald picked up a nice victory in the No. 6 match when she took on Badger Becca Bailey. McDonald took the first set 6-3, but Bailey forced a super tiebreak by getting the second set 6-2. McDonald hung in there for the Huskies though, winning the tiebreak 10-6 and taking the point for her team. Her efforts weren't quite enough however, as the Huskies dropped four of the six singles matches, ending the event in a 5-2 loss for NIU.
The Huskies will next play on Friday, February 7 in the afternoon at 1:00 p.m. At the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill. the Huskies will face SIU-Edwardsville in their third match of the season.
"We'll get right back to work tomorrow to prepare for Edwardsville," added Ferrell.
WIS 5, NIU 2
#1: Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def, Nelle Youel (NIU) 6-2, 6-2
#2: Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) def. Arantza De La Torre (NIU) 6-1, 6-0
#3: Cristina Alvarez (NIU) def. Nova Patel (WIS) 6-7, 0-1, forfeit
#4: Lauren Burich (WIS) def. Haley Dekkinga (NIU) 6-2, 6-3
#5: Sydney Rider (WIS) def. Mary Malkin (NIU) 6-1, 6-1
#6: Stephanie McDonald (NIU) def. Becca Bailey (WIS) 6-3, 2-6, (10-6)
De La Torre/Youel (NIU) def. Burich/Rider (WIS) 6-4
Bailey/Chypyha (WIS) def. Dekkinga/McDonald (NIU) 7-5
Patel/Tripolskaya (WIS) def. Rozo/Alavarez (NIU) 6-4