Feb. 3, 2013
ROCKFORD, Ill. - Northern Illinois (3-1) suffered its first loss of the spring after running off wins in its first three matches. The defeat came in a 6-1 decision to Southern Illinois (1-1) on Sunday afternoon at Boylan Tennis Center.
"Our youth really showed today," said NIU Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. "We played very hard but showed some immaturity. We are more talented but just need to get battle-tested, and that comes with experience. We need to get better at believing in who we are and what we do."
The Huskies came out strong at No. 1 doubles as Nelle Youel (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake Central) and Arantza De La Torre (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/Motolinia) cruised to an 8-2 win over Anita Lee and Korey Love. But NIU lost 8-0 and 8-1 in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively, to give SIU the doubles point.
In singles, Youel was strong again at the No. 1 slot, scoring a 6-2, 6-5 win over Melanie Delsart. However, she was the only Huskie to pick up a singles point in the match. Youel, the reigning Mid-American Conference Player of the Week, is now a perfect 4-0 in doubles play and 4-0 in singles play this spring.
The Huskies return to action next weekend in Edwardsville, Ill. NIU will take on Saint Louis at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday, Feb. 9 and SIU-Edwardsville at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10.
SIU 6, NIU 1
Boylan Tennis Center
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013
No. 1 Nelle Youel / Arantza De La Torre def. Anita Lee / Korey Love (SIU) - 8-2
No. 2 Melanie Delsart / Anastacia Simons (SIU) def. Ilse Pacheco / Mary Malkin - 8-0
No.3 Natasha Tomishima / Jennifer Dien (SIU) def. Maria Rozo
/ Haley Dekkinga
No. 1 Nelle Youel def. Melanie Delsart (SIU) - 6-2, 6-5
No. 2 Natasha Tomishima (SIU) def. Haley Dekkinga - 7-6, 7-6
No. 3 Anita Lee (SIU) def. Arantza De La Torre - 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 Ariadna Cairo Baza (SIU) def. Mary Malkin - 6-4, 7-6
No. 5 Jennifer Dien (SIU) def. Cristina Alvarez - 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 Gisela Cairo Baza (SIU) def. Maria Rozo - 6-1, 6-5