Feb. 21, 2010
ROCKFORD - Sophomore Emily Rogers captured a straight-set win in her first-career match at the top singles flight, highlighting the Northern Illinois women's tennis team's hard-fought dual match win over in-state rival Eastern Illinois Sunday at the Forest City Tennis Center in Rockford.
"What a great win for us today. I have never seen so much heart and desire to win a match in my 15 years of coaching," said NIU head coach Ryun Ferrell. "Our doubles lineup was different, and we were missing our No. 1 and No. 2 singles players. Our players were up to the challenge, and they met it head-on.
"I'm excited for the potential of this team going forward. There's no quit in them, and we're playing some really good tennis as we get closer to conference play."
The Huskies captured the decisive doubles point by posting regulation pro-set wins at both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Brooke Forsberg and Rogers posted an 8-5 win over Amanda Dibbs and Merritt Whitley, followed by an 8-1 win by Stephanie Okuma and Sara McLaughlin at the second doubles slot. NIU's freshman tandem of Brittni Fausett and Kelly Phillips came up short in an 8-5 loss at the No. 3 position.
Rogers, who had been NIU's No. 3 singles starter throughout the season, defeated Eastern Illinois' Cara Huck, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles. Fausett defeated Dibbs in a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, come-from-behind win at No. 2, while Forsberg (No. 6) defeated EIU's Annie Egan, 6-4, 6-3, to help the Huskies secure the deciding fourth point.
Northern Illinois will travel to Northern Iowa next Friday (Feb. 26) in its next dual match. Start time from the Black Hawk Tennis Club is set for 6 p.m. CST.