March 1, 2014
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Huskies took on the UWM Panthers (2-5) on Saturday to begin a stretch of five straight road matches. After taking the loss Friday afternoon against DePaul, NIU looked to try and bounce back at UWM. However, the Panthers proved to be formidable on the tennis courts, and the Huskies fell 6-1. The loss drops NIU's record to 4-3.
"This was a frustrating day," said Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. "We let so many opportunities slip through our fingers."
To begin the match, the Huskies and Panthers got into their doubles teams and took to the courts. In the No. 1, Nelle Youel and Arantza De La Torre faced Dana Shannon and Diana Tokar. The Huskie tandem suffered the loss here, 8-5. Haley Dekkinga and Stephanie McDonald struck back for NIU, winning in the No. 2 against Alysa Straub and Hayley Marshall, 8-6. The No. 3 did not go in NIU's favor this time, as UWM grabbed the doubles point when Christina Colarossi and Kristin Kurer defeated Mary Malkin and Maria Rozo, 8-2. The teams headed into singles with UWM ahead 1-0.
As individuals, the Huskies put together some strong performances, but they were unable to complete enough victories steer the score in their favor. Youel took the lone win for NIU in singles. She beat Tokar in the No. 1, 7-5, 6-3, getting her team on the board.
De la Torre started strong against Chelsea Bailey in the No. 2, taking the first set, 6-2. However, she couldn't find the same success throughout the rest of the match, as she dropped the final two sets to fall 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. Cristina Alvarez had a similar match against Straub in the No. 5. Alvarez took the first set, 6-3. The remainder of the affair didn't go in her favor though. She fell in the final two sets, culminating in a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 defeat. With one match victory among the team in singles, the contest ended in a 6-1 defeat for NIU.
"It is not easy to play a tough Depaul team, and then play a very hungry UWM team," added Ferrell. "But you have to find a way. That is the great thing about this sport. We get to go at it again against Chicago State. We need to improve, and we will see how we do this Thursday."
The Huskies have a short week to prepare for their next match at Chicago State. On Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. the NIU will face the Cougars on the road.
UWM 6, NIU 1
1. Nelle Youel (NIU) def. Diana Tokar (UWM) 7-5, 6-3
2. Christina Colarossi (UWM) def. Haley Dekkinga (NIU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Chelsea Bailey (UWM) def. Arantza De La Torre (NIU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
4. Dana Shannon (UWM) def. Mary Malkin (NIU) 6-1, 6-4
5. Alysa Straub (UWM) def. Cristina Alvarez (NIU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
6. Kristin Kurer (UWM) def. Stephanie McDonald (NIU) 7-6, 6-0
1. Shannon/Tokar (UWM) def. Youel/de la Torre (NIU) 8-5
2. Dekkinga/McDonald (NIU) def. Straub/Hayley Marshall (UWM) 8-6
3. Colarossi/Kurer (UWM) def. Malkin/Rozo (NIU) 8-2