March 21, 2014
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Northern Illinois women's tennis team was at Ball State (11-6) Friday afternoon to begin Mid-American Conference play. The Huskies struggled to get around the Cardinals here, falling 6-1. The loss drops NIU's record to 5-6 this spring.
"We played very hard and had a lot of chances," said Head Coach Ryun Ferrell.
The Huskies and Cardinals began the match with doubles, and both teams were really going after that starting point. Stephanie McDonald and Haley Dekkinga won their match in the No. 3 against Courtney Wild and Ayaka Terashi, 8-6. However, the Huskies dropped the other two doubles matches to fall behind in the contest early, 1-0.
In singles play, Nelle Youel got NIU on the board with her performance in the No. 1. She bested Wild, 6-3, 6-3 to improve to 7-4 this spring. From there however, NIU's players struggled.
Mary Malkin played out a tough match against Ashlyn Rang, as after falling in the first set, Malkin came back to win the second set. The Huskie fell in the tiebreak however, dropping the match in a 6-2, 4-6, (10-6) final. NIU couldn't get on the board for the rest of the match, dropping it 6-1.
"We need to clean up our games and cut back on errors," added Ferrell. "We're not far off the mark. Tomorrow is a new day and we are excited for the opportunity to compete again."
Next up for the Huskies is a match at Miami (Ohio). NIU will take on the Redhawks on Saturday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. CT in Oxford, Ohio.
Ball State 6, NIU 1
1. Nelle Youel (NIU) def. Courtney Wild (BSU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Courtney Earnest (BSU) def. Cristina Alvarez (NIU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Kristel Sanders (BSU) def. Haley Dekkinga (NIU) 6-1, 6-1
4. Bethany Moore (BSU) def. Arantza De La Torre (NIU) 7-6, 6-1
5. Ashlyn Rang (BSU) def. Mary Malkin (NIU) 6-2, 4-6, (10-6)
6. Ayaka Terashi (BSU) def. Stephanie McDonald (NIU) 6-2, 6-2
1. Earnest/Moore (BSU) def. Youel/de la Torre (NIU) 8-1
2. Sanders/Toni Ormond (BSU) def. Rozo/Malkin (NIU) 8-5
3. McDonald/Dekkinga (NIU) def. Wild/Terashi (BSU) 8-6