March 29, 2013
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois won a pair of singles and one doubles match, marking the first time NIU has won multiple matches in Mid-American Conference play this season, but the Huskies dropped a 5-2 decision to Bowling Green Friday at the Huskie Tennis Courts in DeKalb.
Northern Illinois fell to 14-5 overall and 0-3 versus the MAC with the loss, while Bowling Green improved to 13-2, 2-1 in the league.
In NIU's first home outdoor match of the year, the Huskies' Nelle Youel claimed a three-set win over Bowling Green's Emily Reuland at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, to improve her season singles record to 17-2. At No. 5 singles, NIU freshman Cristina Alvarez earned her first career MAC win with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 decision over the Falcons' Katie Grubb.
The Huskies also got a win at No. 1 doubles as the duo of Youel and Mary Malkin defeated BG's Nikki Chiricosta and Emily Reuland, 8-3. Bowling Green claimed the doubles point as they won at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.
Northern Illinois Head Coach Ryun Ferrell said with a line-up featuring a freshman, four sophomores and one junior, his young team is learning what it takes to win in the Mid-American Conference.
"We took a big step forward [Friday]," Ferrell said. "Although we lost, we really started figuring out what it will take to compete and win in this league. [Saturday] is a new day and we can't wait to take those lessons and apply them in our next match."
The Huskies take on Western Michigan (9-9, 2-0 MAC) beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Huskie Tennis Courts, weather permitting. In case of cold temperatures or windy conditions, matches will be moved to the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill. (4000 St. Francis Drive).
Bowling Green 5, Northern Illinois 2
1. Nelle Youel/Mary Malkin (NIU) def. Nikki Chiricosta / Emily Reuland (BGSU), 8-3
2. Maddy Eccleston / Katie Grubb (BGSU) def. Haley Dekkinga/Arantza De La Torre (NIU), 8-2
3. Mary Hill / Jade Johnson (BGSU) def. Stephanie McDonald/Cristina Alvarez (NIU), 8-3
Order of Finish: 2,3,1
1. Nelle Youel (NIU) def. Emily Reuland (BGSU), 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
2. Nikki Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Haley Dekkinga (NIU), 7-5, 6-2
3. Maddy Eccleston (BGSU) def. Mary Malkin (NIU), 6-1, 6-1
4. Katie Brozovich (BGSU) def. Arantza De La Torre (NIU), 6-4, 6-3
5. Cristina Alvarez (NIU) def. Katie Grubb (BGSU) 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4
6. Mary Hill (BGSU) def, Stephanie McDonald (NIU), 7-6 (5), 6-0
Order of Finish: 3,4,2,6,1,5
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