March 29, 2014
ROCKFORD, Ill. - Late Saturday afternoon, the Huskies hosted a tennis match against a MAC opponent, the Buffalo Bulls (11-3, 2-1 MAC). NIU fell in this one, 6-1. The loss drops the team's record to 6-8 this spring with a 1-3 conference record.
"The ball did not bounce our way tonight," said Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. "We played tough, but it felt as if we would take one step forward and two steps back. We were constantly playing from behind."
This was a rough match from the start for the home Huskies. NIU failed to record a victory in doubles play on Saturday. This left the Huskies behind 1-0 heading into singles.
In singles, Haley Dekkinga pulled off a great comeback victory in the No. 3 against Laura Fernandez. She really had to earn this one, as she took the match 4-6, 7-5, (10-7). Her teammates were not as successful, however.
Nelle Youel had her seven-match win streak snapped as she dropped a tough one in the No. 1. Facing Tanvi Shah, Youel fell 3-6, 6-2, (10-8). The remaining Huskies struggled in their matches, as NIU dropped the other four matches. This left the Huskies behind in the end, 6-1.
"We have the opportunity to play again next weekend," added Ferrell. "The thing I love the most about this squad is that there is no quit. They will come back ready to work and get ready for the next challenge."
NIU will keep the MAC action going for their next match. On Friday, April 4, the Huskies will head to Bowling Green to face the Falcons. The match will start at 1:00 p.m. CT.
Buffalo 6, NIU 1
1. Tanvi Shah (Buffalo) def. Nelle Youel (NIU) 3-6, 6-2, (10-8)
2. Miranda Podlas (Buffalo) def. Cristina Alvarez (NIU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Haley Dekkinga (NIU) def. Laura Fernandez (Buffalo) 4-6, 7-5, (10-7)
4. Margarita Kotok (Buffalo) def. Arantza De La Torre (NIU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Anamaria Candanoza (Buffalo) def. Mary Malkin (NIU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Marta Stoyanoza (Buffalo) def. Maria Rozo (NIU) 6-1, 6-0
1. Tanvi Shah/Miranda Podlas (Buffalo) def. Nelle Youel/Arantza De La Torre (NIU) 8-1
2. Marta Stoyanova/Anamaria Candanoza (Buffalo) def. Maria Rozo/Mary Malkin (NIU) 8-1
3. Margarita Kotok/Laura Holterbosch (Buffalo) def. Haley Dekkinga/Stephanie McDonald (NIU) 8-3