April 4, 2014
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Huskies hit the road to face the Bowling Green Falcons (7-6, 2-2 MAC) on Friday afternoon, falling in the affair, 6-1. The loss drops NIU's record to 6-9 with a 1-4 record in conference play.
"We played a hard and tough match," said Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. "We had chances in doubles and singles, but we came up short."
The doubles portion of the contest was narrowly taken by the Falcons in this one. They won the No. 2 match to start things off, but Nelle Youel and Arantza De La Torre struck back with an 8-5 win over Drew Fillis and Emily Reuland in the No. 1. However, Haley Dekkinga and Stephanie McDonald fell to Harley Hutchison and Hannah Drayton in the No. 3, 8-5 to seal an 1-0 edge for BGSU.
In singles, the Huskies struggled as a whole. De la Torre picked up a victory in the No. 4 against Drayton, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. She was the only Huskie to snatch a victory, although others came close.
Mary Malkin nearly forced a third set in her match against Fillis in the No. 5. She took the second set to a tiebreak, but eventually feel in a 6-3, 7-6(6) final. McDonald had a similar outcome in the No. 6. Taking on Hutchison, she too went to a tiebreak in the second set. McDonald went on to drop the match 6-0, 7-6(5).
"We need to get over the hump," added Ferrell. "We are looking better. We'll get another set of chips to bet on tomorrow against WMU."
The Huskies' next stop will be at Western Michigan. They'll play the Broncos in Kalamazoo, Mich. at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 5.
BGSU 6, NIU 1
1. Nikki Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Nelle Youel
(NIU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Emily Reuland (BGSU) def. Cristina Alvarez
(NIU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Katie Brozovich (BGSU) def. Haley Dekkinga
(NIU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Arantza De La Torre
(NIU) def. Hannah Drayton (BGSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
5. Drew Fillis (BGSU) def. Mary Malkin
(NIU) 6-3, 7-6(6)
6. Harley Hutchison (BGSU) def. Stephanie McDonald
(NIU) 6-0, 7-6(5)
1. Youel/De La Torre (NIU) def. Fillis/Reuland 8-5 (BGSU)
2. Brozovich/Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Alvarez/Rozo 8-1 (NIU)
3. Drayton/Hutchison (BGSU) def. Dekkinga/McDonald (NIU) 8-4