April 5, 2014
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Huskies traveled to take on Western Michigan (12-8, 1-3 MAC) Saturday afternoon, playing their sixth MAC match of the season. NIU ended up dropping the affair, 5-2. The loss drops the team's record to 6-10 with a 1-5 record in conference play.
"We're getting some good individual results," said Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. "We just have to bring it all together."
While NIU dropped the doubles point in the affair, this portion of the match featured the closest contest of the day. In the No. 1, Arantza De La Torre and Nelle Youel faced Caroline Aleck and Meika Ashby. Neither team could stomach giving in, but the Huskie tandem took an 8-7 (7-5) victory. Still, the Huskies lost the No. 2 and 3 matches, dropping the doubles point to fall behind 1-0 early.
In singles, NIU got on the board when Haley Dekkinga took the No. 3 match. She bested Aleck in the contest, 7-5, 6-3. Mary Malkin added a win of her own, and she needed to fight a bit harder. Facing Kelsey King, Malkin came back to win 3-6, 6-3, (10-4). However, the other Huskies could not come up with a victory in the affair. With two victories in singles play, NIU found itself behind 5-2 as the contest ended.
"We really did play well this weekend," added Ferrell. "Arantza De La Torre was especially good. Our conference is just that tough. We still have two more chances to take a crack at this with Toledo and Eastern Michigan coming in two weeks."
The Huskies will take a short break from conference play next weekend. Their next match will be against Cardinal Strich on Thursday, April 10. The match will be at 1:00 p.m. on the outdoor courts at NIU, barring inclement weather.
WMU 5, NIU 2
1. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Nelle Youel
(NIU) 6-4, 6-0
2. Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) def. Cristina Alvarez
(NIU) 6-1, 6-0
3. Haley Dekkinga
(NIU) def. Caroline Aleck (WMU) 7-5, 6-3
4. Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. Arantza De La Torre
(NIU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Mary Malkin
(NIU) def. Kelsey King (WMU) 3-6, 6-3, (10-4)
6. Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Stephanie McDonald
(NIU) 6-2, 6-1
1. Arantza De La Torre/Nelle Youel (NIU) def. Caroline Aleck/Meika Ashby (WMU) 8-7 (7-5)
2. Kathleen Hawkins/Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Maria Rozo/Cristina Alvarez (NIU) 8-2
3. Nini Sujashvili/Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. Haley Dekkinga/Stephanie McDonald (NIU) 8-0