April 8, 2006
Hamilton, OH -- So far the Northern Illinois University women's tennis team has yet to have a full line-up for a Mid-American Conference contest.
Not too surprisingly, the Huskies have also yet to win a MAC outing as Saturday (April 8) saw NIU fall victim by a 7-0 tally in a visit to Miami University. With the match forced indoors by rain, MU's RedHawks made themselves at home in the Riverside Racquet Club by pulling out both of the contested doubles matches to add the doubles point to forfeit wins at No. 5 and 6 singles for a 3-0 lead. By winning the four singles matches actually played, Miami went on to the shutout victory in order to improve 9-7 overall and 4-1 in Mid-Am duals. The current nine-match losing streak dropped Northern Illinois' season record to 4-15 while the league ledger slipped to 0-4.
"It was similar to (Friday's loss at) Ball State (University). We played relatively well in doubles, but just couldn't put them away. Those deciding points continue to elude us," NIU coach Pontus Hiort admitted. "And eventually that plays out in singles as well. We've got to stay positive and just keep working toward finding a way to get those key points to tip the balance in our favor."
The Huskies return home for their last two DeKalb dates hoping to possibly regain the services of either Lilian Asuaje (Monterrey, Mexcio / American School Foundation of Monterrey) or Nao Umemura (Kasugai-shi aichi, Japan / Kardina Internatioinal), who normally fill the Nos. 3 and 4 singles positions. However, both have been sidelined by illness.
The RedHawks' top duo of Katrina Lomidze and Linda Jirouskova posted an 8-6 victory over NIU's Jenny Edner (Stocksund, Sweden / Kramfors Tennis Gymnasiet) and Dora Delgadillo (San Luis Potosi, Mexico / Instituto Technologico de Estudios Superirores de Monterrey). Miami's No. 2 combo of Remy Swain and Maura Trauernicht were 8-5 victors over NIU's Megan Brooks (Aurora / West) and Chrissy Nagel (Millstadt / Belleville West).
In the No. 1 singles match, Edner bounced back from a 6-0 first-set loss to win the second set 6-2 before falling short 10-8 in a super tiebreaker. At No. 3 singles, Brooks rallied from a 6-1 first-set defeat to fall short in a 7-5 second-set battle.
Northern Illinois, which will make the same road trip east after the regular season with Miami serving as host to the MAC Championships, closes out the home portion of its schedule this weekend. NIU welcomes the Unviersity of Akron for a Friday (April 14) 1 p.m. match followed on Saturday (April 15) by a 1 p.m. date with the University at Buffalo.
WOMEN'S TENNIS -- Northern Illinois University at Miami (OH) University / at Hamilton, OH / Riverside Racquet Center Indoor Tennis Courts / Mid-American Conference Dual / Saturday / April 8, 2006
MIAMI 7, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 0
(at Hamilton, OH / Riverside Racquet Club Indoor Tennis Courts)
No. 1 -- Katrina Lomidze / Linda Jirouskova (MU) def. Jenny Edner / Dora Delgadillo (NIU), 8-6
No. 2 -- Remy Swain / Maura Trauernicht (MU) def. Megan Brooks / Chrissy Nagel (NIU), 8-5
No. 3 -- Victoria Pulido / Chritsy Scardina (MU) won by forfeit.
No. 1 -- Katrina Lomidze (MU) def. Jenny Edner (NIU), 6-0, 2-6, 10-8
No. 2 -- Linda Jirouskova (MU) def. Dora Delgadillo (NIU), 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 -- Kelly Douple (MU) def. Megan Brooks (NIU), 6-1, 7-5
No. 4 -- Victoria Pulido (MU) def. Chrissy Nagel (NIU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 -- Remy Swain (MU) won by forfeit
No. 6 -- Maura Trauernicht (MU) won by forfeit
Records to Date: NIU now 4-15 overall, 0-4 in the MAC / Miami now 8-9 overall, 2-2 in the MAC
Next Huskie Matches:
Friday / April 14 -- University of Akron at Northern Illinois University, 1 p.m.
Saturday / April 15 -- University at Buffalo at Northern Illinois University, 1 p.m.
(For more information, please contact Steve Nemeth) --NIU--