April 13, 2013
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Northern Illinois suffered its sixth straight Mid-American Conference loss Saturday at the Chippewa Club in Ypsilanti, Mich., falling to Eastern Michigan, 6-1.
No. 3 player Mary Malkin claimed the Huskies' lone win on Saturday with a 6-4, 0-6, 1-0 (10-1) victory. Malkin improved to 16-6 on the year in singles with the three-set win. NIU's No. 1 player Nelle Youel dropped a three-set match, falling 10-8 in the third-game superset, as she lost just her third singles match of the season. Two of Youel's three losses have come in three-set affairs.
The Huskies' No. 2 doubles team of Stephanie McDonald and Haley Dekkinga lost a tough 8-7 decision to EMU's Ankita Bhatia and Mariya Toncheva, falling 7-4 in the eighth-game tiebreaker.
"Today was a tough day," said NIU Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. "We played our hearts out and just came up short. We've got one weekend left in the regular season and we're going to keep pressing on."
Northern Illinois dropped to 14-8, 0-6 in the MAC, while EMU improved to 8-12, 3-3.
Northern Illinois will play its final two dual matches of the regular season at home next Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, when the Huskies play host to Ball State and Miami. Matches start at 1 p.m. (CT) each day with the location at either the West Tennis Courts (outside) or the Boylan Tennis Courts (inside) in Rockford, Ill.
Eastern Michigan 6, Northern Illinois 1
at Ypsilanti, Mich. (Chippewa Club)
1. Nino Mebuke/Klara Supejova (EMU) def. Nelle Youel/Arantza De La Torre (NIU) 8-1
2. Ankita Bhatia/Mariya Toncheva (EMU) def. Stephanie McDonald/Haley Dekkinga (NIU) 8-7 (7-4)
3. Daphne Friedrichs/Zsofia Biro (EMU) def. Cristina Alvarez/Mary Malkin (NIU) 8-2
1. Klara Supejova (EMU) def. Nelle Youel
(NIU) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8)
2. Nino Mebuke (EMU) def. Haley Dekkinga
(NIU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Mary Malkin
(NIU) def. Ankita Bhatia (EMU) 6-4, 0-6, 1-0 (10-1)
4. Daphne Friedrichs (EMU) def. Arantza De La Torre
(NIU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Zsofia Biro (EMU) def. Cristina Alvarez
(NIU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Mariya Toncheva (EMU) def. Stephanie McDonald
(NIU) 6-2, 6-2
-- NIU --
Facebook: NIU Huskies