Women's Tennis Falls to Miami (Ohio), 4-0, in MAC Quarterfinals
April 24, 2009
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Northern Illinois women's tennis team saw its 2009 season end in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Championships, dropping a 4-0 decision versus regular season MAC champion and top-seeded Miami (Ohio) at the Keefe Tennis Courts Friday morning.
"We actually played well today, but Miami (Ohio) was just too deep for us; their top-three singles players are as good as anyone in the league, and they had their way today. We were right there in the bottom three singles positions; it would have been nice to see the final scores of those matches had they played out until the end. We had winds between 18 and 23 miles per hour, which didn't help either team.
"Good things are on the horizon for NIU women's tennis. Our freshmen had tremendous seasons, and the sophomores really ended the year well. We've got three more players coming in next season, which is going to give us even more depth. We'll continue to build this thing the right way and be in a position to do some special things. You have to take your hat off to Lilian (Asuaje); she had a great career, and has helped lay the foundation for this program's success in the future."
The RedHawks claimed the decisive doubles point by winning regulation pro-sets at both the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. MU's Stephanie Danesis and Megan Martzolf teamed at No. 1 singles to post an 8-1 win over NIU's Brooke Forsberg and Martina Schnapp. Brintney Larson and Riekie Honiball then recorded an 8-2 victory over the Huskies' Kathryn Friedlund and Sara McLaughlin to secure the doubles point. NIU's Emily Rogers and Lilian Asuaje were trailing 7-3 at No. 2, before having their match abandoned.
In singles play, Miami's Anastasia Dracheva posted a 6-1, 6-0 win over Friedlund at No. 2 singles, giving the RedHawks a 2-0 lead. Monica Gorny, the RedHawks' top singles player, answered with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Asuaje; followed by the pivotal 6-2, 6-0 win by Danesis over Schnapp at the third singles flight. The respective fourth, fifth and sixth singles matches went into the books unfinished, but Miami (Ohio) was off to at least a one-set lead in each of those contests.
NIU advanced to the MAC quarterfinals for the second-consecutive season, and ended its season with seven wins (7-16, 1-8 MAC), two more than its entire win total from the 2007-08 campaign.
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