Sept. 16, 2013
CHICAGO, Ill. -
Northern Illinois' women's tennis team attended the Chicago State Invitational tennis tournament over the weekend to start its fall season. NIU was one of seven teams to play in the invitational, and the team came away with two flight victories.
Arantza De La Torre (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/Motolinia) was able to start her season strong with by winning the White Flight Singles bracket. She took down Bradley's Ashley Thai 6-1, 6-2 in the final. Cristina Alvarez (Zaragoz, Spain/Cristorey and Sagrado Corazon De Jesus) also came out on top in all of her singles matches, taking down the Black Flight Singles bracket. She defeated Jordan Appel from the University of Chicago in two sets, scoring 6-3 and 6-2 in the final.
Outside of flight victories, the Huskies also had players make semi-final appearances, including Nelle Youel (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake Central) and Maria Rozo (Bogata, Columbia/Gimnasio Femenino). The doubles teams from NIU also made deep runs in their brackets. The duo of Youel/de la Torre made it to the final round of the Green Flight Doubles bracket before falling to Lanstak/Kranczicki (Lewis), 8-2. Rozo/Alvarez teamed up take third place in the White Flight Doubles bracket. Haley Dekkinga (Allegan, Mich./Allegan) and Stephanie McDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe/St. Anne's Diocesan College) also played together in the White Flight Doubles bracket, making it to the final round before dropping the match to Nguyen/Wetmore (Lewis), 8-6.
"It's clear that my players put in a lot of work over the summer," said Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. "I love to see that. The effort they put in is encouraging for our season. If we can continue to like that, it should be a good season for us."
The Huskies have a couple weeks off before heading to the UWM Invitational on Friday, October 4. That will be a two-day tournament held in Whitewater, Wis.
BLACK FLIGHT SINGLES
Cristina Alvarez def. Carly Miles (Bradley): 6-1, 6-3.
Alvarez def. Gema Bolado (Chicago State): 6-4, 7-5.
Alvarez def. Jill Wetmore (Lewis): 6-2, 6-2.
Alvarez def. Jordan Appel (U of Chicago): 6-3, 6-2 in final.
Stephanie McDonald def. Faith Huckabee (Chicago state): 6-0, 7-5.
Jordan Appel (U of Chicago) def. McDonald: 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
GREEN FLIGHT SINGLES
Megan Tang (U of Chicago) def. Haley Dekkinga: 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.
In consolation, Adele Henke (Bradley) def. Dekkinga: 6-3, 2-6 (10-8).
Nelle Youel had first round bye.
Youel def. Ariel Dechter (Bradley): 6-3, 6-4.
Zsofia Kranczicki (Lewis) def. Youel: 6-3, 6-0.
GREY FLIGHT SINGLES
Ilse Pacheco def. Marina Arriola (South Dakota): 6-1, 7-5.
Cassia Wojalik (Bradley) def. Pacheco 6-4, 6-3.
Kandra Mills (Lewis) def. Sarah Boyd: 7-6 (5), 6-1
In consolation, Boyd def. Monique Graf (Bradley) 6-3, 6-3.
WHITE FLIGHT SINGLES
Maria Rozo def. Rachael Menos (Green Bay): 6-1, 6-0.
Rozo def. Milica Pavlovic (South Dakota): 6-2, 6-4.
Ashley Thai (Bradley) def. Rozo: 6-2, 6-4.
Arantza De La Torre had first round bye.
De la Torre def. Tiffany Chen (U of Chicago): 6-0, 6-0.
De la Torre def. Sarah Redfield (Bradley): 6-4, 7-6(4).
De la Torre def. Ashley Thai (Bradley): 6-1, 6-2 in final.
GREEN FLIGHT DOUBLES
Youel/de la Torre had first round bye.
Youel/de la Torre def. Dechter/Prystawski (Bradley): 8-1
Youel/de la Torre def. McGillis/Sdvizhkov (U of Chicago): default (due to injury).
Lanstak/Kranczicki (Lewis) def. Youel/de la Torre: 8-2.
WHITE FLIGHT DOUBLES
Rozo/Alvarez def. Miketinac/Peck (Green Bay): 8-1.
Dekkinga/Mcdonald def. Rozo/Alvarez: 8-6.
For third place, Rozo/Alvarez def. Roth/Wojalik (Bradley): 8-3.
Dekkinga/McDonald def. Ramaswami/Schumann (U of Chicago): 8-2.
Dekkinga/McDonald def. Arriola/Elkin (South Dakota): 8-2.
Dekkinga/McDonald def. Rozo/Alvarez: 8-6.
Nguyen/Wetmore (Lewis) def. Dekkinga/McDonald: 8-6.
Mills/Navarro (Lewis/Chicago State) def. Boyd/Pacheco: 8-5.
In consolation, Appel/Lee (U of Chicago) def. Boyd/Pacheco: 8-1