Oct. 21, 2012
ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's tennis team continued a successful run at the ITA Regionals Saturday in Day Two as the Huskies picked up four wins, including a doubles championship.
The first win came from sophomore Nelle Youel (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake Central), who defeated Diana Davitaia (Eastern Michigan) 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 to give NIU its first win at a USTA/ITA Midwest Regional in over a decade. Advancing to the second round, Youel then fell to Jasmin King (DePaul) 6-1, 7-5 to end a positive learning experience in making a run toward a spot in the prestigious USTA/ITA Indoor Collegiate Championships on Nov. 8-11 at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
NIU's biggest win on the day came in the doubles Beta flight as Mary Malkin (Tel Aviv, Israel/Alliance) and Stephanie McDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe/St. Anne's Diocesan College) topped Lloyd/Noel (Chicago State) 9-7 to win the flight championship. Also in the flight, Maria Rozo (Bogota, Columbia/Gimnasio Femenino) and Ilse Pacheco (San Luis Potosí, Mexico/Alma Patria) took sixth place after losing to Myers/Yen (Michigan State) 8-2.
In the Alpha doubles flight, Haley Dekkinga (Allegan, Mich./Allegan) and Cristina Alvarez (Zaragoza, Spain/Cristorey and Sagrado Corazon De Jesus) took fourth place following an 8-3 loss to Rabot/Wohlstrom (Wisconsin).
In singles play, Malkin and Sarah Boyd (Aurora, Ill./Alpha Omega Academy) picked up NIU's final two wins on the day. Malkin earned a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Pernilla Wohlstrom (Wisconsin) to move into the Charlie flight title match against Emily Myers (Michigan State). Boyd beat Jessica Theobold (Western Illinois) in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 to tie with Ilse Pacheco (San Luis Potosí, Mexico/Alma Patria) for fifth place in the Delta flight.
In the Alpha flight, Dekkinga fell to Karyn Emeralda (Chicago State) 2-6, 6-4, (4) and will play Kristin Kurer (Milwaukee) for third place. In a consolation match, Rozo lost to Helen Rabot (Wisconsin) 7-5, 6-2.
In the Bravo flight, Alvarez dropped a 3-6, 6-4, (9) decision to Jennifer Yen (Michigan State) to tie for third place with teammate McDonald, who lost to Kathleen Hawkins (Western Michigan) 6-0, 6-2.
"Today was a very solid day for NIU women's tennis," said NIU Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. "We had a lot of chances. We lost in two semis in three sets. We battled so well. I cannot complain at all. We won a doubles draw with a team we put together a week ago. Mary Malkin has had a great tournament, thus far, and made it to the finals. Sarah Boyd won her first match this fall. Nelle Youel won a match at the regional in Champaign.
"As I stated before we played tough, but we lacked a little discipline. That is going to happen with a young team, but we are getting invited to the table. We need to continue to work. We still have one more day of this event -- it is the toughest day and we need to get tough with it. It will be nice to see some good discipline and some tough tennis. If we do that, we will be fine on Sunday."
The two remaining Huskies, Dekkinga and Malkin, will continue singles play in Rockford at Boylan Tennis Center tomorrow.