April 2, 2009
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's tennis team will host a pair of Mid-American Conference dual matches this weekend, when the Huskies welcome Bowling Green (April 3) and Western Michigan (April 4) to DeKalb for their first MAC home stand of the season. Saturday's match will celebrate Senior Day festivities.
The Huskies have lost six-of their last seven matches, and enter the weekend with a 1-3 MAC record. NIU dropped a tough 4-3 decision at Akron last Friday, before falling to host Buffalo, 6-1, on March 28.
"We're excited about the chance to return home after nearly a month, and to compete against two very good teams in our league," said NIU head coach Ryun Ferrell. "After a couple of tough losses in MAC play, we're really focusing on ourselves right now, and not so much on our opponents. We need to keep ourselves in check mentally.
"The biggest change I've noticed from this year's team is that we are playing extremely long matches, and are out on the court a lot. We'll continue to have that mentality of frustrating and wearing down our opponents, and it will start to lead to some more wins as we go along."
Bowling Green swept its home stand against Toledo and Eastern Michigan last weekend, capturing respective 4-3 and 6-1 wins. The Falcons' Stephanie Menoff boasts a team-high 16 singles wins, playing predominately the No. 5 position. Three BGSU players have recorded at least two singles wins.
Western Michigan has won six-of its last seven matches, and is off to a 3-0 start in MAC action. The Broncos posted respective 7-0 shutouts over Eastern Michigan and Toledo last weekend in Kalamazoo, Mich. Five WMU players have 20 or more singles wins, led by Kerstin Pahl's 30-4 individual record.