TENNIS---Northern Illinois University vs. University at Buffalo /
at Buffalo, NY / Mid-American Conference Match / Saturday / April 6, 2002
FINAL SCORE: NORTHERN
ILLINOIS 6, BUFFALO 1
1. Branka Savic (NIU) d. Karen Maynard (UB) 6-3, 6-3
2. Tanja Sukovic (NIU) d. Michalea Kollarova (UB) 6-0, 6-2
3. Karrie Tyioran (NIU) d. Shani Amarasinghe (UB) 6-2, 6-0
4. Erica Heshelman (NIU) d. Jen Wong (UB) 6-0, 6-0
5. Kris Tiedt (NIU) d. Meg Partelow (UB) 6-2, 6-0
6. Buffalo defeats Northern Illinois by default
1. Savic/Heshelman (NIU) d. Maynard/Amarashinghe (UB) 8-0
2. Opel/Tiedt (NIU) d. Kollarova/Wong (UB) 8-2
3. Tyioran/Sukovic (NIU) d. Partelow/Zielinski (UB) 8-1
TENNIS GUARANTEES .500 OR BETTER SEASON WITH 6-1 DEFEAT OF BUFFALO
BUFFALO, NY - Another
match and another win for the Northern Illinois University women's tennis
team here Saturday (April 6). However, this 6-1 defeat of the University
at Buffalo was just not another victory. With the win the Huskies are
now 11-7 overall and 5-1 in the Mid-American Conference, guaranteeing
them of a winning record in the MAC and at least a .500 overall record
for the season. The 11 wins are the most by an NIU team since the 1996-97
squad posted a 15-9 ledger.
"This is a great
accomplishment for this group," NIU head coach Laura Scott said.
"This is the same group of players we had last year when we went
8-13. They have just been more determined and confident from the beginning
of the season and we turned things around."
handled every match with ease, with the only blemish coming at No. 6 singles
when NIU defaulted the match to Buffalo. NIU dropped only three out of
27 games in doubles before claiming 60 of the 70 games in singles play.
In No. 1 singles,
Branka Savic (Geelong, Australia / North Geelong Secondary) rebounded
from a loss on Friday (April 5) to defeated UB's Karen Maynard 6-3, 6-3.
Tanja Sukovic (Alsip / Palos Heights Shepard) won her 16th match of the
sesaon in No. 2 singles while Karrie Tyioran (Oswego) continue to improve
with a 6-2, 6-0, victory over Shani Amarasinghe in No. 3 singles.
Erica Heshelman (Rockton
/ Hononegah) improved her team-best record to 19-6 with a 6-0, 6-0 blanking
of Jen Wong while senior Kris Tiedt (Iowa City, IA / City High) posted
a 6-2, 6-0 win in No. 5 singles. Savic and Heshelman combined for an 8-0
win in No. 1 singles play while the senior duo of Tiedt and Molly Opel
(Sheboygan, WI / North) claimed an 8-2 win in No. 2 doubles. NIU's hottest
duo of Sukovic and Tyioran continued their winning ways with their eighth
straight doubles victory.
"We were a little
bit tired today and this has been a long road trip for us," Scott
added. "We played hard today and tried to get off the court quickly.
We played with a lot of confidence and that helped."
will return home Friday (April 12) for the last home match of the season
when the Broncos of Western Michigan come to town. The MAC West Division
battle is set for 1 p.m. in DeKalb.
---Copy by Bret Seymour