April 8, 2010
DEKALB - The Northern Illinois women’s tennis team looks to even its Mid-American Conference record this weekend as the Huskies conclude their three-week homestand by hosting Akron Friday and Buffalo Saturday at the Huskie Tennis Courts in DeKalb. Both matches start at 1 p.m. CST.
NIU (7-8, 1-3 MAC) was forced inside the Forest City Tennis Center in Rockford last weekend due to high winds and dropped matches to Ball State Friday and Miami (Ohio) Saturday. The Huskies practiced at the Huskie Tennis Courts all week and look to play in DeKalb this weekend, where they are 1-1 this season.
“Our conference is so deep and there are no easy matches here on out,” said head coach Ryun Ferrell. “(Akron head coach) Jeff (Wyshner) has done a great job with that program and they are much-improved from last year. We have had similar results to Buffalo in MAC play, so that should be a good matchup for us at home.”
Freshman Brittni Fausett and sophomore Emily Rogers both collected singles wins against Ball State and occupy the top two spots on NIU’s wins list this season. Fausett, playing at No. 3, collected her team-high ninth win of the season in straight-sets, and Rogers recorded her eighth victory by capturing a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2.
Junior Martina Schnapp, slotted at the No. 6 position, picked up a come-from-behind victory against Miami (Ohio) for her second win in three matches. Schnapp, who ranked second on the squad in singles wins last season, won a third-set tiebreaker 10-8 after capturing the second set, 7-5.
No. 63 Akron (14-0, 3-0 MAC) achieved the best start in school history with a 7-0 home victory over Eastern Michigan last Saturday. The Zips, ranked No. 7 in the Midwest region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, are the only undefeated Division I team in the country. Rogers, Schnapp and Sara McLaughlin all collected victories at Akron last season, but the Huskies dropped a 4-3 decision to the Zips on March 27, 2009.
Buffalo (5-6, 1-2 MAC) split a pair of MAC matches at home last weekend with Eastern Michigan (W, 5-2) and Toledo (L, 4-3). The Bulls own a 2-4 road record this season, and have lost three-straight away from Buffalo. NIU suffered a 6-1 defeat at Buffalo last season.