May 28, 2014
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Nelle Youel is once again a member of the MAC All-Academic women's tennis team. It's her second straight year on the team. This comes after a strong year on the courts, one that earned her a spot on an All-MAC team.
Youel owns a spotless 4.0 GPA as she majors in health science/pre-physical therapyShe went 15-10 during her junior year at NIU in singles. She played at No. 1 the entire season. In doubles, she finished the 2013-14 season at 15-11, playing out her matches with Arantza De La Torre.
Youel is the second NIU women's tennis athlete to take the honor in consecutive seasons, the first being Anna Widen in 1998 and 1999. Overall, this is the ninth time a Huskie has been named to the MAC All-Academic women's tennis team.
NIU also had four honorable mentions for the team. Stephanie McDonald, Haley Dekkinga, Cristina Alvarez, and Mary Malkin were mainstays on the courts all season, and they garnered consideration from the MAC for their strong academic results as well.
"This is great," said Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. "These girls work very hard both on and off the court. They deserve any and all recognition they get. "