Sept. 10, 2009
"A" Doubles Draw
"A" Singles Draw
"B" Doubles Draw
"B" Singles Draw
"C" Singles Draw
"D" Singles Draw
"E" Singles Draw
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's tennis team will kick off its 2009 fall season this weekend, when the Huskies host the NIU Invitational in Aurora. Competition will include Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Illinois-Chicago and Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The event will be held at two sites: West Aurora High School (1201 W. New York St.) and Washington Middle School (231 S. Constitution Dr.). Each of those locations are within two miles of Fox Valley Tennis Center, the Huskies' indoor facility in Aurora, which will serve as the back-up site in the case of inclement weather. Play will begin at 10 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
All nine players on NIU's 2009-10 roster will see action in the invitational, including each of the three incoming freshmen (Brittni Fausett, Kelly Phillips and Kendall Robison). The event will jumpstart a three-week stretch of fall tournaments for the Huskies. NIU's primary competitive season takes place in the spring.
"We're excited about getting out there and competing," said NIU head coach Ryun Ferrell. "Our players need to experience playing against someone else besides their teammates. They'll be able to sleep in their own beds, and it will be a short drive over to Aurora each day. We'll play comfortable from that standpoint, and hopefully that will help us on the court."
The Huskies return seven letterwinners from the 2008-09 campaign, including sophomores Emily Rogers and Sara McLaughlin, who combined to win 21 singles matches last season.
There will be no "team scoring" for the tournament, but the updated "draws" will be available after each day of competition. Doubles matches will be played in a pro-set format. A 10-point third set tiebreaker will be instituted in singles play.