Oct. 5, 2013
WHITEWATER, Wis. - The Huskies traveled to Wisconsin for their final women's tennis event before regionals, the Panther/Warhawk Invitational. Aside from NIU, teams in attendance of this event include UW-Milwaukee, UW-Whitewater, Grand Valley State, Ferris State, UW-Green Bay, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Each team began playing on Friday.
The first day of play proved troublesome for the event itself. Rain kept the teams from playing on the outdoor courts at UWW, forcing competitors to play indoors. As such, the event was slowed a bit, resulting in very limited singles play through day one.
Even with the weather problems though, the teams were able to complete doubles play. NIU's doubles team of Nelle Youel (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake Central) and Arantza De La Torre (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/Motolinia) finished first in the #1 Doubles flight start the event strong for NIU. They defeated Ksenia Kuzmenko and Jana Luste from NJIT in the final, 8-2. Over in the #2 Doubles flight, Haley Dekkinga and Stephanie McDonald placed third after defeating Erika Willaims and Megan Humphreys, 8-4.
"It was a solid performance," said Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. "The weather was not the greatest, so we needed to be flexible. Match by match, we began to warm up and play better. It was very nice to see. Hopefully we can get some sunshine tomorrow and get ready for some singles."
Singles play will conclude on Saturday. Only a couple singles matches have even happened so far, so Saturday will also have the bulk of singles play. The Huskies will have a short break after this event before the regionals, which start on Wednesday, October 9.
NIU Results Through First Day:
Nelle Youel will play Megan Humphreys (UWW) in first round.
Hayley Dekkinga def. Claudia Negron (UWGB): 6-0, 6-0
Dekkinga will face Jana Luste (NJIT) in second round
Arantza De La Torre def. Amy Upthagrove (UWW): 6-0, 6-1
De la torre's second opponent has yet to advance to the second round
Cristina Alvarez will face Lauren Miketinac (UWGB) in first round
Stephanie McDonald will face Rachel Menos (UWGB) in first round
Youel/de la Torre def. Bayliss/Vitale (UWW): 8-3
Youel/de la Torre def. Meibeu/Zanotta (NJIT): 8-6
Youel/de la Torre def. Kuzmenko/Luste (NJIT): 8-2 in final
Dekkinga/McDonald def. Demchanko/Sell (Ferris): 8-4
Marshall/Straub (UWM) def. Dekkinga/McDonald: 8-5
Dekkinga/McDonald def. Williams/Humphreys (UWW): 8-4 in third place match