Women’s Tennis ends season with a 0-7 loss to Ball State


Women’s Tennis ends season with a 0-7 loss to Ball State

By Marcel Carrasco

DeKALB — The final game of the season was a fitting end to a unfortunate season for the women’s tennis team. The Huskies hosted Ball State University, but fell to the Cardinals 0-7. With Sunday’s loss, NIU continues its Mid-American Conference winless streak, as it reaches 14.

NIU’s loss to Ball State marked the seventh time this season the team failed to score a point, a team-low since the 2010-11 season. The loss to the Cardinals also wrapped up the fifth time this season the Huskies were shutout in a loss.

The Huskies went winless at home with a 0-7 record. A never before seen mark for as far back NIU Athletics statistics are available for the team.

In doubles play, sophomore Lara Slisko and first-year Paula Veyhle paired up for the eleventh time this season. The Huskie pair faced sophomore Victoria Sec and senior Sarah Swiderski. The Ball State pair took the match 1-6.

Junior Brodie Walker and first-year Fernanda Naves took on seniors Isabelle Dohanics and Peyton Gollhofer. The Huskie pair lost 2-6. Walker and Naves teamed up five times this year, losing all five matches.

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The third doubles match went unfinished when junior Mary Ellen Green and first-year Julia Dmitrieva faced junior Rebecca Herrington and sophomore Lilya Hadab.

In singles play, Veyhle had NIU’s best individual performance of the match. Veyhle fought to a three-set loss against Swiderski.  The Cardinal took the match 2-6, 6-4, and 8-10.

Green faced first-year Livia Lukacs, losing 2-6 and 2-6.

Four Huskies were blanked in one set each, including an unfinished match from Naves who faced Herrington in a lone set loss 0-3. Walker lost to senior Audrey Berger 2-6 and 0-6.

Dmitrieva and Slisko both lost their singles match. Each Huskie lost their match 1-6 and 0-6. Dmitrieva lost to Dohanics and Slisko fell to Sec.

Head Coach Tanya Mahefu said to NIU Athletics that the season has been a struggle but the team isn’t down on themselves.

“We close our season with our heads held high,” Mahefu said.. “It’s been tough with injuries, but we have a few months for us to get better and come back stronger with having learned from this experience.”

The Huskies’ season concluded with at least seven straight losses for the third time in the last three years.