Women’s tennis drops sixth straight

By Marcel Carrasco

The women’s tennis team fell 0-7 in their sixth straight loss to the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames Friday.

The Huskies didn’t have enough in their tank to ignite any spark on their way to a fifth away defeat.

First-year Fernanda Nava and sophomore Maria Potsi teamed up for the third time this season, picking up their second win together this season. The Huskie pair have tied a team high in couples victories this season with two.

Naves and Potsi defeated seniors Georgia Sanders and Victoria Seifert in a 5-4 unfinished match to merely put a blemish on UIC’s victory.

Couples’ action rolled on as first-year Christy Robinson and junior Brodie Walker faced sophomore Lucie Prochazkova and junior Lejla Colic. The Huskie pair haven’t won together since their opener against the University of Milwaukee in January. Friday’s 4-6 defeat added to the drought.

First-year Paula Veyhle and sophomore Lara Slisko took the court together, but were shutout 0-6 by junior Karyna Bihel and senior Rachel Le Comber.

NIU was once again swept in singles play which has been a common theme for the young Huskies in the first half of the season.

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NIU’s team leader in individual wins Potsi faced Colic in individual game one, but lost 2-6 and 4-6.

Walker faced Bihel, and put up one of the better Huskie performances. Walker’s efforts weren’t enough as she went on to lose 4-6 and 4-6.

NIU showed no signs of a potential comeback as the other Huskies closed out the day with four more losses including Slisko’s 3-6 and 0-6 fall to first-year Nell Arendt. Slisko sits with a winless individual record this year after Friday’s loss.

Veyhle put up a fight against Sanders after falling in the first 2-6. The second set saw the pair battle, but Sanders came out on top to close out Veyhle 6-7.

The Huskies look to bounce back from a tough loss and snap their losing streak against Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.

Mid-season struggles continue for NIU, but the opportunity for redemption begins with IUPUI. The Jaguars are 2-8 this season including a 1-6 away record.

First serve is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Boylan Tennis Center.