Women’s tennis loses at MAC

By Danielle Brown

DeKALB — The Huskies traveled to Muncie, Indiana to face the Miami University Redhawks in the Mid-American Conference Championship Friday, which was hosted by Ball State University.

The Huskies (10-13, 4-4 MAC), seeded at No. 5, saw an end to their season as the No. 4 Redhawks defeated them in a 4-1 effort in the first round.

“This is a tough loss for the team,” said Head Coach Tanya Mahefu, according to NIU Media Services. “We played great doubles today, as we have all year, but we were not able to put enough points on the board in singles play.”

The Huskies won the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Senior Adey Osabuohien and freshman Raven Neely defeated Miami’s doubles partners 6-2 at No. 1. NIU partners senior Pauline Chawafambira and junior Evelyn Youel went 6-1 over their opponents at No. 2. Osabuohien and Neely are both First Team All-MAC Selections.

The Redhawks reached the four-point mark first after winning the singles points at No. 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Osabuohien was the only Huskie to win her singles match at No. 1, defeating her opponent in two sets, 6-3 and 5-4.

Neely, Chawafambira, junior Abigail Dekkinga, Youel and junior Michelle Erasmus lost their singles matches at No. 2 (6-4, 3-3), 3 (6-4, 6-1), 4 (6-0, 6-0), 5 (6-3, 6-2) and 6 (6-3, 6-3). No Huskie was able to win a set in her match. The Huskies needed more singles victories to have a chance to win the tournament.

“I’m proud of this group this season,” Mahefu said. “We competed well and achieved great things as a team this season. We thank seniors Adey and Pauline coming in and [helping to] build this program.”

The Huskies ended their season in the first round of the MAC Championships. The team will pick up next fall with a roster headlined by Youel and Neely.