Women’s tennis to play first home outdoor match of season


Christina Alvarez prepares to return a serve in a doubles match against Bowling Green University on March 29, 2013.

By Danielle Brown

Women’s tennis (6-8, 1-1 MAC) will have a chance to move over .500 in the MAC this weekend as it faces off against the University of Akron on Friday.

The Huskies went 1-1 in their first weekend of conference play, beating Bowling Green State University 5-2 on Friday and losing to Ball State University 5-2 on Sunday. They are now fifth in the MAC behind Ball State, University at Buffalo, Akron and Western Michigan University. Head coach Tanya Gombera said the loss to Ball State was a learning experience for the team.

“We need to take better care of opportunities as a team,” Gombera said. “We need to step up and be on our A-game.”

The Zips beat the Huskies 6-1 on April 17.

This Huskies have began practicing outdoors this week due to nice weather. The game against Akron will be the team’s first outdoor game in DeKalb this year — the rest of their home games have been played in Rockford.

Matches are set to start at 1 p.m. Friday at the West Tennis Courts. The Huskies have just five games remaining in the regular season.