Women’s tennis ends three-game skid

By Shaquil Manigault

Women’s tennis (7-10, 1-5 MAC) snapped its three-game losing streak as it beat Cardinal Stritch (18-4), 6-0, Friday in DeKalb.

The win should give NIU some much-needed momentum as it heads into the final two games of the season. The Huskies will try to secure a spot in the MAC Tournament.

The Huskies were perfect in singles. In the No. 3, Arantza De La Torre shut down Cardinal Stritch’s Amanda Timm, 7-5, 6-1. While in the No. 4, Mary Malkin made quick work of Katiuska Adarmes, 6-2, 6-0.

In doubles, the No. 1 team of Nelle Youel and De La Torre kicked off things with a win over Natalie Grieve and Jitsupa Sirinit, 8-0. In the No. 3, Malkin and Stephanie McDonald came out on top against Adarmes and Emily Kaftan, 8-1.

One of the factors in the Huskies’ success was their home court advantage. The Huskies have had to play their home games at an inside venue in Rockford, so the on-campus home game was a positive.

“Being at home was a energy boost for the team,” Youel said. “In warm-ups everyone was in a good mood. [It] actually felt like a home game.”

Head coach Ryun Ferrell said being at home allowed the team to properly warm up and have a more relaxed preparation.

Ferrell said preparing for the outdoors coditions was not a problem for the team and it was able to easily adjust to Friday’s weather and wind.

“This team was built to play outside,” Ferrell said. “We’ve had practices in 30-degree weather and are comfortable in the wind.”