Huskie Briefs for 2/7/12

Brad Dieckhaus

By Northern Star Staff

Dieckhaus, Dekkinga named NIU Scholar Athletes of the Week

DeKALB | NIU wrestler, Brad Dieckhaus and women’s tennis’ Haley Dekkinga gained NIU Scholar Athletes of the Week Awards for Jan. 30-Feb. 5, according to a press release.

Dieckhaus, a redshirt senior, continued his strong season versus No. 19 Northwestern Friday. He pinned the Wildcats’ Marcus Shrewsbury with 5:15 left to take home his eighth victory this season.

His season record now stands at a perfect 8-0, and he now has 12 consecutive regular season wins going back to last season.

Dieckhaus is a sports management major with a 4.0 GPA.

Dekkinga went 4-2 in her matches this weekend, helping women’s tennis to a 2-1 mark. She currently holds a 3.864 GPA as an undecided major.

Women’s tennis picks up two victories

Northern Iowa got the best of NIU women’s tennis this weekend.

The Huskies dropped their first match of the weekend versus Northern Iowa, 6-1.

NIU rebounded Saturday to win its match versus North Dakota 6-1. On Sunday, the Huskies shutout Bradley 7-0.

“We were all business today,” said NIU coach Ryun Ferrell in a press release. “It was nice to see. Winning on Sunday during a three-day road trip is hard to do. We took care of business and did not look back.”

Freshman Mary Malkin won all three of her matches over the weekend. She continued to shine, as her season record now sits at 6-0. Malkin has gone five matches without dropping a single set.

The Huskies will come home for their first home match of the season Sunday, Feb. 12.

Men’s tennis falls to No. 27 Indiana

No. 27 Indiana would be too much to handle for the NIU men’s tennis team.

The Huskies lost their match 7-0 to the ranked Hooisers.

This was the Huskies first loss of the season, bringing their record to 2-1.

“We had our chances against a good team,” said NIU men’s tennis coach Patrick Fisher in a press release. “Axel played hard, Mikhail (Titov) was up 4-3 in his first set and Frederic (Cadieux) won his first set. Indiana’s a good team and once they got the first set under their belt, they were able to play relaxed and that’s what good teams do – They’re relentless when they play into those situations.”

NIU will play IPFW and SIU-Edwardsville at Rockford’s Boylan Tennis Center Friday, Feb. 10.