Upstart Huskies hope winter flys by

By Marc Wesner

The NIU women’s tennis team started its fall season in rather shaky fashion—one win versus two losses isn’t much to get excited about.

But the Huskie netters regrouped on the West Campus Courts late last month to thoroughly dominate its opposition and finish with a 4-2 record.

Of the last three home victories posted by the squad, two were awarded to the Huskies before doubles play even began. The other went into the doubles portion with NIU needing only one match for the victory.

“I was really happy with everything,” reflected head coach Patty Groth-Newbrough on the fall portion of the 1992-93 schedule. “The season went exactly as planned with the exception of the loss to Nebraska. That was really our only upset.”

In that contest, the Huskies were forced to default two matches while losing by a final score of 5-3.

The strong finish also earned three Huskies the honor to play in the ITCA Rolex Invitational last weekend in East Lansing, Mich. They were Jenny Karges, Sarah Murfey and Svetlana Nedeljkovic.

A tough draw combated the ladies as Karges was eliminated in the second round of singles, and Murfey and Nedeljkovic didn’t make it past the first round of the doubles bracket.

With the fall campaign over, there isn’t much to do but stay in shape and wait for the weather to change.

“I’m really looking forward to the spring,” Groth-Newbrough said. “It’s going to be a really good spring.”

The “spring season” begins Jan. 27 when the team returns to the courts at Northwestern.