NIU darkens DePaul’s day

By Marc Wesner

Darkness descended upon the West Campus Courts before the NIU women’s tennis doubles teams were able to finish their match against DePaul yesterday.

However, the excellent effort put forth in the singles round of play was enough to clinch the victory for the Huskies who improved their fall dual-meet record to 3-2.

The team dominated the courts compiling a 6-1 record while quickly putting to rest any thought of a Blue Demon triumph.

Jenny Karges led the way with an easy 6-0, 6-1 win over Julie Falduto at the No. 1 position.

No. 2 Svetlana Nedeljkovic had few problems with Angelica Sautoro 6-3, 6-2.

Sarah Murfey followed with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Tina Sacks, while Jami Cheek, at the No. 4 slot, made a nice recovery from a loss on Wednesday to defeat Jenny Ore 6-1, 6-1.

No. 5 Brenda Bowen took a 6-3, 6-2 final over Jennifer Smith and Ivana Nikolic dispatched Gina Osterloh 6-0, 6-4 at the No. 6 spot.

The only loss came to No. 7 Tammy Morgan who was beaten by Anita Holeczy in a 6-1, 6-3 affair.

“Everybody played great,” said head coach Patty Groth-Newbrough. “I switched No. 3 (Nedeljkovic) and No. 2 (Murfey) to help build up some confidence and they both played really well.”

“Jami (Cheek) came back to play well after losing to (ISU’s) Erin Tarmulea last Wednesday.”

With the sun setting earlier these days and the noticeable lack of light past 5 p.m. on the Huskie courts, Thursday’s season-ending match against Chicago State has been moved up an hour to start at 1 p.m. at the West Campus Courts.