Huskie women netters resume play vs. DePaul

By Marc Wesner

The NIU women’s tennis team is set to return to the courts again when DePaul visits DeKalb today at 2 p.m.

The Huskies will be attempting to raise their fall record to 3-2 while also keeping tradition alive, having never suffered a defeat to the Blue Demons.

The meeting was originally slated for the Huskie Invitational, which was also intended to close the season. Two other schools, Illinois State and Chicago State, were to participate in the event.

Cold and wet weather conditions, however, forced the cancellation of that meet and the contests were rescheduled into three individual dual meets. Last Wednesday, the Huskies dispatched Illinois State 7-2.

Leading the charge will be Jenny Karges, Northern’s No. 1 singles player. Last Wednesday she set the tempo for the whole team with an easy 6-2, 6-0 victory over ISU’s Janelle Crabtree.

“Jenny really played outstanding at singles,” said Huskie head coach Patty Groth-Newbrough. “She played with consistency all through the match, and that is what we really needed.”

Extra ammunition to the Huskie attack will be the return of No. 6 singles player Ivana Nikolic. Making her 1992 debut for the netters against ISU, she triumphed over her opponent Iris Villaranda, 6-3, 6-2.

“I think we’ll do really well,” said Groth-Newbrough about today’s match. “Our doubles teams have been really tough and everybody is playing great.”

Thursday will mark the end of the home portion of NIU’s fall campaign when Chicago State matches their talent with the Huskies. That meet is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., also at the West Campus Courts.