Women netters end fall with 6-1 victory

By Marc Wesner

Severely cold weather conditions weren’t enough to stop the NIU women’s tennis team from racking up a victory over the visiting Chicago State Cougars on Thursday.

It was, however, enough to cancel the doubles matches that were to follow the singles competitions.

The dual meet was the last one scheduled this fall and the Huskies (4-2) were able to end the season by compiling a 6-1 win over Chicago State.

“Svetlana Nedeljkovic and Jami Cheek both played consistently and hard,” said Huskie head coach Patty Groth-Newbrough. “Svetlana had the most convincing win (6-1, 6-1 over Titania Turner) and Jami had another great day (6-1, 6-3 over Angela Gipson).”

Sarah Murfey, who bested her opponent Crystal Embry 7-5, 7-5, went on to say, “Everybody played really well.”

Because of scheduling conflicts with a test, No. 1 player

Jenny Karges was forced to begin her match late but went on to defeat Martha Gates 6-3, 6-3 anyway.

The other winners for the Huskies were Brenda Bowen and Ivana Nikolic. Bowen was forced into three sets but beat Cynthia Pitts 6-1, 1-6, 6-1, while Nikolic took only two sets to gain a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Keisha Baldwin.

Although the season is over for most of the team, three members have been invited to participate in the Rolex, a tournament held at Michigan State University next Thursday.

The three Huskies who have earned the honor to represent NIU in East Lansing, Mich., are Jenny Karges, Svetlana Nedeljkovic and Sarah Murfey.