Women’s tennis squad drops Eastern Michigan

The NIU women’s tennis team had a couple of good reasons for beating Eastern Michigan University 6-3 Friday at the Kishwaukee YMCA Indoor Tennis Courts.

First, the Huskies wanted revenge for last season’s 6-3 defeat to the Eagles in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Another reason for the importance of the win was that head coach Patty Groth wanted her players to keep their winning streak alive.

With the fourth-consecutive win, the Huskies stand at 8-5 overall, while EMU fell to 4-6.

Two big victories Groth wanted to point out were at the No. 2 and No. 5 spots.

Hild Andersch pulled out a two-game set in No. 2 singles by defeating Naomi Mokelke 6-4, 6-4. No. 5 singles performer Breda Dean got past EMU’s Julie Thompson as the Huskies came up with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph.

Dean and Natalija Todorovic grouped together in doubles play to defeat Nicole Gottscholt and Jenny Beigh 6-5, 6-3 in the No. 3 doubles spot.

“Breda had a very good day for us,” Groth said. “She was up and then things got kind of shaky for a while, but she came through.

“Hild had a great match. Last year she lost to Naomi, but Hild has greatly improved. I would have to say that she played one of the best matches in her career,” Groth added.

The Huskie netters have a week off before taking on Miami (Ohio) University Saturday in Ohio. Match time is 11 a.m.