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Tennis coach to leave NIU for family

By Frank Gogola | June 22, 2014

Ryun Ferrell, women’s tennis head coach, is leaving the program after eight seasons to pursue another coaching option in the best interest of his family.Ferrell will officially begin his new job as head coach at Central College, in Pella, Iowa, on July...

MAC Tournament on line for women’s tennis

By Shaquil Manigault | April 16, 2014

Women’s tennis (7-10, 1-5 MAC) will play host to a pair of conference opponents, including the No. 2 team in the MAC, this weekend.The Huskies will play the Toledo Rockets 11 a.m. Friday. They will then face the Eastern Michigan Eagles 1 p.m. Saturday....

Women’s tennis goes 1-1 over weekend

By Shaquil Manigault | March 30, 2014

Women’s tennis split this weekend’s games, beating the Akron Zips Friday and falling to the Buffalo Bulls Saturday.On Friday, the Huskies beat Akron, 4-3.In singles, Nelle Youel defeated Olga Shkundina, 6-1, 6-0, while Cristina Alvarez knocked off...

Women’s tennis seeks 1st MAC victory

By Shaquil Manigault | March 26, 2014

Women’s tennis will look to end its three-match losing streak this weekend.The Huskies (5-7, 0-2 MAC) will play the Akron Zips (10-9, 0-2 MAC) at 1 p.m. Friday in Rockford. They will then face the Buffalo Bulls (10-3, 1-1 MAC) at 4 p.m. Saturday in...

Women’s tennis goes two for two

By Rhema Rhea | February 9, 2014

Women’s tennis took to the home court this weekend with wins against Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Cleveland State.The Huskies ended the weekend with a 2-0 record to make them 3-1 on the season.On Friday, the Huskies took on SIUE, winning...

Kim Kester, womens golf head coach.

Around the League: Part One

By Jacob Onak | July 15, 2013

Men’s GolfTom Porten - NIUTime at school: Entering fifth seasonBase Salary: $51,252Career Highlights: Back-to-back sixth place finishes in the MAC Championships in 2010 and 2011 seasons.Mike Fleck - Ball StateTime at school: 16th seasonBase Salary:...

Freshman Christina Alvarez prepares to return a serve Friday afternoon in a doubles match against Bowling Green University.

Women’s tennis falls to Western Michigan and Bowling Green

By Thomas Hiley III | March 31, 2013

The women’s tennis team can’t seem to find its way back into the winning column as it lost to Bowling Green, 5-2, and Western Michigan, 6-1 this weekend. Those two losses gave the Huskies their longest losing streak of the season, as they have not...

Women’s tennis to take on Western Michigan and Bowling Green

By Thomas Hiley III | March 27, 2013

After a bad start in conference play, the Huskies are excited to get back to playing again, and will go against Bowling Green (12-2) and Western Michigan (9-9) this upcoming weekend. Looking back at the start of the Huskies’ conference play, they came...

The key to tennis is stroke technique

By Thomas Hiley III | March 25, 2013

There is a lot more to playing tennis than just trying to hit the ball hard. In order to win, a player has to figure out ways to utilize different kinds of techniques. Ryun Ferrell, the women’s tennis head coach, said tennis is fairly similar to golf....

Women’s tennis maintain winning streak over weekend games

By Thomas Hiley III | March 3, 2013

The women’s tennis team finished the weekend with a 12-1 record after defeating Nebraska-Omaha 7-0, Drake University 4-3 and Central Arkansas 6-1 in Des Moines, Iowa. The Huskies are currently on a nine-game winning streak and have their best record...

Ferrell anxious to see team continue success in spring

By Mike Romor | October 11, 2012

As the fall season nears its end, NIU women’s tennis coach Ryun Ferrell is seeing progress in his program, which has been rapidly rising over the past two seasons. Coming off a bounce-back season, Ferrell is anxious to see what his team can do once...

Women’s tennis finds success with Ferrell

By Mike Romor | October 9, 2012

Building a D-I sports program takes time and patience. NIU women’s tennis coach Ryun Ferrell knows this all too well, as he has slowly but surely built a solid program from the ground up. Now with a team that can hit with the best of the MAC, Ferrell...