NIU Women’s Tennis Hosts Huskie Fall Indoor Invitational This Weekend

Story Links Tournament Draws Live Score DeKALB, Illinois — The Northern Illinois University women’s tennis team is hosting the NIU Huskie Fall Indoor Invitational this weekend at the Nelson Tennis Center at Chick Evans Field House, with action starting at 9 a.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 28 -30 October. Athletes from NIU, St. Thomas, Lewis and Chicago State will compete in a “hidden dual” format in singles with one main doubles. Lineups and results for the tournament can be found HERE on the ITA website (wearecollegetennis.com). The general public is welcome and admission is free. “We are excited to play a tournament here at home,” said NIU head coach Eric Burns. “We hope to get some fans to the team. We are ready to go. We had a great week of training. We had energy every day and everyone worked hard. I think we are ready for a good tournament I hope we come out and play like we’ve been practicing.” The competition on Friday and Saturday opens in the morning with doubles, followed by singles. NIU will play Chicago State in singles on Friday, St. Thomas on Saturday and Lewis on Sunday, although there will be additional games with Huskie players throughout the weekend. Burns said the fall tournaments were a good opportunity to gauge the team’s readiness and prepare for the double competition season this spring. I think we are learning a lot, especially with so many new players,” said Burns. “We are learning that we are a close team, we have a lot of potential and there are still some things we want to get. better at, especially in doubles. We’ve been working to find combinations. We have such a great team, it’s imperative that we give everyone a chance to get opportunities. Everyone should play a few games in this tournament.” The Huskies showed their strength in singles last weekend at the ITA Midwest Regional in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Erika Dimitriev, Isabella Righi and Anastasia Rakita each won the first round of singles Rakita won her match in the second round and joined Huskie teammate Diana Lukyanova in the main draw, where both were unable to progress past the first round. Reagan Welch and Righi also each took consolation wins during the tournament.” was great for us to win some rounds here and there and even get some wins as consolation [at the ITA Regional]said Burns. “There were even some good losses, we played against all the Big Ten opponents on the last day and we had some positive results, so it will be interesting to see what happens as we move forward. We’re quite interchangeable in places so it’s exciting to continue the work and see us develop this fall.” Righi, a freshman from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, leads all Huskies with a 5-2 record while playing in two tournaments this fall, while Welch is 4-2 — NIU — Twitter: @NIUAthletics Facebook: NIU Huskies Instagram: niuhuskies YouTube: NIU Athletics

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