This weekend at NIU Athletics: April 22

The women’s golf and men’s tennis teams will compete in the Mid-American Conference Championships this weekend

Wes Sanderson

Redshirt senior tennis player Kristopher Ortega runs during a match against Binghamton University April 1 at DeKalb.

Women’s Golf:

The conclusion of the women’s golf team’s conference season came with the start of the MAC Championships on Friday in Toledo, Ohio at the Stone Oak Country Club Course.

“We are very excited for the MAC Championships,” head coach Kim Kester said in a press release from NIU Athletics. “We are starting to perform better and make more birdies; things are going in the right direction. If we just put together three big rounds, at all levels, from start to finish, we’ll come back with this championship and that’s what we’re looking forward to the most.

Four Huskies will start for the team in championship competition with two alternates also in attendance for later rounds. The starting golfers are senior Caroline Klemp and Sofia Gomez Enriquez, junior Ahra Ko and second Jasmine Ly, and the two substitutes are freshman Jóhanna Lúðvíksdóttir and second Emily Romancew.

Men’s Tennis:

The NIU men’s tennis team will compete in the Mid-American Conference Championships this weekend in Kalamazoo, Michigan, starting with a matchup against top seed Western Michigan University in the semifinals. at 9 a.m. Saturday. The final round of MAC men’s tennis will take place Sunday at noon.

Junior Oliver Valentinsson and sophomore Mikael Vollbach led the team in singles matches while the duo of Valentinsson and redshirt senior Kristopher Ortega led the team in doubles wins.

The Huskies are the fourth seed in the conference and are 11-10 overall and MAC 5-5 on the season.

Men’s Golf:

The NIU men’s golf team will compete in the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate Saturday and Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. The event is hosted by The Ohio State University and will take place on the Columbus Country Club golf course.

Women’s tennis:

The Huskie women’s tennis team will have two home matches against two different MAC opponents this weekend. The first game will be against Ball State University at 1 p.m. Friday, followed by a game against Western Michigan University at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

The team has an overall record of 15-11 and a MAC record of 2-6.

Senior tennis players Fernanda Naves and Christy Robinson were recognized as the MAC Doubles Pair of the Week last week.


The NIU track team will compete in the Musco Twilight competition on Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa. The event is hosted by the University of Iowa.


The NIU baseball team will have a home series this weekend against Ball State University. Friday’s game has been rescheduled to Monday, so the series will begin with a doubleheader starting at noon Saturday followed by noon matches Sunday and Monday. NIU is currently 7-27 overall for the season and 6-12 in the Mid-American Conference.

Soft ball :

The NIU softball team travels to Athens, Ohio this weekend to take on Ohio University in a three-game MAC series. Play will begin with a doubleheader starting at noon Saturday followed by a singles match at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Huskies are 11-22 overall and a 5-12 conference record this season so far.