The 2012-13 academic year was a memorable one for Northwestern. Over the next several weeks, we will celebrate the conference championships, noteworthy wins and significant milestones that the Wildcats accumulated during the past year. Be sure to follow along at NUsports.com as we revisit the top 20 moments.
|Moment No. 9
|Date||April 28, 2013|
|Location||IU Tennis Center | Bloomington, Ind.|
|Original Story||NU Claims 15th-Straight Big Ten Title With 4-1 Win Over Michigan|
|Social Media||@NUWildcatTennis | Northwestern Women's Tennis|
|Top 20 Countdown||Northwestern's Top 20 Moments of 2012-13 Countdown|
Death, taxes and Northwestern Women's Tennis winning a Big Ten title.
For the 15th-consecutive season, the Wildcats claimed a conference crown when they took down Indiana, Nebraska and Michigan to capture the Big Ten tournament championship in Bloomington, Ind.
Head coach Claire Pollard's squad entered the tournament as a rare underdog as a pair of tight 4-3 losses to Michigan and Nebraska during the regular season meant the Wildcats would be the No. 3 seed. Following a 4-0 opening-round win over host Indiana, Northwestern avenged its loss to the second-seeded Cornhuskers by taking them down 4-1 to advance to the championship match.
The 'Cats wouldn't be denied by top-seeded Michigan in the matchup for the title. NU pulled off the always-crucial victory in doubles to surge in front before the Wolverines evened things up with a win at No. 1 singles. However, wins by Kate Turvy and Nida Hamilton set things up for Linda Abu Mushrefova who completed a perfect 14-0 season against Big Ten singles opponents by disposing of Brooke Bolender in three sets at the No. 4 spot, earning Northwestern its 14th Big Ten tournament title in 15 years.
The Wildcats would go on to win a 10th-straight NCAA regional title -- defeating UIC and Baylor -- before being eliminated by Miami (Fla.) 4-3 in a thriller in the round of 16.