Jan. 12, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern opened its dual season with a 6-1 win over DePaul Friday night at the Combe Tennis Center. The Wildcats took the doubles point with two wins and dropped only one singles match en route to the victory. Senior Willy Lock (Lima, Peru/Markham College), playing No. 1 singles, won his match in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. Freshman Alex Sanborn (Houston, Texas/Kinkaid) won his first collegiate dual match.
The evening started with doubles and the 'Cats took two of the three matches to capture the doubles point. The 27th-ranked pair of Matt Christian (Troy, Mich./Brother Rice) and Lock cruised through their No. 1 doubles match with an 8-2 victory. They broke DePaul's Jose Moncada and Austin Doerner in the first game and won the last four to take the set in convincing fashion.
In the No. 2 doubles match, Christian Tempke (Wentorf, Germany/Gymnasium LohbrÜgge) and Juan Gomez (Mexico City, Mexico) defeated George Wang and Alasdair Graetz of the Blue Demons, 8-5. The pair got an early break and held on for the win to clinch the doubles point.
In the third doubles match, the pair of Alexey Evstratenkov (Moscow, Russia/ Moscow International Gymnasia) and Sanborn fell 8-3 to DePaul's Dan Wilson and Vanja Grgec.
The 'Cats took five matches in the night's singles action. The freshman Sanborn, playing in the No. 5 slot, knocked off Alasdair Graetz in straight-sets 6-4, 6-3, to capture his first collegiate dual win.
In the No. 2 spot, Tempke dominated Austin Doerner 6-0, 6-2. The senior went up 3-0 in the first set and never looked back.
At No. 1, Lock won his match in straight sets over George Wang, 7-5, 6-3, but the match was much closer than the score. The two played nearly ten deuce points with the score 5-3. Lock eventually took the match.
In the No. 3 slot, Christian needed a second-set tiebreaker to defeat Jose Moncada 6-2, 7-6. The senior won the breaker 7-4.
Gomez won two close sets for the straight-set victory over Vanja Grgec 7-5, 7-5. Evstratenkov played two hard-fought sets against Jack Komar, but fell 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) for the 'Cats only loss of the night.
"We had to work very hard to win this dual," head coach Paul Torricelli said. "Arvid (Swan) has done a great job with that program. They made us compete and work hard, something we needed heading into our next match against Louisville."
The 'Cats welcomed DePaul head coach Arvid Swan back to Evanston Friday. Swan served as an assistant for the Wildcats from 2003-06.
The Wildcats return to action Sunday at noon when they host the 29th-ranked Louisville Cardinals at the Combe Tennis Center.