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    Northwestern Posts Two Victories in Season-Opening Doubleheader

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Chris Jackman was a winner in both singles and doubles against Ball State.
    Chris Jackman was a winner in both singles and doubles against Ball State.

    Jan. 13, 2013

    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
    Score: Northwestern 6, Ball State 1
    Northwestern 5, Western Michigan 2
    Records: NU (2-0), Ball State (0-1), Western Michigan (1-1)
    Next NU Event: Sunday, January 20 - vs. Louisville, 1 p.m.

    Northwestern vs. Ball State Results
    Northwestern vs. Western Michigan Results

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern men's tennis team opened up the spring dual season with a pair of convincing wins over Ball State and Western Michigan Sunday at the Combe Tennis Center. After clinching the doubles point against Ball State, NU took all six opening sets in singles and closed out the rest of their victories in straight sets for a 6-1 final. The 'Cats kept their momentum into the evening, clinching the match at 4-0 before ultimately posting a 5-2 win.

    Northwestern got off to a quick start against Ball State with the help of Chris Jackman and Alex Pasareanu at No. 3 doubles, who dispatched of Austin Sansone and Alex Brym 8-3. With the remaining two matches tightly contested, Sidarth Balaji and Raleigh Smith ultimately captured the doubles point for NU, overtaking Cliff Morrison and Pat Elliott, 7-1, in a tiebreaker. Spencer Wolf was serving for the match alongside Fedor Baev at 7-6, 40-15 when their No. 1 doubles match was halted.

    With the doubles point in hand, Northwestern used their momentum to take the opening set in all six singles matches. Sidarth Balaji was the first Wildcat to close out his match, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 3 singles. Mihar Kumar finished shortly thereafter, overcoming Patrick Elliott 6-2, 6-4 to give the `Cats a 3-0 lead.

    After taking a tightly contested first set at 6-4, Alex Pasareanu fell behind to Alex Brym 3-0 in the second at No. 4 singles. However, Pasareanu regained his composure and roared back to take the second set 6-4 and clinch the dual victory for Northwestern.



    Just minutes after Pasareanu closed out his match, Chris Jackman posted a victory at No. 5 singles. Jackman raced out to a fast start, taking the opening set 6-0 in under 25 minutes, but he had to fend off Austin Smith in the second to post a 7-5 win. At No. 1 singles, Raleigh Smith was not far behind, taking down Ray Leonard in two closely contested sets, 6-2, 6-3.

    Spencer Wolf took the opening set of his No. 2 singles match against Cliff Morrison before Morrison fought back to win the second. With the dual result decided, the singles match was abandoned at 6-2, 3-6, 1-1.

    Taking on Western Michigan in the nightcap, Northwestern got on the board first scoring a very competitive doubles point. Spencer Wolf and Fedor Baev fell at No.1 doubles, 8-5, but Alex Pasareanu and Mihir Kumar closed out a victory at No. 3 just minutes later, 8-4. At No. 2, Raleigh Smith and Sidarth Balaji found themselves in holes of 4-1 and 6-4. After breaking and holding to tie the match at 6, the duo scored another break before Balaji closed out the match on his serve, 8-6, handing Northwestern the doubles point.

    Fedor Baev kept the Wildcats rolling into singles play, dispatching Andrew Cahn 6-2, 6-4. Sidarth Balaji was not far behind in his match at No. 3, distancing himself from Ruben Greiner for a 6-3, 6-2 win.

    For the second match in a row, Alex Pasareanu clinched the dual victory for Northwestern. At No. 4 singles, the sophomore came out on top in a close first set, 7-5, before pulling away from Pablo Mora Toro 6-1 in the second.

    With the match decided, Chris Jackman fell in two extremely close sets, and Spencer Wolf dropped a super-tiebreak after he and Nadin Indre split the opening two sets at No. 1 singles. Raleigh Smith completed the action with a 10-8 super-tiebreak victory over Ross VanderPloeg after they each won a set 6-2.

    Northwestern returns to action next weekend with another doubleheader at the Combe Tennis Center. The Wildcats welcome Louisville for a 1 p.m. tilt before taking on Chicago State at 7:30 p.m.

    Northwestern vs. Ball State
    1. Wolf/Baev vs. Albertin/Leonard 7-6, 40-15 (abandoned)
    2. Balaji/Smith def. Morrison/Elliott 8-7 (7-1)
    3. Jackman/Pasareanu def. Sansone/Brym 8-3
    Order of finish: 3, 2*, 1

    1. No. 108 Raleigh Smith def. Ray Leonard 6-2, 6-3
    2. Spencer Wolf vs. Cliff Morrison 6-2, 3-6, 1-1 (withdrew)
    3. Sidarth Balaji def. Dalton Albertin 6-1, 6-3
    4. Alex Pasareanu def. Alexandre Brym 6-4, 6-4
    5. Chris Jackman def. Austin Smith 6-0, 7-5
    6. Mihir Kumar def. Patrick Elliott 6-2, 6-4
    Order of finish: 3, 6, 4*, 5, 1, 2

    Northwestern vs. Western Michigan
    1.Greiner/Indre (WMU) def. Baev/Wolf (NU) - 8-5
    2.Balaji/Smith (NU) def. VanderPloeg/Cahn (WMU) - 8-6
    3.Pasareanu/Kumar (NU) def. Shideler/Mora (WMU) - 8-4
    Order of finish: 1, 3, 2*

    1.Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Spencer Wolf (NU) 5-7, 6-3, (10-8)
    2. No. 108 Raleigh Smith (NU) def. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) 6-2, 2-6, (10-8)
    3. Sidarth Balaji (NU) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU) 6-3, 6-2
    4. Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Pablo Mora Toro (WMU) 7-5, 6-1
    5.Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Chris Jackman (NU) 7-5, 6-3
    6. Fedor Baev (NU) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-2, 6-4
    Order of finish: 6, 3, 4*, 5, 1, 2


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