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    Northwestern Edges Boise State 5-2 in Season Opener

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Raleigh Smith upset Boise State's #54 Andy Bettles at the No. 1 spot.
    Senior Raleigh Smith upset Boise State's #54 Andy Bettles at the No. 1 spot.


    Jan. 17, 2014

    Site: Boise, Idaho (Boise Racquet and Swim Club)
    Score: Northwestern 5, Boise State 2
    Records: NU (1-0), Boise State (1-1)
    Next NU Event: Sunday, Jan. 19 - vs. William & Mary (Combe Tennis Center), noon; vs. Chicago State (Combe Tennis Center), 7:30 p.m.

    BOISE, Idaho -- After several close matches, No. 32 Northwestern began the 2014 dual meet season with a 5-2 victory over No. 46 Boise State on Friday.

    The Wildcats met tough competition in doubles, ultimately going 1-2 and losing the point to the Broncos. Freshmen Alp Horoz and Konrad Zieba teamed up at the No. 2 spot and won the first match 6-4. Sophomore Mihir Kumar and freshman Sam Shropshire played at No. 1, but fell 6-5. Freshman Strong Kirchheimer and senior Raleigh Smith competed at No.3, and also lost in a close contest 6-5.

    In singles play, Kirchheimer made quick work of his opponent Toby Mitchell, finishing at No. 6 with a 6-0, 6-3 victory. At the No. 5 spot, junior Alex Pasareanu fell to Brendan McClain 6-1, 6-4 to even the score 1-1, but Kumar put the Wildcats back on top with a 6-4, 6-5 vwin over Garrett Patton at No. 4.

    At No. 1, Smith pushed Northwestern to a 3-1 lead when he upset #54 Andy Bettles 6-5, 6-3. Shropshire, ranked No. 114, clinched the Wildcat victory at No. 3, where he edged Thomas Tenreiro 5-6, 6-5, 6-3. To conclude the match, Zieba ground out another close, three-set win over Nathan Sereke at No. 2, winning 5-6, 6-5, 6-5.



    The `Cats return home on Sunday, when they host a doubleheader against William and Mary at noon, and Chicago State at 7:30 p.m.

    #32 Northwestern 5, #46 Boise State 2
    1. Garrett Patton/Brendan McClain (BSU) def. Mihir Kumar/Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-5
    2. Alp Horoz/Konrad Zieba (NU) def. Andy Bettles/Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) 6-4
    3. Toby Mitchell/Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. Strong Kirchheimer/Raleigh Smith (NU) 6-5
    Order of finish:  2, 1, 3*

    1. Raleigh Smith (NU) def. #54 Andy Bettles (BSU) 6-5, 6-3
    2. Konrad Zieba (NU) def. Nathan Sereke (BSU) 5-6, 6-5, 6-5
    3. #114 Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) 5-6, 6-5, 6-3
    4. Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Garrett Patton (BSU) 6-4, 6-5
    5. Brendan McClain (BSU) def. Alex Pasareanu 6-1, 6-4
    6. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Toby Mitchell (BSU) 6-0, 6-2
    Order of finish: 6, 5, 4, 1, 3*, 2


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