Jan. 20, 2013
Northwestern vs. Louisville Results
Northwestern vs. Chicago State Results
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Score: Northwestern 4, Louisville 1
Northwestern 6, Chicago State 0
Records: No. 41 Northwestern (4-0), No. 34 Louisville (3-1), Chicago State (0-3)
Next NU Event: Tuesday, Jan. 22 - at No. 30 Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.) at 5 p.m. CT
EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 41 Northwestern got in front early, and never let No. 34 Louisville seriously threaten in a 4-1 dual victory Sunday afternoon at Combe Tennis Center, before sweeping Chicago State, 6-0, in the doubleheader nightcap. Against the Cardinals, the Wildcats jumped out to a 3-1 lead, and fought off a resilient Louisville squad that pushed the remaining matches to three sets before Sidarth Balaji clinched the win.
In its first match, Northwestern needed clutch play early to take the critical doubles point. Alex Pasareanu and Mihir Kumar got off to a hot start at No. 3 doubles, quickly pulling away to post an 8-3 victory. At No. 1, Spencer Wolf and Fedor Baev fought back from an early deficit, but eventually fell 8-6 to Albert Wagner and Alex Gornet.
The stunner came at No. 2, where Sidarth Balaji and Raleigh Smith found themselves down two breaks, 6-3. The duo got back both breaks, culminated by a lunging forehand return winner at deuce by Smith to tie the match at 6. With all other action completed, Balaji and Smith capitalized on great crowd support and great momentum to finish up an 8-6 win and give the `Cats a 1-0 lead in the dual.
Northwestern carried the momentum into singles play, with Chris Jackman
overwhelming Luis Elizondo at No. 5, 6-2, 6-1. After falling behind a break early in the first set at No. 1, Spencer Wolf
stormed back against 82nd ranked Sebastian Stiefelmeyer. Wolf took the first set 6-4, and played a dominant second set to pull away for a 6-2 victory and give the `Cats a 3-0 lead.
However, the Cardinals played some inspired tennis to get back in the remaining singles matches. After Fedor Baev fell 6-3, 7-6 (3) in a tightly contested No. 6 contest, the last three matches were pushed to decisive third sets. Sidarth Balaji captured the opening set at No. 3, but Chris Simich fought back to take the second. The senior's experience proved too much for Simich to combat, as Balaji got an early break and held on for a 6-4 win to clinch the dual for NU.
With the match in hand, both coaches agreed to abandon the final two matches. After splitting the first two sets 7-5, 4-6, No. 108 Raleigh Smith was ahead of Albert Wagner 4-0 in the third when play stopped. Alex Pasareanu had taken the second set after dropping the first, and was up 1-0 in the final set at the dual's conclusion.
Against Chicago State, the coaches agreed to start off with singles play. The Wildcats were simply too much for the Cougars, with the hosts overpowering the visitors in all six matchups.
No. 108 Raleigh Smith was the first off the courts at No. 2, taking down Mario Noboa 6-0, 6-0. Alberto Zanotti, playing in his first dual action of 2013, won next at No. 6, 6-1, 6-0. Chris Jackman posted a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 4, quickly followed by Spencer Wolf's win at No. 1, clinching the dual for the Wildcats. Mihir Kumar and Alex Pasareanu closed out convincing wins at No. 5 and No. 3, respectively. With the result decided, the two sides agreed to forgo doubles play.
The `Cats have Monday off before traveling to South Bend, Ind., to take on No. 30 Notre Dame at 5 p.m. CT Tuesday.
Northwestern 4, Louisville 1
1. Wagner/Gornet (UL) def. Wolf/Baev (NU) 8-6
2. Balaji/Smith (NU) def. Stiefelmeyer/Siegel (UL) 8-6
3. Pasareanu/Kumar (NU) def. Elizondo/Damrongsri (UL) 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2*
1. Spencer Wolf (NU) def. No. 82 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (UL) 6-4, 6-2
2. No. 108 Raleigh Smith (NU) unfinished Albert Wagner (UL) 7-5, 4-6, 4-0
3. Sidarth Balaji (NU) def. Chris Simich (UL) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
4. Alex Pasareanu (NU) unfinished Austin Siegel (UL) 6-7 (1), 6-3, 1-0
5. Chris Jackman (NU) def. Luis Elizondo (UL) 6-2, 6-1
6. Alex Gornet (UL) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-3, 7-6 (3)
Order of finish: 5, 1, 6, 3*
Northwestern 6, Chicago State 0
1. Spencer Wolf (NU) def. Sergiu Muresan 6-2, 6-2 (CSU)
2. No. 108 Raleigh Smith (NU) def. Mario Noboa (CSU) 6-0, 6-0
3. Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Julian Chavez 6-1, 6-2 (CSU)
4. Chris Jackman (NU) def. Rashley Yeremia 6-1, 6-1(CSU)
5. Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Jean-Paul Jones (CSU) 6-1, 6-0
6. Alberto Zanotti (NU) def. Luis Ulloa (CSU) 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 2, 6, 4, 1*, 5, 3
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