Jan. 24, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. -- In the first-ever meeting between the two schools, Northwestern shut out IUPUI, 7-0, in the first of two Saturday duals for the 'Cats at Combe Tennis Center. NU won all nine matches and took every singles match in straight sets.
Northwestern started off the dual by dispatching the Jaguars in doubles in convincing fashion. At No. 2, Peter Rispoli (Naples, Fla./St. Stephen's (Texas)) and Andrew McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill) swept the IUPUI pair of Gregory Sosa and Taylor Tunis, 8-0, in just 22 minutes.
Freshman Eric Spector (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) and senior Philip Kafka (Dallas, Texas/Greenhill) clinched the doubles point for the 'Cats with an 8-2 victory at No. 3 over the Jags' E.J. Dechow and Jorge Yunes. Alex Sanborn (Houston, Texas/Kinkaid) and Joshua Graves (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet) completed the doubles sweep with an 8-3 win at No. 1.
The 'Cats' momentum continued as no Wildcat allowed more than four games in a set en route to six straight-set victories.
NU went up 2-0 with Spector's dismantling of Jaguar E.J. Dechow at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-0. The freshman sealed the victory with a half-volley drop shot winter on match point.
At No. 5, McCarthy posted a 6-2, 6-0 victory over IUPUI's Jorge Yunes. McCarthy held easily the entire match thanks to a punishing serve; match point was more of the same as a powerful serve to the Yunes forehand forced an error to claim the match.
Freshman Graves clinched the dual for the Wildcats with a service winner in his 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 4 singles over Bren Vasalakis.
Kafka and Alexander Thams (Stockholm, Sweden/Enskilda Gymnasiet) posted identical 6-2, 6-4 victories in their matches at No. 6 and No. 1 singles, respectively.
Thams cruised through the first set before facing stiff resistance from the Jags' Sosa in the second set. The two players exchanged breaks midway through the second set before Thams secured the match by breaking Sosa's serve while leading 5-4.
The last match on the courts was Sanborn's match at No. 2 against IUPUI's Daniel Klingenberg. Both sets of the 6-4, 6-4 victory were tightly contested. As Sanborn served for the match, one rally ended with the Jaguar flat on the court on his stomach after slipping while reaching for a forehand.
The Wildcats next face Western Illinois at 6 p.m. at Combe Tennis Center in the second match of their Saturday doubleheader.