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    No. 37 Northwestern Handed First Loss By No. 5 Duke

    Raleigh Smith was up a set and a break in his singles contest when the match was abandoned.

    Raleigh Smith was up a set and a break in his singles contest when the match was abandoned.

    Jan. 26, 2013

    Site: Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Tennis Center)
    Score: No. 5 Duke 4, No. 37 Northwestern 0
    Records: NU (6-1), Duke (5-0)
    Next NU Event: Friday, Feb. 1 -- at N.C. State (Raleigh, N.C.), 3:30 p.m. CT

    DURHAM, N.C. -- No. 37 Northwestern saw its run at the ITA Indoor Team Championship come to an end Saturday afternoon as it was handed its first loss of the season by No. 5 Duke, 4-0.

    The Wildcats faced a talented Blue Devils' squad that has all six singles players and all three doubles teams with national rankings.

    Duke captured the doubles point as it got wins at Nos. 1 and 3. At No. 2, the Northwestern duo of Raleigh Smith and Sidarth Balaji was tied 5-5 with 39th-ranked Jason Tahir and Michael Redlicki when the match was abandoned.

    The Blue Devils were then able to notch straight-set victories at Nos. 4, 5 and 6 singles to clinch the match and earn a berth in the tournament's main draw coming up in mid-February in Seattle.

    The Wildcats were getting solid performances from 108th-ranked Smith at No. 2 and Balaji at No. 3 when the three remaining matches were abandoned. Smith led 23rd-ranked Fred Saba 7-5, 2-0, while Balaji surrendered the first set to 14th-ranked Michael Redlicki 6-1 before bouncing back to take the second 6-4.

    Northwestern returns to action and the state of North Carolina on Friday when it takes on N.C. State in Raleigh at 3:30 p.m. CT.

    No. 5 Duke 4, No. 37 Northwestern 0
    1. No. 1 Henrique Cunha / Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. Fedor Baev / Spencer Wolf (NU) 8-3
    2. Sidarth Balaji / Raleigh Smith (NU) vs. No. 39 Jason Tahir / Michael Redlicki (DU) 5-5 (abandoned)
    3. No. 37 Fred Saba / Chris Mengel def. Alex Pasareanu / Mihir Kumar (NU) 8-3
    Order of Finish: 3, 1*



    1. No. 11 Henrique Cunha (DU) led Spencer Wolf (NU) 6-1, 5-2 (abandoned)
    2. No. 108 Raleigh Smith (NU) led No. 23 Fred Saba 7-5, 2-0 (abandoned)
    3. Sidarth Balaji (NU) vs. No. 14 Michael Redlicki (DU) 1-6, 6-4 (abandoned)
    4. No. 43 Chris Mengel (DU) def. Alex Pasareanu (NU) 6-2, 6-2
    5. No. 38 Raphael Hemmeler def. Chris Jackman (NU) 6-1, 6-2
    6. No. 123 Jason Tahir (DU) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-0, 6-4
    Order of Finish: 5, 4, 6*


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