Feb. 7, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill.. -- The `Cats started their busy weekend with a win as No. 30 Northwestern beat Rice 4-0 in a contest that took less than two hours. NU has yet to give up a point to their opponents at home this season and remain undefeated in Evanston.
Northwestern started strong in doubles play, taking the first few games in each match. The Owls battled back to tie or pull within 1, but Northwestern powered through to win the point. At No. 1, Senior Raleigh Smith and sophomore Mihir Kumar won their match 6-2, and freshmen Sam Shropshire and Alp Horoz finished 6-3 at No. 2 less than a minute later.
In singles competition, Horoz finished first in defeating Zach Yablon 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6, and sophomore Fedor Baev soon followed with a victory over David Warren 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5. Smith dropped only one set in beating Srikar Allen at No. 1, triumphing 6-0, 6-1 to clinch the win for Northwestern.
Kumar was one game from a victory at No. 3, as he led Max Andrews 6-1, 5-3 when the match was decided. Meanwhile, Shropshire at No. 2 and Kirchheimer at No. 4 engaged in much closer matches. Shropshire had dropped his first set 6-5 to Tommy Bennett, and Kirchheimer was fighting in a first set tiebreaker against Adam Gustafsson.
Up next, Northwestern hosts a double-header on Sunday at the Combe Tennis Center. The `Cats face No. 62 Cornell at 11 a.m. and Western Illinois at 5:30 p.m.
#30 Northwestern 4, Rice 0 Doubles Results
1. Raleigh Smith
/ Mihir Kumar
(NU) def. Tommy Bennett / David Warren (RICE) 6-2
2. Sam Shropshire
/ Alp Horoz
(NU) def. Leif Berger / Srikar Alla (RICE) 6-3
3. Fedor Baev
/ Strong Kirchheimer
(NU) vs. Adam Gustafsson / Max Andrews (RICE) 5-3 (unfinished) Order of finish:
1. Raleigh Smith (NU) def. Srikar Alla (RICE) 6-0, 6-1
2. Tommy Bennett (RICE) vs. Sam Shropshire 6-5, 1-0 (unfinished)
3. Mihir Kumar (NU) vs. Max Andrews (RICE) 6-1, 5-3 (unfinished)
4. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) vs. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 5-5 (unfinished)
5. Fedor Baev (NU) def. David Warren (RICE) 6-3, 6-1
6. Alp Horoz (NU) def. Zach Yablon (RICE) 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 5, 1*
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