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    No. 40 Vanderbilt Slips By No. 33 Northwestern, 4-3

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Spencer Wolf worked three sets in taking down No. 20 Gonzales Austin.
    Spencer Wolf worked three sets in taking down No. 20 Gonzales Austin.

    Feb. 8, 2013


    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
    Score: No. 40 Vanderbilt 4, No. 33 Northwestern 3
    Records: NU (8-2), Vanderbilt (5-2)
    Next NU Event: Saturday, Feb. 9 - vs. Harvard (Combe Tennis Center), 1 p.m.

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Spencer Wolf pulled off an upset win at No. 1 singles, but 33rd-ranked Northwestern was edged by No. 40 Vanderbilt 4-3 at Combe Tennis Center on Friday.

    Vanderbilt was able to jump in front by capturing the doubles point. The Wildcats were the victors in the first match to finish at No. 1 as Sidarth Balaji and Raleigh Smith outlasted the team of Ryan Lipman and Rhys Johnson, 8-6.

    The Commodores evened things with an 8-5 win at No. 3 before squelching an NU rally in the decisive match at No. 2 as Spencer Wolf and Fedor Baev came up just short against Gonzales Austin and Suresh Eswaran, 8-6.

    In singles action, Balaji evened the match with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 victory over Rhys Johnson at No. 3. Vanderbilt soon regained the lead in the match when 114th-ranked Kris Yee defeated Fedor Baev at No. 6, 6-3, 6-3.

    The dual continued to see-saw back and forth when Alex Pasareanu was able to finish off Jeff Offerdahl in straight sets at No. 4 by a score of 6-2, 7-6 to even the match at two apiece.

    The lone matchup of two ranked players came at No. 2 where 17th-ranked Ryan Lipman managed to get by No. 108 Raleigh Smith 6-4, 6-4, bringing the visitors within one match of the win.

    Wolf knotted the match again at 3-3 when he outlasted No. 20 Gonzales Austin in three sets, winning 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.



    The last remaining match was at No. 5, but unfortunately for Northwestern, Marc van der Merwe was able to hold off Chris Jackman 6-3, 7-5 to give Vanderbilt the victory.

    NU continues its busy weekend on Saturday as it hosts Harvard at 1 p.m. before squaring off against Valparaiso at 7:30.

    #40 Vanderbilt 4, #33 Northwestern 3

    1. Sidarth Balaji / Raleigh Smith (NU) def. Ryan Lipman / Rhys Johnson (VU) 8-5
    2. Gonzales Austin / Suresh Eswaran (VU) def. Spencer Wolf / Fedor Baev (NU) 8-6
    3. Jeff Offerdahl / Marc va der Merwe (VU) def. Mihir Kumar / Alex Pasareanu (NU) 8-5
    Order of finish: 1, 3, 2*

    1. Spencer Wolf (NU) def. #20 Gonzales Austin (VU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
    2. #17 Ryan Lipman (VU) def. #108 Raleigh Smith (NU) 6-4, 6-4
    3. Sidarth Balaji (NU) def. Rhys Johnson (VU) 6-4, 6-3
    4. Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Jeff Offerdahl (VU) 6-2, 7-6
    5. Marc van der Merwe (VU) def. Chris Jackman 6-3, 7-5
    6. #114 Kris Yee (VU) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-3, 6-3
    Order of finish: 3, 6, 4, 1, 2, 5*


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