Feb. 9, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill.. -- No. 30 Northwestern continued their unbeaten streak in Evanston with a 4-0 victory over No. 62 Cornell. NU is four for four in wins at home this season.
The Wildcats traded games with the Big Red at the beginning of doubles competition, but soon pulled ahead with breaks. Freshmen duo Alp Horoz and Sam Shropshire won the first match at No. 2 with a 6-3 victory over Jason Luu and Quoc-Daniel Nguyen. Sophomore Fedor Baev and freshman Strong Kirchheimer soon followed to beat Alex Sidney and Bernardo Casares 6-3 at No. 3 and claim the point for the ‘Cats.
At No. 1, senior Raleigh Smith and sophomore Mihir Kumar were one game away from defeating the No. 40 ranked team Sam Fleck and Chris Vrabel. They led 5-3 at the end of doubles play.
Kumar increased Northwestern’s advantage to 2-0 with an early singles win at No. 3, besting Jason Luu 6-1, 6-1. Baev then finished 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6 over Quoc-Daniel Nguyen to pull the ‘Cats within one of victory. Horoz closed the gap at No. 5 in defeating Vrabel 6-4, 6-3, moving NU to 6-2 on the season.
Smith, Shropshire, and Kirchheimer all had first set victories when the match concluded. Smith had won a tough first set 6-5 against Stefan Vinti, coming out on top 10-8 in the tiebreaker.
Northwestern takes on Western Illinois tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Combe Tennis Center, the third match of this weekend’s home stand.
#30 Northwestern 4, #62 Cornell 0
1. Raleigh Smith / Mihir Kumar (NU) vs. #40 Sam Fleck / Chris Vrabel (COR) 5-3 (unfinished)
2. Sam Shropshire / Alp Horoz (NU) def. Jason Luu / Quoc- Daniel Nguyen (COR) 6-3
3. Fedor Baev / Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Alex Sidney / Bernardo Casares (COR) 6-3
Order of finish: 2, 3*
1. Raleigh Smith
(NU) vs. Stefan Vinti (COR) 6-5 (10-8), 3-1 (unfinished)
2. #114 Sam Shropshire
(NU) vs. Bernardo Casares (COR) 6-4, 4-3 (unfinished)
3. Mihir Kumar
(NU) def. Jason Luu (COR) 6-1, 6-1
4. Strong Kirchheimer
(NU) vs. Alex Sidney (COR) 6-2, 3-2 (unfinished)
5. Alp Horoz
(NU) def. Chris Vrabel (COR) 6-4, 6-3
6. Fedor Baev
(NU) def. Quoc-Daniel Nguyen (COR) 6-2, 6-1 Order of finish:
3, 6, 5*
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