Feb. 23, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern got singles wins from Willy Lock (Lima, Peru/Markham College) and Marc Dwyer (Peachtree City, Ga./University of Nebraska-Independent Study H.S.), but the 'Cats fell to the Oklahoma Sooners Friday night, 5-2. Senior Christian Tempke (Wentorf, Germany/Gymnasium LohbrÜgge) battled through injury to play a spirited second set in a loss at No. 1 singles.
The loss drops Northwestern to 5-7 while Oklahoma improves to 5-1.
"It's really disappointing," head coach Paul Torricelli said. "We got off to a bad start in doubles and couldn't capitalize on chances in singles."
Oklahoma took an early lead, capturing the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Dwyer and Alex Sanborn (Houston, Texas/Kinkaid) fell to Vaclav Kucera and Andre Daescu at No. 2, 8-0. At No. 3, Tempke and Juan Gomez (Mexico City, Mexico) were downed by the Sooners' Marek Velicka and Sergey Avdeyev, 8-2.
At No. 1 doubles, Matt Christian (Troy, Mich./Brother Rice) and Lock overcame an early 0-3 deficit to defeat Rob McKenzie and Federico Chavarria, 8-6.
Oklahoma extended their lead with a win at No. 4 singles when the 'Cats' Gomez fell to McKenzie, 6-3, 6-1.
Northwestern got its first point with a win at No. 5 singles when Dwyer claimed a convincing 6-3, 6-3 decision over Oklahoma's Chavarria. After breaking mid-way through the first set, Dwyer reeled off four-straight games to close out the set and start the second before firmly taking control and grabbing the victory.
Battling through injury at No. 1 singles, Tempke showed his heart with a gritty comeback in the second set after dropping the first to Kucera, 6-1. Fighting back from two breaks down in the second set, Tempke forced a tight tiebreak. The senior had a set point at 7-6, but could not hold off Kucera and fell 9-7 in the breaker.
Oklahoma captured the clincher to take a 4-1 lead when the 55th-ranked Daescu topped Christian at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-4.
Lock needed three sets to take his match at No. 2 singles over Velicka, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. In the final match of the night, Sanborn dropped his No. 6 singles match in three sets to Avdeyev, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
The Wildcats return to action at 1 p.m. Sunday against ninth-ranked Notre Dame in South Bend.