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    Northwestern Bests Valparaiso, 6-1

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Alp Horoz won both his doubles and singles matches with ease.
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    Freshman Alp Horoz won both his doubles and singles matches with ease.
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    Results

    Feb. 23, 2014

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The ‘Cats beat Valparaiso Sunday night to finish a busy non-conference weekend and a winning Sunday. No. 29 Northwestern improves to 10-4 on the season and 7-1 at home.

    Northwestern took the doubles point to get on the board early. The freshmen duo of Sam Shropshire and Alp Horoz halted a three-match losing slide in winning 8-2 at No. 2. Freshman Strong Kirchheimer and sophomore Fedor Baev then secured the point at No. 3 with a 8-4 victory.

    Horoz increased the Wildcat advantage at No. 6 in singles, cruising to an early 6-0, 6-1 win over Lucas Waak. Kirchheimer then put the ‘Cats within one of clinching the victory in defeating Michael Savaglio 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3.

    Baev sealed the win for Northwestern at No. 5, where he beat Kyle Dunn 6-3, 6-4. With the match decided, play finished out at numbers 1, 2, and 4.

    No. 81 Shropshire met a fellow talented freshman in Jeffrey Schorsch, who ultimately prevailed at No. 1 in a tough three-set battle 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to put Valpo on the board.

    Kumar added another point for the ‘Cats at No. 2, marking his third straight singles win of the weekend. After a very even contest, Kumar was able to maintain the late break to win 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 over Dave Bacalla. It was his third straight singles win

    To finish the night, junior Alex Pasareanu defeated Eric Honert 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) at No. 4, thus securing the winning margin of 6-1 for NU.

    The ‘Cats have one more non-conference game at Louisville on Friday at 3 p.m. They then return next Sunday to Evanston to open Big Ten conference play against Illinois at 3 p.m.


     

     

    #29 Northwestern 6, Valparaiso 1
    Doubles Results
    1. Raleigh Smith / Mihir Kumar (NU) vs. Dave Bacalla / Daniel Oakes (VALPO) 5-4 (unfinished)
    2. Sam Shropshire / Alp Horoz (NU) def. Jeffrey Schorsch / Michael Baiocchi (VALPO) 8-2
    3. Fedor Baev / Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Eric Honert / Lucas Waak (VALPO) 8-4
    Order of finish: 2, 3*

    Singles Results
    1. Jeffrey Schorsch (VALPO) def. #81 Sam Shropshire (NU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
    2. Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Dave Bacalla (VALPO) 7-6 (7-1), 6-4
    3. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Michael Savaglio (VALPO) 6-4, 6-2
    4. Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Eric Honert (VALPO) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
    5. Fedor Baev (NU) def. Kyle Dunn (VALPO) 6-3, 6-4
    6. Alp Horoz (NU) def. Lucas Waak (VALPO) 6-0, 6-1
    Order of finish: 6, 3, 5*, 1, 2, 4

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