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    No. 20 Wildcats Fall to No. 17 Illini 5-2 in Big Ten Opener

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Raleigh Smith was a straight-set winner at No. 2 singles.
    Raleigh Smith was a straight-set winner at No. 2 singles.

    March 2, 2013


    Site: Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
    Score: #17 Illinois 5, #20 Northwestern 2
    Records: NU (13-4, 0-1 Big Ten), Illinois (6-3, 2-0 Big Ten)
    Next NU Event: Saturday, March 9 - vs. Nebraska (Combe Tennis Center), Noon

    URBANA, Ill. -- No. 20 Northwestern was edged for the doubles point and came up short in the match, dropping its Big Ten opener at No. 17 Illinois Saturday evening.

    The Wildcats claimed the first double match to finish at No. 3 as the pairing of Spencer Wolf and Fedor Baev defeated Stephen Hoh and Jared Hiltzik, 8-6. Illinois was able to even things up with an 8-6 victory of its own at No. 1, leaving things up to the No. 2 match.

    Mihir Kumar and Alex Pasareanu took the team of Alex Jesse and Farris Gosea to a tiebreaker, but the Illini duo was able to pull it out (7-3) for the 9-8 win to take the doubles point.

    Illinois was able to clinch the match victory with singles wins at Nos. 5, 1 and 3. Raleigh Smith got Northwestern on the board at No. 2 as he rolled to a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Stephen Hoh.

    NU also earned a point at No. 6 where Chris Jackman won his match in a third-set tiebreaker, rallying 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4).

    Northwestern returns to action at noon Saturday, March 9 as it opens a busy weekend by taking on Nebraska at Combe Tennis Center.

    1. Tim Kopinski / Ross Guignon (ILL) def. Sidarth Balaji / Raleigh Smith (NU) 8-6
    2. Alex Jesse / Farris Gosea (ILL) def. Mihir Kumar / Alex Pasareanu (NU) 9-8 (7-3)
    3. Spencer Wolf / Fedor Baev (NW) def. Stephen Hoh / Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 8-6
    Order of Finish: 3,1,2*



    1. #37 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #120 Spencer Wolf (NU) 6-3, 6-4
    2. Raleigh Smith (NU) def. Stephen Hoh (ILL) 6-2, 6-4
    3. #113 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Sidarth Balaji (NU) 6-3, 6-3
    4. #118 Ross Guignon (ILL) def. Mihir Kumar (NU) 6-2, 6-2
    5. Farris Gosea (ILL) def. Alex Pasareanu (NU) 6-2, 6-1
    6. Chris Jackman (NU) def. Brian Page (ILL) 4-6, 6-3, 10-4
    Order of Finish: 5,1,3*,4,6


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