Mar. 9, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The ‘Cats surged back from an early doubles deficit to win all six singles matches and triumph 6-1 over No. 57 Indiana. The win snaps a recent stretch of three tough losses and gives No. 24 Northwestern its first Big Ten victory. NU is now 1-2 in conference play and 11-7 overall.
The match did not start auspiciously as Northwestern’s doubles troubles continued. Indiana claimed the first point with wins at No. 1 and 2 to take the lead. Sophomore Fedor Baev and freshman Strong Kirchheimer were leading 7-3 at No. 3, one point away from victory when the match was abandoned.
The Hoosiers’ advantage was short-lived, however, as the ‘Cats regained momentum and won every singles match. To start, No. 44 Raleigh Smith nearly blanked No. 53 Sam Monette 6-0, 6-1 at No.1, and Baev followed in similar fashion by winning 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5.
After a rough string of matches, sophomore Mihir Kumar returned to his winning ways with a 6-2, 6-4 victory in the third slot, and Kirchheimer clinched the NU victory by beating Daniel Bednarczyk 7-5, 6-3 at No. 4.
The remaining contests finished out even with the overall match decided. No. 85 Sam Shropshire took down Sven Lalic 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the second position, and junior Alex Pasareanu closed out with a tiebreaker win 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-4) at No. 6.
The ‘Cats face UIC tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Combe Tennis Center, which will be the last match before a three week break for exams and spring vacation.
#24 Northwestern 6, #57 Indiana 1 Doubles Results
1. Sam Monette / Daniel Bednarczyk (IU) def. #21 Raleigh Smith
/ Mihir Kumar
2. Dimitrije Tasic / Sven Lalic (IU) def. Sam Shorpshire / Alp Horoz
3. Fedor Baev
/ Strong Kirchheimer
(NU) vs. Chris Essick / Stefan Lugonjic (IU) 7-3 (unfinished) Order of finish:
1. #44 Raleigh Smith (NU) def. #53 Sam Monette (IU) 6-0, 6-1
2. #85 Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Sven Lalic (IU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
3. Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Dimitrije Tasic (IU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Daniel Bednarczyk (IU) 7-5, 6-3
5. Fedor Baev (NU) def. Elliott Yee (IU) 6-0, 6-2
6. Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Stefan Lugonjic (IU) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-4)
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 3, 4*, 2, 6
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