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    'Cats Return Home to Post 5-2 Win Over Nittany Lions

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Mihir Kumar dropped only two games in his singles win.
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    Mihir Kumar dropped only two games in his singles win.
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    April 12, 2013

    Results

    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
    Score: No. 34 Northwestern 5, Penn State 2
    Records: NU (18-7, 4-4 Big Ten), Penn State (8-13, 2-6 Big Ten)
    Next NU Event: Sunday, April 14 - vs. Ohio State (Vandy Christie Tennis Center), Noon

    EVANSTON, Ill. - No. 34 Northwestern made its long-awaited return home a successful one as the Wildcats defeated Penn State 5-2 Friday evening at Combe Tennis Center.

    The contest was NU's first home match since March 10.

    The Wildcats surged out to the early lead thanks to a victory in doubles. The 68th-ranked team of Spencer Wolf and Alex Pasareanu took care of business at the No. 1 spot as they rolled to an 8-3 win. The No. 2 pairing of Raleigh Smith and Mihir Kumar helped Northwestern capture the doubles point with their 8-4 win.

    NU set the tone early in singles play as all six Wildcats won their opening set. Sidarth Balaji was the first 'Cat to finish as he took care of Matt Barry 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 to put the host in front 2-0.

    It didn't take Northwestern much longer to clinch the match as Pasareanu earned a 6-4, 6-2 win over Roman Trkulja at No. 5 before Kumar finished off his dominating performance at the No. 4 spot with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over C.J. Griffin.

    Chris Jackman gave NU one final victory as he continued his winning ways with a 7-6, 6-1 defeat of Ramy Labna at No. 6.

    The Nittany Lions would get on the board after the match was decided as Russell Bader and Tomas Hanzlik rallied for three-set wins at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

     

     

    Northwestern returns to action at noon Sunday as it hosts fifth-ranked Ohio State outdoors at Vandy Christie Tennis Center. In case of inclement weather, the match will be played indoors at Combe Tennis Center.

    #34 Northwestern 5, Penn State 2
    Doubles

    1. #68 Spencer Wolf/Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Russell Bader/Guanhua Chen (PSU) 8-3
    2. Raleigh Smith/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Tomas Hanzlik/Matt Barry (PSU) 8-4
    3. Chris Young/Roman Trkulja (PSU) def. Sidarth Balaji/Chris Jackman (NU) 8-5
    Order of finish: 1, 2*, 3

    Singles
    1. Russell Bader (PSU) def. Spencer Wolf (NU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
    2. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) def. Raleigh Smith (NU) 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 1-0 (11-9)
    3. Sidarth Balaji (NU) def. Matt Barry (PSU) 6-3, 6-2
    4. Mihir Kumar (NU) def. C.J. Griffin (PSU) 6-0, 6-2
    5. Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Roman Trkulja (PSU) 6-4, 6-2
    6. Chris Jackman (NU) def. Ramy Labna (PSU) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
    Order of finish: 3, 5, 4*, 6, 1, 2

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