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    NU Advances to Quarterfinals With 4-1 Win Over Iowa

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Sidarth Bajlaji helped NU advance with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles.
    Sidarth Bajlaji helped NU advance with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles.

    April 25, 2013


    Site: Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
    Score: No. 37 Northwestern 4, Iowa 1
    Records: NU (21-8), Iowa (7-17)
    Next NU Event: Friday, April 26 - vs. Illinois, Big Ten Tournament (Columbus, Ohio), 11 a.m. CT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Fifth-seeded Northwestern fell behind early but responded to take down 12th-seeded Iowa 4-1 in opening-round action at the 2013 Big Ten Men's Tennis Tournament Thursday afternoon.

    The Wildcats advance to take on fourth-seeded Illinois in the tournament quarterfinal round at 11 a.m. Central time Friday.

    NU was forced to rally back against the Hawkeyes after Iowa won the final two doubles matches in play to take the doubles point. The Wildcats got off to a good start at No. 3 as Chris Jackman and Sidarth Balaji defeated Michael Swank and Joey White 8-4.

    However, Matt Hagan and Garret Dunn knocked off Spencer Wolf and Alex Pasareanu 8-5 at No. 1 before Jonas Dierckx and Juan Estensorro defeated Mihir Kumar and Raleigh Smith by the same score at No. 2, putting Iowa in front.

    Northwestern came out playing with a purpose in singles play, though. Wolf and Jackman both cruised to 6-0 first-set wins at Nos. 1 and 6, respectively, while Smith (No. 2) and Kumar (No. 4) each only dropped one game as the Wildcats won the opening set at all six spots.

    Jackman, who led the Wildcats with a 9-2 singles record in conference play, continued his domination of Andres Estenssoro in the second set as he didn't surrender a game again, pulling NU even in the match.



    Balaji's 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 3 then put Northwestern in front 2-1. Smith, who dominated his first set, trailed 3-1 in the second against Dunn but bounced back to win the final five games, finishing off a 6-1, 6-3 win and bringing the Wildcats within one match of the victory.

    Like Smith, Wolf also fell behind a break early in his second set but he completed a 6-0, 6-4 win against Dierckx that allowed NU to advance in the tournament.

    #5 Northwestern 4, #12 Iowa 1

    1. Spencer Wolf (NU) def. Jonas Dierckx (IOWA) 6-0, 6-4
    2. #87 Raleigh Smith (NU) def. Garret Dunn (IOWA) 6-1, 6-3
    3. Sidarth Balaji (NU) def. Matt Hagan (IOWA) 6-2, 6-2
    4. Juan Estensorro (IOWA) led Mihir Kumar (UN) 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (unfinished)
    5. Alex Pasareanu (NU) led Michael Swank (IOWA) 7-6, 4-0 (unfinished)
    6. Chris Jackman (NU) def. Andres Estenssoro (IOWA) 6-0, 6-0
    Order of finish: 6, 3, 2, 1*

    1. Matt Hagan/Garret Dunn (IOWA) def. Spencer Wolf/Alex Pasareanu (NU) 8-5
    2. Jonas Dierckx/Juan Estensorro (IOWA) def. Mihir Kumar/Raleigh Smith (NU) 8-5
    3. Chris Jackman/Sidarth Balaji (NU) def. Michael Swank/Joey White (IOWA) 8-4
    Order of finish: 3, 1, 2*


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