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    Wildcats Storm to Big Ten Tournament Semifinals

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Sam Shropshire won both his doubles and singles matches in the victory over Purdue.
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    Freshman Sam Shropshire won both his doubles and singles matches in the victory over Purdue.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Apr. 25, 2014

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    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- No. 32 and fifth-seeded Northwestern achieved its second straight shut-out win at the Big Ten Tournament Friday morning, besting No. 34 and fourth-seeded Purdue 4-0 in the quarterfinals. The victory avenges a narrow 4-3 loss against the Boilermakers during the regular season.

    Now 21-9 on the season, the `Cats have won nine dual matches in a row, the last four of which have been shut-outs. This will be NU's first appearance in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals since 2005.

    Doubles competition took three contests to decide, but the `Cats came out on top to go up 1-0. Freshman Sam Shropshire and junior Alex Pasareanu defeated 73rd-ranked Szymon Tatarczyk and Ricky Medinilla 8-5 at No. 2, but the Boilermaker duo of Aaron Dujovne and Diego Acosta responded with an 8-4 win over 28th-ranked senior Raleigh Smith and sophomore Mihir Kumar at No. 1.

    In the deciding match at No. 3, sophomore Fedor Baev and Strong Kirchheimer powered to an 8-5 victory over their Purdue opponents to secure the NU point. The pair has now won six consecutive doubles matches.

    In singles play, No. 46 and First-Team All-Big Ten selection Smith increased the Wildcat lead to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Szymon Tatarczyk at No. 1. Kumar added another point in defeating Aaron Dujovne 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4.

    Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-Big Ten selection Shropshire then closed out the match at No. 2. Ranked No. 120 in the nation, Shropshire beat Ricky Medinilla 6-1, 7-5 to claim his thirteenth straight singles win, and punch Northwestern's ticket to the semifinals.

    The `Cats will face top-seeded and No. 2 in the nation Ohio State Saturday morning at 9 a.m. CT. Eighth-seeded Michigan State threatened the Buckeyes in their quarterfinal match, but OSU was able to claim the 4-2 victory. Northwestern took a close 4-3 loss against Ohio State during the regular season.

    For more information on the tournament, visit the tournament page.

    #32 Northwestern 4, #34 Purdue 0
    Doubles Results
    1. Aaron Dujovne / Diego Acosta (PUR) def. #28 Raleigh Smith / Mihir Kumar (NU) 8-4
    2. Sam Shropshire / Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. #73 Szymon Tatarczyk / Ricky Medinilla (PUR) 8-5
    3. Fedor Baev / Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Mateus Silva / Mark Kovacs (PUR) 8-5
    Order of finish: 3, 1, 2*

    Singles Results
    1. #46 Raleigh Smith (NU) def. Szymon Tatarczyk (PUR) 6-2, 6-3
    2. #120 Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Ricky Medinilla (PUR) 6-1, 7-5
    3. Mark Kovacs (PUR) vs. Konrad Zieba (NU) 2-0 (unfinished)
    4. Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Aaron Dujovne (PUR) 6-2, 6-2
    5. Diego Acosta (PUR) vs. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-6 (unfinished)
    6. Mateus Silva (PUR) vs. Alex Pasareanu (NU) (unfinished)
    Order of finish: 1, 4, 2*

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