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    Wildcats Shoot for Victories Against Pair of Cardinals

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Juan Gomez has started the dual season 2-0 with straight-set victories against UIC and Chicago.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Senior Juan Gomez has started the dual season 2-0 with straight-set victories against UIC and Chicago.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Jan. 17, 2008

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Head coach Arvid Swan and the men's tennis team hit the road for the first time this season to take on a pair of Cardinals, with a visit to Louisville on Friday, then on to Ball State Sunday.

    The Wildcats' first matches of the year turned into 4-0 and 6-1 routs over Illinois-Chicago and Chicago. Against UIC, NU swept the doubles, took three quick singles victories and then the match was stopped due to the later match that same day. In the evening, NU again swept the doubles and then dropped only two sets in singles, which resulted in the one loss.

    Graduate student Alexander Thams (Stockholm, Sweden/Enskilda Gymnasiet), who just recently joined the team, was instantly inserted into the lineup and picked up a victory on Sunday. In doubles he partnered with freshman Peter Rispoli (Naples, Fla./St. Stephen's (Texas)). The pair is 2-0 this season.

    Junior Marc Dwyer (Peachtree City, Ga./University of Nebraska-Independent Study H.S.) also played his first matches of the year on Sunday and like Thams, enjoyed instant success. Dwyer clinched the win for the Wildcats in the first match against UIC and then beat Garrett Brinker 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 1 singles spot against Chicago.

    Louisville has yet to play a dual this season, but boasts the No. 36 player in the nation in freshman Austen Childs. Childs is 10-4 this season, but does not own the best record on the team -- that honor belongs to fellow freshman Alejandro Calligari, who is 11-3. Both doubles teams of Tim Barnoud/Morten Sivertsen and Pablo Camacho/Viktor Maksimcuk are 4-1.

    Ball State hosts Illinois for its first dual of the season before Northwestern comes to town Sunday.