Feb. 22, 2013
#41 Northwestern (11-3) vs. #53 Denver (3-3)
Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 5 p.m. CT
#41 Northwestern vs. #69 New Mexico (5-5)
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 Noon CT
Linda Estes Tennis Complex
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern's 41st-ranked men's tennis team heads west this weekend as the Wildcats play at Denver on Friday before heading to Albuquerque to take on New Mexico on Sunday.
Friday's match gets underway at 5 p.m. Central time, while Sunday's contest begins at noon Central.
The Wildcats (11-3) dropped eight spots in this week's ITA team rankings despite winning both of their matches last week, including a 4-3 victory over then-No. 43 Middle Tennessee State on Sunday. NU followed it up with a 4-0 win over UIC later that same day.
Northwestern dropped the double point against the Blue Raiders, but got victories from Raleigh Smith, Sidarth Balaji, Alex Pasareanu and Chris Jackman in singles play to earn the match win. Against the Flames, the 'Cats cruised to the doubles win before Smith, Balaji and Mihir Kumar ended the contest with their wins in singles action.
Balaji sports the top singles record so far this season at 15-2, including 11-1 in dual meet action. He has also posted a 13-1 doubles record alongside Smith.
Denver (3-3) enters Friday's matchup with a No. 53 ITA team ranking despite falling 5-1 at BYU in its most recent match last Saturday. The Pioneers are paced by Enej Bonin who is ranked No. 47 in singles while Fabio Biasion comes in at No. 123. The doubles pair of Bonin and Max Kammer is also ranked No. 43.
New Mexico (5-5) is ranked No. 69 as a team this week by the ITA. The Lobos won a tight 4-3 decision at Arizona last Saturday. Samir Iftikhar is the lone New Mexico singles play ranked, coming in at No. 116. The Lobos have a perfect 4-0 home record so far this season as opposed to 1-5 away from Albuquerque.
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