March 1, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. -- After facing a pair of nonconference foes, the Wildcats (5-8, 0-2) are set to resume the Big Ten slate by hosting Wisconsin (7-1, 1-0) at 2 p.m. Saturday. Senior Christian Tempke (Wentorf, Germany/Gymnasium LohbrÜgge) went undefeated in his first weekend of Big Ten competition against Penn State and Michigan.
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Northwestern received singles wins from Willy Lock (Lima, Peru/Markham College) and Marc Dwyer (Peachtree City, Ga./University of Nebraska-Independent Study H.S.), but the 'Cats fell to the Oklahoma Sooners Friday night, 5-2. Tempke battled through injury to play a spirited second set in a loss at No. 1 singles. Oklahoma took an early lead, capturing the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. At No. 1, Matt Christian (Troy, Mich./Brother Rice) and Lock overcame an early 0-3 deficit to defeat Rob McKenzie and Federico Chavarria, 8-6.
Dwyer continued his solid play, forcing a third set at No. 4 singles, but the Wildcats fell to ninth-ranked Notre Dame Sunday, 7-0. Dwyer played the closest singles match of the afternoon, battling Ryan Keckley at No. 4. The sophomore dropped a first-set tiebreaker, but stormed back with a 6-3 win in the second set. With the dual already clinched, the match went to a 10-point tiebreaker. Keckley seized the breaker to win the match 7-6 (8), 3-6, 1-0 (7).
Former Northwestern Wildcat Todd Martin has been selected for induction into the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. Martin helped lead the Wildcats to the Big Ten Championship in 1990 while earning first-team All-America honors. Martin was an accomplished professional, reaching two Grand Slam finals, and helping the U.S. to a Davis Cup title in 1995.
Tempke enjoyed a five-match winning streak from 2/2 to 2/18. He recorded wins over Arkansas' Colin Mascall, Harvard's Ashwin Kumar, Mississippi's 79th-ranked Robbye Poole, Penn State's Michael James and 59th-ranked Brian Hung of Michigan. He played No. 1 singles in NU's first three Big Ten contests.
In the loss to No. 4 Mississippi, the Wildcats handed the Rebels their first two doubles losses of the season. Tempke's three-set win over 79th-ranked Robbye Poole was only the second singles loss for Ole Miss this dual season.