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    No. 18 Wildcats Host Trifecta of Weekend Matches

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Chris Jackman has posted a perfect 5-0 record in the dual season at No. 6 singles.
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    Senior Chris Jackman has posted a perfect 5-0 record in the dual season at No. 6 singles.
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    March 8, 2013

    #18 Northwestern (13-4) vs. #33 Nebraska (7-3)
    March 9, 2013 • Noon
    Combe Tennis Center
    Evanston, Ill.

    #18 Northwestern (13-4) vs. Iowa (6-4)
    March 10, 2013 • Noon
    Combe Tennis Center
    Evanston, Ill.

    #18 Northwestern (13-4) vs. Western Illinois (7-11)
    March 10, 2013 • 7 p.m.
    Combe Tennis Center
    Evanston, Ill.

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    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern looks to rebound from a loss against Illinois to open Big Ten play, hosting Nebraska, Iowa and Western Illinois in dual matches this weekend at Combe Tennis Center. The Wildcats welcome the Cornhuskers to Combe for a noon match on Saturday, before a Sunday doubleheader against the Hawkeyes and the Fighting Leathernecks.

    Sunday action against Iowa will get underway at noon, with the nightcap set to begin at 7 p.m.

    Despite their loss against the Illini last weekend, Northwestern (13-4) jumped up two spots in the ITA national rankings to No. 18. Spencer Wolf is the only Wildcat ranked in singles, settling in at No. 120.

    The match against Illinois started off with highly competitive doubles play. Spencer Wolf and Fedor Baev won an 8-6 match to push their dual record at No. 3 to 3-1. However, the Illini defeated Sidarth Balaji and Raleigh Smith at No. 1 - just their second doubles defeat on the year - and took a tiebreak at No. 2 to capture the doubles point. In singles, Raleigh Smith rolled to a straight set win at No. 2 to give him a team leading 12 singles victories in the dual season. Chris Jackman also posted an impressive comeback victory, taking a super tiebreaker to push his unblemished record at No. 6 to 5-0. However, the two wins were not enough as the `Cats ultimately fell, 5-2, to their in-state rivals.

     

     

    Nebraska arrives in Evanston on top of its game, currently riding a six-match winning streak - including four wins over top-75 opponents - after starting the dual season 1-3. The Cornhuskers have slowly climbed up the rankings as a result, coming into the weekend at No. 33. Saturday's match is the Big Ten conference opener for Nebraska.

    The Hawkeyes are riding a different wave than the Cornhuskers, in the midst of a three-match losing skid that was preceded by a six-match winning streak. Like Northwestern, Iowa started its Big Ten slate with a loss to Illinois, which was sandwiched between 5-2 losses to Drake and Dartmouth. The Wildcats can expect some big serves from the Hawkeyes, as four members of the roster are 6' 6'' or taller.

    Western Illinois, members of the Summit League, comes to Evanston on the heels of three losses to Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois and Bradley. The Fighting Leathernecks have stayed consistent all year, never losing or winning more than two matches in a row until dropping three in a row leading up to their Saturday match at Wisconsin. The roster is made up of primarily underclassman, with three freshman and four sophomores to just two juniors and one senior.

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