March 21, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Looking to build off its 4-3 win over Wisconsin earlier this month, the Wildcats head to Orange Beach, Ala., to face 18th-ranked South Alabama at 1 p.m. Friday. Senior Willy Lock (Lima, Peru/Markham College) is 8-6 in singles and won the clincher over the Badgers for the 'Cats' first Big Ten win.
Senior Christian Tempke (Wentorf, Germany/Gymnasium LobrÜgge) is ranked 97th in the latest ITA poll and is 7-7 in singles. Lock and senior Matt Christian (Troy, Mich./Brother Rice) are the nation's 54th-ranked doubles tandem.
The Jaguars boast two ranked players in 41st-ranked Marek Sramek and 48th-ranked Dias Doskarayev.
Last Time Out
Behind the groundstrokes of Lock, Northwestern claimed its first Big Ten victory of the year and ended its five-dual losing streak with a 4-3 upset of No. 35 Wisconsin.
With the dual even at three apiece, Lock stepped up for the 'Cats, winning his match at No. 1 singles 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-4 over the Badgers' Nolan Polley. The senior responded with the entire crowd watching, breaking Polley at 1-1 in the third set with no other matches left on the courts. Lock then held serve for the remainder of the third set to give the Wildcats the dual.
The 'Cats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in search of their first Big Ten victory, taking a hard-fought doubles point, a point which would prove to be the difference, away from the Badgers.
Wildcat seniors Lock and Christian came through in the clutch, upsetting the Badgers' 23rd-ranked pair of Polley and Moritz Baumann to claim the doubles point. After holding serve to take an 8-7 lead, the 'Cats fell behind 0-30 in the next game before mounting a rally to even the game at 30. A Lock lob gave the Wildcats match point, and a Christian return forced a Badger error to give the Wildcats the match and the doubles point.
Former Wildcat Selected For Induction Into ITA Hall of Fame
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 a 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.
Martin will become the fifth player or coach to represent Northwestern in the Hall of Fame. Coaches Paul Bennett and Clare Riessen were inducted in 1984 and 1992, respectively. Former players Martin Riessen and Clark Graebner were inducted in 1989 and 1991, respectively.
Although he spent only two seasons at Northwestern, Martin was one of the most dominant players to ever play for the Wildcats. During his time at NU, he qualified for the NCAA Tournament in both singles and doubles, while earning first-team All-America honors.
The 1990 Big Ten Player of the Year, Martin twice earned all-conference honors (1989 and 1990) and was the Big Ten Singles champion in 1990. He helped lead the Wildcats to a Big Ten Championship in 1990 and their first berth in the elite 16-team NCAA Tournament.
As a professional, Martin emerged as one of the world's top players during the 1990's. For most of his professional career, Martin was the highest-ranked ATP player to have ever attended college and played collegiate tennis.