March 26, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Coming off a road win at UCSB on Wednesday, Northwestern looks to carry momentum into a tough home weekend against No. 36 Notre Dame and No. 40 Indiana on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Saturday's match against the Fighting Irish will start at 12 p.m., but may be played outside at Vandy Christie Tennis Center. Check NUSports.com for the latest news Saturday morning.
Saturday's match is also USTA Campus Kids Day for the 'Cats in which all fans in attendance will receive free pizza during the match.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING IRISH
Notre Dame leads the all-time series with Northwestern, 41-36-1. The Irish have won 10 of the last 11 with the lone Wildcat victory coming in 2003. Last season, the teams clashed on Feb. 19 in Notre Dame in what was NU's first loss of the season. Though Notre Dame jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, Northwestern was able to tie the match at 3-3 before Niall Fitzgerald came through with the match-clinching win at No. 5 singles.
The Fighting Irish are fresh off a semifinal run at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic, defeating Middle Tennessee State and upsetting Fresno State on the way. The doubles point is crucial for both teams as the Irish are 6-1 in duals when winning doubles while the 'Cats are 6-0.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Indiana (9-4, 0-1) had a five-match win streak snapped by Wisconsin in its Big Ten opener Friday afternoon, falling to the Badgers, 5-2. The Hoosiers' two points came at No. 3 and No. 4 singles with wins by Josh MacTaggart and Santiago Gruter, respectively.
Against the 'Cats, the Hoosiers hold the series advantage at 38-35, and IU has come out on top in the last four meetings. Last season's match in Bloomington was a 4-3 decision with the Hoosiers jumping out to an early lead after doubles and holding on for the victory.
Sunday's match will begin at 1 p.m. CT and will be indoors at Combe Tennis Center.
LAST TIME OUT
After jumping out to an early lead, Northwestern saw the UCSB Gauchos storm back to tie the dual at 3-all before freshman Spencer Wolf
(Coral Springs, Fla./Laurel Springs) won the deciding match for the 'Cats in a third set tiebreak at No. 3 singles.