April 11, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern returns to action in Evanston for the first time in five weeks as the Wildcats host Penn State on Friday and Ohio State on Sunday.
Friday's contest gets underway at 6 p.m. at Combe Tennis Center, while Sunday's action is slated to begin outdoors at Vandy Christie Tennis Center at noon.
The Wildcats have played their last four matches on the road, including a pair of matches in the Great Lakes State last weekend. NU dropped a 5-2 decision at then-No. 49 Michigan State on Saturday before falling 6-1 at then-No. 34 Michigan on Sunday.
Sidarth Balaji and Chris Jackman posted singles wins against the Spartans. The doubles team of Spencer Wolf and Alex Pasareanu pulled off an upset win over the Wolverines' 12th-ranked duo of Evan King and Shaun Bernstein, while Raleigh Smith notched a win in singles action.
Wolf and Pasareanu are ranked No. 68 in doubles in this week's ITA rankings. NU is ranked No. 34 as a team this week.
Following this weekend's action, Northwestern has just one more home match this season as it faces Purdue at 1:30 p.m. next Friday.
Penn State brings an 8-12 overall record and a 2-5 conference mark into Friday's matchup. The Nittany Lions won their most recent match, posting a 4-2 home triumph over Wisconsin last Sunday. Matt Berry sports a team-best 11-5 record in dual meet action, including a 9-1 mark at the No. 6 spot. Russell Bader is 14-6 while playing primarily at the Nos. 3 and 4 positions.
Ohio State (24-2, 7-0 Big Ten) competes at Illinois on Friday before taking on the Wildcats. The fifth-ranked Buckeyes' stacked lineup features five ranked individuals while all three of their doubles teams boast a national ranking. Peter Kobelt is ranked No. 6 in singles and Blaz Rola is No. 9. The doubles team of Kobelt and Connor Smith is No. 16. OSU entered play this weekend having won each of its last 14 matches, including shutting out nine of those opponents with the other five managing just one point.
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