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    'Cats Continue Stellar Play at Virginia Winter Invite

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Head coach Claire Pollard's squad dominated No. 34 Utah on Sunday.
    Head coach Claire Pollard's squad dominated No. 34 Utah on Sunday.

    Jan. 20, 2013

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Northwestern's women's tennis continued its strong start to the Virginia Winter Invitational on Sunday as the 13th-ranked Wildcats squared off against No. 34 Utah.

    One day after winning six of seven singles matches as well as an upset win at No. 1 doubles, the 'Cats won all three doubles matches and five of six matches against the Utes.

    Ranked 42nd, the No. 1 doubles team of Nida Hamilton and Linda Abu Mushrefova pulled off its second upset in as many days, defeating the 23rd-ranked duo of Paige Miles and Tereza Bekerova, 8-7. Veronica Corning and Alicia Barnett paired to post an 8-5 win at No. 2, while Belinda Niu and Kate Turvy were victorious, 8-4, at No. 3.

    After defeating the fourth-ranked player in the nation on Saturday, Turvy defeated another ranked foe on Sunday, besting No. 72 Tereza Bekerova, 6-3, 6-2. Corning worked three sets at No. 3 in defeating 123rd-ranked Callie Craig, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

    The 'Cats were also victorious at No. 4 where Alicia Barnett notched a 6-2, 6-1 win, No. 5 where Hamilton won 6-4, 6-3 and No. 6 where Abu Mushrefova earned a 6-1, 6-3 victory.

    Northwestern concludes action at the UVa Winter Invite on Monday when it squares off against No. 23 Tennessee.

    1. No. 42 Nida Hamilton / Linda Abu Mushrefova (NU) def. No. 23 Paige Miles / Tereza Bekerova (Utah) 8-7
    2. Veronica Corning / Alicia Barnett (NU) def. Natasha Smith / Elena Najera-Salas (Utah) 8-5
    3. Belinda Niu / Kate Turvy (NU) def. Callie Craig / Sarah Pham (Utah) 8-4



    1. No. 67 Kate Turvy (NU) def. No. 72 Tereza Bekerova (Utah) 6-3, 6-2
    2. No. 103 Sarah Pham (Utah) def. Belinda Niu (NU) 7-5, 6-4
    2. Veronica Corning (NU) vs. No. 123 Callie Craig (Utah) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
    4. Alicia Barnett (NU) def. Elena Najera-Salas (Utah) 6-2, 6-1
    5. Nida Hamilton (NU) def. Lucia Kovarcikova (Utah) 6-4, 6-3
    6. Linda Abu Mushrefova (NU) def. Paige Miles (Utah) 6-1, 6-3


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