Jan. 25, 2014
||#15 Northwestern 4, #29 Oklahoma State 0
Combe Tennis Center Evanston, Ill.
EVANSTON, Ill. - No. 15 Northwestern made quick work of visiting Oklahoma State in a match that lasted less than two hours. In the first game of the ITA Kickoff Weekend, the Wildcats shut out No. 29 OSU 4-0.
Playing at No. 1 singles, Veronica Corninghad a tremendous match against Kanyapat Narattana, the No. 59 ranked player in the nation. Corning knocked off Narattana 6-1, 6-1 in the match that would prove to be the clincher for Northwestern.
Lok Sze Leungcontinued her hot streak on Saturday, cruising through her opponent, Karyn Guttormsen, at No. 4 singles. Leung hadn't lost a set in her last six matches, and that streak continued against the Cowgirls. Leung notched a 6-0, 6-1 victory for the quickest match of the day.
Freshman Jillian Rooneyfell behind in her match at No. 6 singles to Maria Alvarez 2-1 in the first set. Rooney didn't allow Alvarez on the board after that point, playing to a 6-2, 6-0 win.
The remaining three singles matches were aborted, but NU held large leads in all three. No. 105 Belinda Niu was up on Viktoriya Lushkova 6-3, 2-1 when her match was called. Alicia Barnett led Megan McCray 6-2, 4-3 and Manon Periheld a 6-2, 4-2 lead over Carla Tur Mari.
In doubles play, Niu and Brooke Rischbieth teamed up at No. 3 to defeat Guttormsen and Alvarez 6-1. Maddie Lipp and Nida Hamiltonknocked off Lushkova and Katarina Adamovic 6-3, while the No. 35 ranked duo in the country of Corning and Barnett had their match aborted against Narattana and Tur Mari.
The 'Cats will face No. 26 Arizona State on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Sun Devils beat Notre Dame Saturday evening 4-0 to advance to Sunday's final match. The winner Sunday afternoon will earn a trip to Charlottesville, Va. for the ITA Team Indoor Championships.
#1 - Veronica Corning (Northwestern) def. No. 59 Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) 6-1, 6-1
#2 - Belinda Niu (Northwestern) vs. Viktoriya Lushkova (OSU) 6-3, 2-1 (unfinished)
#3 - Alicia Barnett (Northwestern) vs. Megan McCray (OSU) 6-2, 4-3 (unfinished)
#4 - Lok Sze Leung (Northwestern) def. Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) 6-0, 6-1
#5 - Manon Peri (Northwestern) vs. Carla Tur Mari (OSU) 6-2, 4-2 (unfinished)
#6 - Jillian Rooney (Northwestern) def. Maria Alvarez (OSU) 6-2, 6-0
Order of Finish: 4, 6, 1*
#1 - No. 35 Veronica Corning/Alicia Barnett (Northwestern) vs. Kanyapat Narattana/Carla Tur Mari (OSU) 5-4 (unfinished)
#2 - Maddie Lipp/Nida Hamilton (Northwestern) def. Viktoriya Lushkova/Katarina Adamovic (OSU) 6-3
#3 - Belinda Niu/Brooke Rischbieth (Northwestern) def. Karyn Guttormsen/Maria Alvarez (OSU) 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2*
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