Jan. 26, 2014
#15 Northwestern 4, #26 Arizona State 0
Combe Tennis Center Evanston, Ill.
EVANSTON, Ill. - The Northwestern women's tennis team clinched a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships with a 4-0 win over No. 26 Arizona State on Sunday afternoon. The championships will be held Feb. 7-10 in Charlottesville, Virginia and feature 16 of the top teams in the nation.
The 4-0 shutout was the `Cats second of the weekend after beating Oklahoma State by the same score Saturday afternoon. NU lost just one set in 12 singles matches over the course of the weekend.
The first singles point of the afternoon for the Wildcats was earned by Alicia Barnett at No. 3 when she beat Leighann Sahagun 6-2, 6-3.
Veronica Corning continued her stellar play by beating another top-60 opponent Sunday. At No. 1 singles, Corning took down No. 50 Stephanie Vlad 6-3, 6-2 in a brilliant display of tennis.
The match was clinched by Manon Peri at No. 6 singles. Peri defeated Alex Osborne 6-3, 6-1. Northwestern held leads in the other three singles matches played by Belinda Niu, Lok Sze Leung and Jillian Rooney before they were abandoned at the end of the dual.
NU was given all they could handle by Arizona State in doubles play, but the `Cats fought through the tough matches to claim the doubles point. At No. 1, Corning and Barnett, ranked No. 35 by the ITA, surged past Sahagun and Joanna Smith late in the match to win 6-4. In the No. 2 doubles match, Nida Hamilton and Maddie Lipp fought back from a deficit to force a 6-6 tiebreaker, where they came out on top 7-6 (4). That match clinched the point for Northwestern so match No. 3 featuring Niu and Brooke Rischbieth was aborted in a 5-5 tie.
The Wildcats are back in action on Sunday, Feb. 2 when they welcome the 16th-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores to Evanston. That match will begin at 11 a.m. and be played in the Combe Tennis Center.
#1 - Veronica Corning (Northwestern) def. No. 50 Stephanie Vlad (Arizona State) 6-3, 6-2
#2 - No. 105 Belinda Niu (Northwestern) vs. No. 91 Desirae Krawczyk (Arizona State) 6-2, 2-1 (unfinished)
#3 - Alicia Barnett (Northwestern) def. Leighann Sahagun (Arizona State) 6-2, 6-3
#4 - Lok Sze Leung (Northwestern) vs. Ebony Panoho (Arizona State) 7-5, 3-0 (unfinished)
#5 - Jillian Rooney (Northwestern) vs. Kassidy Jump (Arizona State) 6-3, 4-6 (unfinished)
#6 - Manon Peri (Northwestern) def. Alexandra Osborne (Arizona State) 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 6*
#1 - No. 35 Veronica Corning / Alicia Barnett (Northwestern) def. Leighann Sahagun / Joanna Smith (Arizona State) 6-4
#2 - Maddie Lipp / Nida Hamilton (Northwestern) def. Ebony Panoho / Stephanie Vlad (Arizona State) 7-6 (4)
#3 - Belinda Niu / Brooke Rischbieth (Northwestern) vs. Desirae Krawczyk / Kassidy Jump (Arizona State) 5-5 (unfinished)
Order of Finish: 1, 2*
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