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Feb. 11, 2005
EVANSTON, Ill. -
After dropping the first five games of her match, sophomore Alexis Prousis (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) stormed back to upset 33rd-ranked Megan Moulton-Levy of William & Mary today, helping the fifth-ranked Wildcats defeat the 26th-ranked Tribe, 5-2.
Northwestern improves to 6-1 overall, while handing William & Mary (3-1) its first loss of the season.
Prousis was hurting early on, having dropped the first five games of the match. As if to say, 'Not in my house' though, the Lake Forest, Ill. native fought back and won the next five games to tie the set. She won two more to polish the set off, 7-5.
Moulton-Levy battled back to win the second set 6-4.
By that time though, Northwestern had already clinched its sixth victory of the year on the strength of a straight-set victory from freshman Alexis Conill (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons).
Nevertheless, Prousis and Moulton-Levy treated the crowd to some brilliant tennis. The two moved to a third-set tiebreaker where Prousis eventually came out on top with a 10-8 win, improving her singles record to 5-2.
"Once I started getting back in that match, I felt pretty good," Prousis said. "That's just the nature of our whole team. We're a tough team that is going to fight to the end."
Prousis won in doubles, as well. She teamed with senior Kristi Roemer (Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont) for an 8-4 win at the No. 2 doubles position. It was the duo's team-leading fifth win.
The nation's top-ranked doubles duo -- freshman Audra Cohen (Epsom, England/Putney) and junior Cristelle Grier (Epsom, England/Putney) -- continued to get back on track after dropping a pair of matches last week. The tandem defeated Boomershine and Fuchs 8-5 with little trouble.
Cohen and Grier also claimed singles victories at the No. 1 and 2 spots, respectively. Each improved their season record to a team-best 6-2.
Conill improved her singles record to 3-1 with a win over a familiar foe: former former high school teammate, Lingda Yang. Yang, a junior at William & Mary, was a senior at Cardinal Gibbons High School when Conill was a sophomore there.
"You can't really think about who you're playing out there," Conill said. "I've known Lingda for a while, but you still just have to go out and try and play the same way you always do."
The 'Cats will take a day off Saturday before traveling to Wisconsin for both teams' Big Ten opener at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 13.
Northwestern, 5, William & Mary 2
No. 1 - #1 Cohen/Grier (NU) def. Boomershine/Fuchs (WM), 8-5
No. 2 - Prousis/Roemer (NU) def. Wei/Muth (WM), 8-4
No. 3 - Moulton-Levy/Sherbakov (WM) def. Peisel/Vladea (NU), 8-3
No. 1 - #1 Audra Cohen (NU) def. #36 Megan Muth (WM), 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 - #4 Cristelle Grier (NU) def. Candice Fuchs (WM), 6-2, 6-4
No. 3 - #49 Alexis Prousis (NU) def. #33 Megan Moulton-Levy (WM), 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (8)
No. 4 - Lena Sherbakov (WM) def. Valerie Vladea (NU), 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (8)
No. 5 - Amy Wei (WM) def. Jamie Peisel (NU), 6-0, 3-6, 6-0
No. 6 - Alexis Conill (NU) def. Lingda Yang (WM), 6-3, 6-2 (clincher)
Order of finish: D1, D2, D3
S1, S2, S6, S5, S3, S4