Feb. 15, 2014
||#7 Northwestern 5, #17 Texas 2
Penick-Allison Tennis Center Austin, Texas
AUSTIN, Texas - The Northwestern women's tennis team knocked off its third top-20 opponent of the 2014 season with a 5-2 victory at Texas on Saturday. The Wildcats swept doubles play and claimed four of six singles matches to beat the 17th-ranked Longhorns in convincing fashion.
At No. 2 singles, Belinda Niu moved her season record to 4-0 with a narrow 6-4, 7-6 (2) over 77th-ranked Ratnika Batra. The win is Niu's second over a ranked opponent in 2014.
Northwestern was very strong in singles matches four, five and six. No. 92 Jillian Rooney cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 4 over Neda Koprcina. Lok Sze Leung, ranked No. 109, fought through a tough first set to claim her match over Lina Padegimaite 7-6 (4), 6-2. Nida Hamilton eased past Pippa Horn 6-0, 6-2 in her match at No. 6 singles.
The doubles point was claimed when Hamilton and Maddie Lipp, playing at No. 2, defeated Elizabeth Begley and Horn in a very close 8-7 (6) match. The `Cats No. 25 ranked tandem of Veronica Corning and Alicia Barnett captured an 8-6 victory over Breaunna Addison and Koprcina. In the third match, Niu and Brooke Rischbieth handed Batra and Padegimaite an 8-4 defeat.
Northwestern is back in action on Sunday when it travels north to Waco, Texas to take on the No. 18 Baylor Bears at 1 p.m. Live scoring for the match can be found here.
#1 No. 24 Breaunna Addison (UT) def. No. 30 Veronica Corning (NU) - 6-3, 6-2
#2. No. 58 Belinda Niu (NU) def. No. 77 Ratnika Batra (UT) - 6-4, 7-6 (2)
#3. Elizabeth Begley (UT) def. Alicia Barnett (NU) - 7-6 (6), 7-5
#4. #92 Jillian Rooney (NU) def. Neda Koprcina (UT) - 6-2, 6-1
#5. No. 109 Lok Sze Leung (NU) def. Lina Padegimaite (UT) - 7-6 (4), 6-2
#6. Nida Hamilton (NU) def. Pippa Horn (UT) - 6-0, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4, 6, 1, 3, 5*, 2
#1. No. 25 Alicia Barnett/ Veronica Corning (NU) def. Breaunna Addison/Neda Koprcina (UT): 8-6
#2. Nida Hamilton/Maddie Lipp (NU) def. Elizabeth Begley/Pippa Horn (UT): 8-7 (6)
#3. Belinda Niu/Brooke Rischbieth (NU) def. Ratnika Batra/Lina Padegimaite (UT): 8-4
Order of Finish: 1, 2*, 3
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