Feb. 16, 2014
||#18 Baylor 5, #7 Northwestern 2
Hurd Tennis Center Waco, Texas
WACO, Texas - Northwestern concluded a split road trip to the state of Texas after a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Baylor Bears on Sunday afternoon. The loss came a day after NU beat Texas by a 5-2 margin.
The outcome was never in doubt for the 18th-ranked Bears as they jumped out to a 4-0 advantage before the Wildcats notched two singles wins at the end of the match.
The loss is the `Cats third of the season with all three coming against teams ranked in the top-20 of the ITA national rankings.
Belinda Niu continued her stellar play with a victory at No. 2 singles over Ema Burgic. Niu, ranked No. 58 nationally, won the first set 6-2 and led in the second set 3-2 before Burgic retired from the match. The win improves Niu's 2014 record to 5-0. Including tour play, she has won nine singles matches in a row.
NU earned the second point at No. 6 singles when Nida Hamilton defeated Megan Horter 7-5, 6-4. Hamilton also remained undefeated on the year for the Wildcats, advancing to 3-0.
Northwestern won the first doubles match of the afternoon at No. 3 as Niu and Brooke Rischbieth won 8-3 over Kiah Generette and Makenzie Craft to improve their season record to 4-1. However, Baylor responded by winning narrowly at No. 1 and No. 2 to claim the doubles point.
The `Cats have a quick turnaround to their next match, traveling to Bloomington, Ind. to take on the Indiana Hoosiers in the first Big Ten match of the season on Thursday, Feb. 20. The match is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
#1 No. 59 Kiah Generette (BU) def. No. 30 Veronica Corning (NU) 7-5, 6-2
#2. No. 58 Belinda Niu (NU) def. Ema Burgic (BU) 6-2, 3-2, retired
#3. Victoria Kisialeva (BU) def. Alicia Barnett (NU) 7-5, 6-3
#4. Jordaan Sanford (BU) def. No. 92 Jillian Rooney (NU) 6-2, 7-5
#5. Blair Shankle (BU) def. No. 109 Lok Sze Leung (NU) 6-0, 7-5
#6. Nida Hamilton (NU) def. Megan Horter (BU) 7-5, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 3*, 2, 6, 4
#1. Victoria Kisialeva / Blair Shankle (BU) def. No. 25 Veronica Corning / Alicia Barnett (NU) 8-7 (6)
#2. Alex Leatu / Jordaan Sanford (BU) def. No. 57 Nida Hamilton / Maddie Lipp (NU) 8-6
#3. Brooke Rischbieth / Belinda Niu (NU) def. Kiah Generette / Makenzie Craft (BU) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2*
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