Feb. 20, 2014
||#8 Northwestern 7, #37 Indiana 0
IU Tennis Center Bloomington, Ind.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Northwestern women's tennis team opened Big Ten play with a bang on Thursday, taking down Indiana 7-0 in Bloomington. The eighth-ranked Wildcats continued their recent dominant play over the Hoosiers. In the last five regular-season meetings NU has outscored IU 33-2.
The `Cats were strong throughout the match, winning the first set in all six singles matches before eventually claiming victory on each court.
At No. 1 singles, Veronica Corning snapped a four-match skid, besting No. 65 Katie Klyczek 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. Corning, the No. 30-ranked player in the nation, has defeated ranked opponents for all five of her wins this season.
Belinda Niu remained undefeated by beating Carolyn Chupa, ranked No. 93, in straight sets 6-1, 6-4. Niu, ranked No. 58, is out to a 6-0 start to the campaign and looks to continue to climb in the polls.
Playing at No. 3, Alicia Barnett also snapped a losing streak, this one of five matches, by knocking off No. 81 Sophie Garre. Barnett won the first set 7-5, dropped the second 6-4, and led in the third 3-0 when Garre retired from the match.
Jillian Rooney, Nida Hamilton and Manon Peri all posted wins for Northwestern as well. Rooney and Peri both needed three sets to set down their respective opponents, while Hamilton claimed victory in straight sets.
In doubles play, the 25th-ranked duo of Veronica Corning and Alicia Barnett cruised past Carolyn Chupa and Katie Klyczek by an 8-3 score at No. 1 doubles. The NU tandem of Maddie Lipp and Nida Hamilton knocked off a ranked opponent in Kayla Fujimoto and Sophie Garre 8-4. Fujimoto and Garre were ranked No. 44.
Northwestern returns home to the Combe Tennis Center on March 1 to continue conference play. The `Cats will host the Purdue Boilermakers at 11 a.m.
No. 1 - #30 Veronica Corning (NU) def. #65 Katie Klyczek (IU), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
No. 2 - #58 Belinda Niu (NU) def. #93 Carolyn Chupa (IU), 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 - Alicia Barnett (NU) #81 Sophie Garre (IU), 7-5, 4-6, 3-0 (retired)
No. 4 - #92 Jillian Rooney (NU) Alecia Kauss (IU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
No. 5 - Nida Hamilton (NU) def. Paula Gutierrez (IU), 6-3, 6-0
No. 6 - Manon Peri (NU) def. Shannon Murdy, 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
Order of Finish: 2, 5, 1*, 6, 3, 4
No. 1 - No. 25 Veronica Corning/Alicia Barnett (NU) def. Carolyn Chupa/Katie Klyczek (IU), 8-3
No. 2 - Maddie Lipp/Nida Hamilton (NU) def. No. 44 Kayla Fujimoto/Sophie Garre (IU), 8-4
No. 3 - Brooke Rischbieth/Belinda Niu (NU) vs. Alecia Kauss/Shannon Murdy (IU), 5-3 (unfinished)
Order of Finish: 2, 1*
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