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    NU Eases Past Rival Illinois, 7-0

    March 8, 2014


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    Northwestern #8 Northwestern 7, #36 Illinois 0
    Atkins Tennis Center • Urbana, Ill.

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    Illinois Fighting Illini

    URBANA, Ill. - Northwestern moved to 3-0 in conference play with a shutout of in-state rival Illinois on Saturday. The eighth-ranked Wildcats won every singles match in straight sets on their way to a 7-0 victory over the Illini at the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana.

    Belinda Niu increased her dual record to 8-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2 over Melissa Kopinski. Veronica Corning followed that up with a 6-2, 6-3 win of her own over Allison Falkin at No. 1. Nida Hamilton clinched the team's win with a victory at No. 6 over Jerricka Boone 6-3, 6-1.

    The younger players in the Northwestern lineup continued the `Cats dominance on Saturday. Freshman Jillian Rooney defeated Misia Kedzierski at No. 5 by a 6-3, 6-3 score, while classmate Manon Peri took down Louise Kwong 7-5, (5), 6-2 at No. 4. Junior Alicia Barnett completed the shutout with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 over Alexis Casati.

    Clinching the doubles point continues to mean victories for NU. The `Cats are 8-0 in 2014 when winning the first point. Corning and Barnett made quick work of Kopinski and Casati, claiming an 8-2 victory at No. 1. Niu and Brooke Rischbieth clinched the point for Northwestern by beating Falkin and Boone at No. 3 by an 8-5 score.

    The Wildcats will take a break from Big Ten play when they host Georgia Tech on Friday, March 21. The match, which will be played in the Combe Tennis Center, is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

    No. 1 - #49 Veronica Corning (NU) def. Allison Falkin (ILL), 6-2, 6-3
    No. 2 - #37 Belinda Niu (NU) def. Melissa Kopinski (ILL), 6-2, 6-1
    No. 3 - Alicia Barnett (NU) def. Alexis Casati (ILL), 6-4, 6-2
    No. 4 - Manon Peri (NU) def. Louise Kwong (ILL), 7-5 (5), 6-2
    No. 5 - #110 Jillian Rooney (NU) def. Misia Kedzierski (ILL), 6-3, 6-3
    No. 6 - Nida Hamilton (NU) def. Jerricka Boone (ILL), 6-3, 6-1
    Order of Finish: 2, 1, 6*, 5, 4, 3

    No. 1 - #30 Veronica Corning/Alicia Barnett (NU) def. Melissa Kopinski/Alexis Casati (ILL), 8-2
    No. 2 - Misia Kedzierski/Louise Kwong (ILL) def. #44 Nida Hamilton/Maddie Lipp (NU), 8-3
    No. 3 - Brooke Rischbieth/Belinda Niu (NU) vs. Allison Falkin/Jerricka Boone (ILL), 8-5
    Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3*


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