March 21, 2014
||#9 Northwestern 7, #26 Georgia Tech 0
Combe Tennis Center Evanston, Ill.
EVANSTON, Ill. - Veronica Corning and Alicia Barnett teamed up to knock off the 2nd-ranked doubles team in the country, and Northwestern rolled to a 7-0 victory over Georgia Tech Friday night at the Combe Tennis Center.
Corning and Barnett, ranked No. 47, defeated Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey 8-3 to clinch the ever-important doubles point for the `Cats. NU is 8-0 when it wins the first point of the match.
Belinda Niu and Manon Peri started the night with a dominant 8-0 shutout of Rasheeda McAdoo and Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer at No. 3 before the Corning and Barnett win at No. 1 that ultimately gave NU the early 1-0 lead.
Lok Sze Leung started singles play with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 6 over Anton-Ohlmeyer. Leung snapped a two-match losing streak with the win. Niu followed with a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 2 over Woodard to extend her winning streak to 13 straight matches. Niu is 9-0 in the dual season. Corning clinched the overall match for the Wildcats with a 6-2, 7-5 victory at No. 1 over Natasha Prokhnevska.
With the team win already in hand, Barnett fought her way to a win at No. 3 over Kurey. Barnett took the first set handily, 6-2, before winning the second 7-6 (4). After a 1-5 start to the season, she has now won four in a row. Seconds later, Nida Hamilton locked up victory at No. 5, 6-1, 7-5, over Muriel Wacker. Hamilton remains undefeated, moving to 6-0 with the win. Playing at No. 4, Peri overcame a first set loss, winning the second and forcing a third set super-breaker. Peri worked her way to a 10-7 victory in the breaker to give NU a 7-0 shutout of the Yellow Jackets.
Northwestern will embark on a mid-week road trip to the Tar Heel State, matching up against No. 10 North Carolina on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. The `Cats will then face the nation's top-ranked team in Duke on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
No. 1 - #36 Veronica Corning (NU) def. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT), 6-2, 7-5
No. 2 - #32 Belinda Niu (NU) def. Kendal Woodard (GT), 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 - Alicia Barnett (NU) def. Megan Kurey (GT), 6-2, 7-6 (4)
No. 4 - Manon Peri (NU) def. Rasheeda McAdoo (GT), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7)
No. 5 - Nida Hamilton (NU) def. Muriel Wacker (GT), 6-1, 7-5
No. 6 - Lok Sze Leung (NU) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT), 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 1*, 3, 5, 4
No. 1 - #47 Veronica Corning / Alicia Barnett (NU) def. #2 Kendal Woodard / Megan Kurey (GT), 8-3
No. 2 - Natasha Prokhnevska / Muriel Wacker (GT) def. #62 Nida Hamilton / Maddie Lipp (NU), 8-3
No. 3 - Manon Peri / Belinda Niu (NU) vs. Rasheeda McAdoo / Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT), 8-0
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1*
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