March 26, 2014
||#1 Duke 5, #11 Northwestern 2
Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center Durham, N.C.
DURHAM, N.C. - The Northwestern women's tennis team finished a mid-week road trip in North Carolina with a 5-2 loss at the hands of the No. 1-ranked Duke Blue Devils on Wednesday afternoon. The nation's top-ranked team jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Wildcats concluded the match with a couple of third set super-breaker wins.
Lok Sze Leung knocked off 89th-ranked Alyssa Smith at No. 5 singles by a 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 score. Leung won the third-set super-breaker 10-6. The junior transfer from Middlebury is 4-4 in her first season with the NU program.
The `Cats other win came at No. 4 when Manon Peri defeated Rachel Kahan 3-6, 7-6 (6), 1-0. Peri fought her way to a tough 10-8 super-breaker win to claim the match.
At No. 1, Veronica Corning played her second top-five opponent in as many days. Fifth-ranked Beatrice Capra bested Corning 6-3, 6-2. Belinda Niu was defeated by No. 24 Ester Goldfeld 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2.
Duke earned the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 by matching 8-2 scores. Corning and Alicia Barnett fell to the sixth-ranked duo in the nation of Capra and Hanna Mar, while Peri and Nida Hamilton lost to No. 24 Goldfeld and Alyssa Smith. Niu and Maddie Lipp held a 5-4 lead in their match at No. 3, but it was abandoned after the Blue Devils won the first two matches.
With a three-match trek through the Atlantic Coast Conference out of the way, Northwestern will resume Big Ten play over the weekend with two home matches. The Wildcats welcome Ohio State on Saturday and Penn State on Sunday. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
No. 1 - #5 Beatrice Capra (Duke) def. #44 Veronica Corning (NU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 - #24 Ester Goldfeld (Duke) def. #36 Belinda Niu (NU), 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 - #31 Hanna Mar (Duke) def. Alicia Barnett (NU), 6-7 (9), 6-3, 1-0 (8)
No. 4 - Manon Peri (NU) def. Rachel Kahan (Duke), 3-6, 7-6 (6), 1-0 (8)
No. 5 - Lok Sze Leung (NU) def. #89 Alyssa Smith (Duke), 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (6)
No. 6 - Marianne Jodoin (Duke) def. Jillian Rooney (NU), 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 1*, 4, 5, 3
No. 1 - #6 Beatrice Capra / Hanna Mar (Duke) def. #21 Veronica Corning / Alicia Barnett (NU), 8-2
No. 2 - #24 Alyssa Smith / Ester Goldfeld (Duke) def. Nida Hamilton / Manon Peri (NU), 8-2
No. 3 - Belinda Niu / Maddie Lipp (NU) vs. Chalena Scholl / Annie Mulholland (Duke), 5-4 (unfinished)
Order of Finish: 1, 2*
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