March 30, 2014
||#11 Northwestern 7, Penn State 0
Combe Tennis Center Evanston, Ill.
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern rolled to a 7-0 victory over Penn State on Sunday at the Combe Tennis Center, keeping the Wildcats undefeated all-time against the Nittany Lions. NU has recorded three shutouts in five Big Ten matches this season.
A pair of Northwestern freshmen cruised to victory on Sunday, sparking the `Cats to their fifth conference win in as many tries. Jillian Rooney won handily over Lisa Petruzillo at No. 5 by a 6-0, 6-0 score to snap a two-match skid. Maddie Lipp followed with a 6-0, 6-0 win of her own over Emily Rivers at No. 6 to earn the first Big Ten win of her young career.
Nida Hamilton continued her hot streak on Sunday, taking down Taylor Shukow 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 4 spot. Hamilton has won all nine matches she has played in 2014.
The remaining three matches resulted in more of the same for Northwestern. Belinda Niu won her team-leading 11th match, beating Katia Blik at No. 2 by a 6-2, 6-1 score. Veronica Corning snapped a three-match losing streak, battling through a second set tie-breaker to defeat Dasha Sapogova, 6-1, 7-6 (4). Manon Peri made it a clean sweep for the `Cats, finishing the afternoon with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Carmen Sandor.
The Wildcats made quick work of Penn State in doubles play. Niu and Peri won in dominant fashion at the No. 3 spot, dismantling Taylor Shukow and Lisa Petruzillo by an 8-0 score. Corning and Alicia Barnett clinched the doubles point for NU when they beat Dasha Sapogova and Katia Blik, 8-2 at No. 1.
Northwestern embarks on a road-trip to the state of Michigan next weekend. NU will face conference nemesis Michigan on Saturday, April 5 at 11 a.m. in Ann Arbor and then travel to play Michigan State in East Lansing on Sunday at 10 a.m.
#1 - No. 44 Veronica Corning (NU) def. Dasha Sapogova (PSU), 6-1, 7-6
#2 - No. 36 Belinda Niu (NU) def. Katia Blik (PSU), 6-2, 6-1
#3 - Manon Peri (NU) def. Carmen Sandor (PSU), 6-2, 6-3
#4 - Nida Hamilton (NU) def. Taylor Shukow (PSU), 6-1, 6-0
#5 - Jillian Rooney (NU) def. Lisa Petruzillo (PSU), 6-0, 6-0
#6 - Maddie Lipp (NU) def. Emily Rivers (PSU), 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4*, 2, 1, 3
#1 - No. 21 Veronica Corning / Alicia Barnett (NU) def. Dasha Sapogova / Katia Blik (PSU), 8-2
#2 - No. 72 Maddie Lipp / Nida Hamilton (NU) vs. Carmen Sandor / Katherine Whiteaway (PSU), 5-4 (unfinished)
#3 - Belinda Niu / Manon Peri (NU) def. Taylor Shukow / Lisa Petruzillo (PSU), 8-0
Order of Finish: 3, 1*
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