April 6, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Top-ranked Northwestern kept its winning streak in-tact Sunday with a 6-1 win over No. 28 Indiana. The Wildcats improve to 19-1 and have won 13-consecutive matches, remaining unbeaten at 7-0 atop the Big Ten.
Northwestern took the doubles point and a 1-0 match lead after winning at two-of-three courts. Georgia Rose (Mettawa, Ill./North Shore Country Day) and Alexis Conill (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) won together for the second straight match with their 8-0 sweep at No. 2. The duo improves to 11-1 overall this season.
Nazlie Ghazal (Temecula, Calif./Chaparral) and Maria Mosolova (Moscow, Russia/No. 204) won 8-2 at No. 3 for the second time this weekend, ensuring the doubles point and a 1-0 match lead. Samantha Murray (Altrincham, England/Altrincham Grammar) and Lauren Lui (Houston, Texas/Kinkaid) fought back from an early deficit at No. 1, but were unable to outlast their opponents and fell 8-7 (5).
Northwestern took a 2-0 match lead with Suzie Matzenauer's (Tacoma, Wash./Bellarmine) victory at No. 6. Matzenauer returned Sunday from illness and looked to be back in perfect form with her 6-2, 6-2 straight set win. At No. 5 singles, Ghazal took care of her opponent in similar fashion with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph, giving the Wildcats a 3-0 advantage for the day.
The 'Cats went up 4-0 and clinched the match when Mosolova won 6-1, 6-3, at No. 1. Third-ranked Mosolova earned her 10th dual win from No. 1 this season and improves to an impressive 29-4 overall this season.
Fifth-ranked Georgia Rose
improved to 13-1 in dual play from No. 2 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over her opponent. Her sixth-consecutive dual victory gave the Wildcats a 5-0 match advantage.
Lauren Lui kept her streak alive at No. 4 with her 13th consecutive dual victory. With her 6-1, 6-3 win in straight sets, Lui improves to 16-0 from No. 4 this season and earns her 23rd consecutive victory from the same position dating to last year.
With a 6-0 advantage for Northwestern, Samantha Murray found herself in a battle at No. 3. After coming from behind in the first set, Murray fell in a tiebreaker, 6-7. She redeemed herself with an impressive 6-1 victory in the second set, forcing a match tiebreaker for the third set. After a great performance from both ends of the court, it took 12 points to decide the match, with Murray falling 1-0 (12-10).
With a 6-1 match victory, the Wildcats looked dominant once again in conference play. The 'Cats have won 57-consecutive matches against Big Ten opponents dating to 2004, including regular season dual play, Big Ten Championships and NCAA Regional matches in past seasons.
Northwestern returns to action at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, when it travels to South Bend, Ind., to face No. 20 Notre Dame. The rivalry between these teams has grown in recent past, yet the Wildcats own the all-time series lead, 21-10. The 'Cats remain on the road next weekend when they face off with No. 46 Iowa and No. 57 Minnesota.
1. Maria Mosolova (NU) def. Alba Berdala (IND) 6-1, 6-3
2. Georgia Rose (NU) def. Katya Zapadalova (IND) 6-2, 6-2
3. Charlotte Martin (IND) def. Samantha Murray (NU) 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 1-0
4. Lauren Lui (NU) def. Sigrid Fischer (IND) 6-1, 6-3
5. Nazlie Ghazal (NU) def. Lindsey Stuckey (IND) 6-2, 6-3
6. Suzie Matzenauer (NU) def. Brianna Williams (IND) 6-2, 6-2
1. Brianna Williams/Katya Zapadalova (IND) def. Lauren Lui/Samantha Murray (NU) 8-7 (7-5)
2. Georgia Rose/Alexis Conill (NU) def. Alba Berdala/Lindsey Stuckey (IND) 8-0
3. Nazlie Ghazal/Maria Mosolova (NU) def. Sigrid Fischer/Myriam Sopel (IND) 8-2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,5,1,2,4,3)