April 6, 2014
||#11 Northwestern 6, Michigan State 1
MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts East Lansing, Mich.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - A day after losing a 4-3 nail-biter to conference nemesis Michigan, the Northwestern women's tennis team bounced back with a dominating 6-1 win over the Michigan State Spartans. The 11th-ranked Wildcats improved to 6-1 in the Big Ten with the win on Sunday.
Northwestern moved to 11-0 on the season when winning the doubles point. The `Cats won the first match in the number two spot when Maddie Lipp and Nida Hamilton defeated Emily Meyers and Julianne Gruber, 8-4. Michigan State tied the best of three with Erin Faulkner and Marina Bohrer's upset win at No. 1 over the 21st-ranked tandem of Veronica Corning and Alicia Barnett, 8-7 (4). NU broke the tie and grabbed the first point of the match with a win at No. 3. Brooke Rischbieth and Belinda Niu eased past Catherine Parenteau and Athena Trouillot, 8-3.
The Wildcats won the first four singles matches in straight sets to clinch the win over the Spartans. Alicia Barnett played the quickest match of the afternoon, taking down Emily Meyers, 6-1, 6-0. Barnett moved to 6-0 in conference play with the win. That was followed by Maddie Lipp beating Julianne Gruber at No. 6 by a 6-1, 6-1 score. NU scored the decisive fourth point when Jillian Rooney knocked off Athena Trouillot, 6-3, 6-4.
Belinda Niu won her team-leading 12th match with a 6-2, 6-3 victory in the number two singles spot over Erin Faulkner. Freshman Manon Peri ended the day with a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3) super-breaker win over Olga Chernova.
Northwestern will return home next weekend to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday, April 12 at 11 a.m. The `Cats will play Iowa the following day again at 11 a.m.
No. 1 Marina Bohrer (MSU) def. #44 Veronica Corning (NU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
No. 2 #36 Belinda Niu (NU) def. Erin Faulkner (MSU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 Alicia Barnett (NU) def. Emily Meyers (MSU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 Manon Peri (NU) def. Olga Chernova (MSU) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3)
No. 5 Jillian Rooney (NU) def. Athena Trouillot (MSU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 Maddie Lipp (NU) def. Julianne Gruber (MSU) 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 6, 5*, 2, 1, 4
No. 1 Erin Faulkner/Marina Bohrer (MSU) def. #21 Veronica Corning/Alicia Barnett (NU) 8-7 (7-4)
No. 2 #72 Maddie Lipp/Nida Hamilton (NU) def. Emily Meyers/Julianne Gruber (MSU) 8-4
No. 3 Brooke Rischbieth/Belinda Niu (NU) def. Catherine Parenteau/Athena Trouillot (MSU) 8-3
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3*
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