April 9, 2006
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's ninth-ranked women's tennis team took all three doubles matches before notching four singles wins en route to a 5-2 win over No. 33 Iowa Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats now stand as the only undefeated team in conference play as they pushed their Big Ten record to 7-0.
Northwestern quickly took a 1-0 lead by sweeping the doubles competition.
Georgia Rose (Mettawa, Ill./North Shore Country Day) and Feriel Esseghir (Sarasota, Fla./Brickhouse Academy) were the first Wildcat pair to finish as they beat Hillary Mintz and Kayla Berry 8-4 at No. 2 doubles. The duo is now 9-1 this year at the No. 2 doubles position.
Nazlie Ghazal (Temecula, Calif./Chaparral) and Jamie Peisel (Savannah, Ga./Savannah Country Day) then clinched the doubles point for the 'Cats with an 8-3 victory over Milica Veselinovic and Krissy Dowlin at No. 3. The two are now 19-5 overall this year.
The Wildcats' 10th-ranked team of Cristelle Grier (Epsom, England/Putney) and Alexis Prousis (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) completed the doubles sweep for NU with an 8-3 win over Iowa's Meg Racette and Jacqueline Lee at No. 1 doubles.
The 'Cats jumped out to a 3-0 lead with two wins to begin singles play.
Esseghir improved her dual record to 11-6 this season when she beat Merel Beelen 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 singles.
Ghazal then made it 3-0 as she took her 11th-consecutive singles match. Ghazal topped Dowlin 6-0, 6-2 at No. 6.
After Veselinovic beat NU's 24th-ranked Prousis 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3, No. 9 Grier clinched the match for Northwestern with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Mintz at No. 2.
No. 44 Rose took her 23rd-straight singles match with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Racette at No. 1. Rose now stands at 19-0 in dual play this season and is 4-0 at the No. 1 spot.
With the match already decided, Lee took a third-set tiebreaker to beat Peisel at No. 4 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (8).
With the win, Northwestern improves to 15-4 this season, 7-0 in Big Ten play.
Northwestern resumes play with a pair of conference road matches next weekend. The 'Cats face Illinois at noon Saturday, April 15, before taking on Purdue at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 16.
1. Rose (NU) def. Racette (UI), 6-4, 6-3
2. Grier (NU) def. Mintz (UI), 6-2, 6-1
3. Veselinovic (UI) def. Prousis (NU), 6-1, 6-2
4. Lee (UI) def. Peisel (NU), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)
5. Esseghir (NU) def. Beelen (UI), 6-1, 6-0
6. Ghazal (NU) def. Dowlin (UI), 6-0, 6-2
Order Of Finish: 5,6,3,2,1,4
1. Prousis/Grier (NU) def. Racette/Lee (UI), 8-3
2. Rose/Esseghir (NU) def. Mintz/Berry (UI), 8-4
3. Ghazal/Peisel (NU) def. Veselinovic/Dowlin (UI), 8-3
Order Of Finish: 2,3,1