April 10, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- Following a hard-fought battle against No. 1 Baylor Friday and a two-hour drive south to Austin, No. 5 Northwestern dropped a 6-1 match to No. 27 Texas Saturday afternoon at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center. Playing in her home state, NU senior Lauren Lui defeated her second ranked singles opponent in as many days by knocking off No. 46 Krista Damico 6-4, 6-3.
The Wildcats move to 14-6 on the season while Texas improved their mark to 10-4. Northwestern still leads the all-time series against the Longhorns, 8-4.
Texas began the match with a sweep of the three doubles matches beginning with an 8-1 victory by Amanda Craddock and Krista Damico at No. 2 over Samantha Murray and Kate Turvy. Meanwhile at No. 1, Lauren Lui and Maria Mosolova suffered an 8-5 setback against Vanja Corovic and Aeriel Ellis as Texas clinched the 1-0 lead entering singles.
At No. 3, Linda Abu Mushrefova and Stacey Lee went the distance with Sarah Lancaster and Caroline Larsson, matching the Longhorn duo step for step until Lancaster and Larsson edged the Wildcats in a tiebreaker 9-7 to take the match, 8-7.
On the singles side, Texas was able to take a 2-0 lead when No. 60 and former top singles player for the Longhorns Vanja Corovic defeated Northwestern's 45th-ranked Murray, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2.
NU answered back with a third win in a row by Lui at No. 3 singles and her second consecutive victory against a ranked opponent. Lui took down the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week Krista Damico in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, to improve to 16-2 in dual matches this season.
Lancaster put Texas on the brink of clinching the match as she defeated Turvy, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 4.
In the No. 1 singles showdown, 13th-ranked Mosolova came up against 28th-ranked Aeriel Ellis, a talented freshman who has supplanted Corovic at the top of the Longhorn lineup. Ellis was able to edge Mosolova in the first set 7-6 and again was pushed to a tiebreaker when Mosolova came back from down 6-5. In the breaker, Mosolova and Ellis were even at two when Ellis won three of the next four points en route to wrapping up the win for Texas.
NU fought hard at the bottom two spots of the order beginning at No. 5 where Stacey Lee came back from losing the first set 6-3 to storm to a 5-2 lead in the second against Larsson. But the Longhorn came back to even the score at 5-all and went on to claim the set 7-5, giving Texas a fifth team point.
Making her third straight start at No. 6, Linda Abu Mushrefova lost a tight first set 6-4 to Maggie Mello but rallied from a deficit in the second to grab a 5-4 advantage and held on to win 7-5. In the deciding superbreaker, Abu Mushrefova led 7-5 before going back and forth with Mello the rest of the way, eventually falling 13-11.
Northwestern closes its regular season with four consecutive Big Ten matches beginning Saturday, April 17, when it hosts Iowa in Evanston. The following day, NU will celebrate Senior Day when it takes on Minnesota at 11 a.m.
No. 27 Texas 6, No. 5 Northwestern 1
1: #28 Aeriel Ellis (UT) def. #13 Maria Mosolova (NU), 7-6, 7-6
2: #60 Vanja Corovic (UT) def. #45 Samantha Murray (NU), 6-4, 6-2
3: Lauren Lui (NU) def. #46 Krista Damico (UT), 6-4, 6-3
4: Sarah Lancaster (UT) def. Kate Turvy (NU), 6-2, 6-2
5: Caroline Larsson (UT) def. Stacey Lee (NU), 6-3, 7-5
6: Maggie Mello (UT) def. Linda Abu Mushrefova (NU), 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (13-11)
1: #47 Corovic/Ellis (UT) def. #23 Lui/Mosolova (NU), 8-5
2: Craddock/Damico (UT) def. Murray/Turvy (NU), 8-1
3: Lancaster/Larsson (UT) def. Abu Mushrefova/Lee (NU), 8-7 (7)
Order of Finish
Singles: (2, 3, 4, 1*, 5, 6)
Doubles: (2, 1*, 3)