April 17, 2004
Northwestern-Penn State results
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EVANSTON, Ill.--History repeated itself once again.
As it has done 12 other times, Northwestern's 11th-ranked women's tennis team defeated Penn State today at Vandy Christie Tennis Center, churning out another 7-0 final score to improve to 13-0 all-time against the Nittany Lions.
The win keeps the second-place 'Cats (17-4, 6-1 Big Ten) in the hunt for the top seed for the Big Ten Championship. Meanwhile, Penn State dropped to 6-13, 0-7.
"I thought we did a pretty good job today, especially in doubles," said head coach Claire Pollard. "After the emotional match against Notre Dame on Thursday, the team did a great job of regrouping to get the victory."
A sweep in doubles set the tone for the 80-degree day. Alexis Prousis (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) and Jamie Peisel (Savannah, Ga./Savannah Country Day) finished first by cruising past Maaria Husain and Sarah Spence 8-2 at No. 2.
Second-ranked Jessica Rush (Dallas, Texas/The Hockaday School) and Cristelle Grier (Surrey, England/Epsom) then clinched the point by routing Leigh Ann Merryman and Megan Marton 8-3 at No. 1. The victory was the NU tandem's 30th of the year.
Not long after, Andrea Yung
(San Marino, Calif./San Marino) and Connie Chiang (Oshkosh, Wis./Oshkosh West) completed the shutout with an 8-5 victory over Sasha Abraham and Katelyn BeVard at No. 3.
In singles, third-ranked Grier led off with an easy 6-1, 6-1 decision over Merryman at No. 1. The sophomore improved to an impressive 30-3 (7-0 Big Ten) this season. On the adjacent court, Rush pounded Marton 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 for a 3-0 Northwestern lead.
The clinching point took a bit longer to earn, but in the end it came at No. 3, where Prousis took down Husain 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. She preceded Yung, who also won in three sets, beating Abraham 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 at No. 5.
Peisel and Ruth Barnes (Cambridge, England/Hills Road Sixth Form College) picked up the final two points for NU, winning 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 at No. 4 and 6-7 (3), 7-5, 1-0 (8) at No. 6, respectively.
"It was a close 7-0 match," said Pollard. "We got up early but were not able to put them away quickly enough. Still, it was a good win. "
The Wildcats will close out their home schedule tomorrow when they take on No. 63 Ohio State at 11 a.m. at Vandy Christie Tennis Center.
No. 11 Northwestern 7, Penn State 0
No. 1 -- #3 Cristelle Grier (NU) def. Leigh Ann Merryman (PSU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 -- #55 Jessica Rush (NU) def. Megan Marton (PSU), 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 -- Alexis Prousis (NU) def. Maaria Husain (PSU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 -- Jamie Peisel (NU) def. Sarah Spence (PSU), 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
No. 5 -- Andrea Yung (NU) def. Sasha Abraham (PSU), 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
No. 6 -- Ruth Barnes (NU) def. Katelyn BeVard (PSU), 6-7 (3), 7-5, 1-0 (8)
No. 1 -- #2 Grier/Rush (NU) def. Merryman/Marton (PSU), 8-3
No. 2 -- Prousis/Peisel (NU) def. Husain/Spence (PSU), 8-2
No. 3 -- Yung/Connie Chiang (NU) def. Abraham/BeVard (PSU), 8-5