April 27, 2013
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (IU Tennis Center)
Score: Northwestern 4, Nebraska 1
Records: NU (17-8), Nebraska (22-5)
Next NU Event: Sunday, April 28 - vs. Michigan, Big Ten tournament (Bloomington, Ind.), 11 a.m. CT
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Northwestern's women's tennis team lost two dual matches during its recent Big Ten season. The Wildcats moved one step closer to avenging both of those defeats as third-seeded NU defeated second-seeded Nebraska 4-1 in the semifinal round of the 2013 Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats had dropped a tight 4-3 decision to the Cornhuskers in Lincoln March 10. Now they'll have the opportunity to face top-seeded Michigan in Sunday's championship match. The Wolverines edged Northwestern 4-3 during the regular-season meeting between the teams in Evanston April 7.
The 'Cats will be aiming for their 15th-consecutive Big Ten title, either regular season or tournament.
The Wildcats came ready to play in doubles as all three teams went up a break early and were able to maintain that advantage. The No. 2 pairing of Alicia Barnett and Veronica Corning continued their stellar play, cruising to an 8-2 victory over 82nd-ranked Janine Weinreich and Stefanie Weinstein. It marked the 10th-consective win for the pair.
At No. 1, 14th-ranked Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton finished off the doubles win as they took advantage of their early break and held on the rest of the way to take down third-ranked Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova 8-6.
Neither team had the advantage through the opening set of play in singles as the teams split the six matches with NU posting first-set wins at Nos. 4, 5 and 6. The squads endured a rain delay of approximately 45 minutes briefly before Nebraska managed to pull back to even in the match as Weatherholt, ranked 10th, defeated 123rd-ranked Corning 6-1, 6-1.
The tie was short-lived, though, as Mushrefova continued her dominance against Big Ten foes in singles as she completed a 6-3, 6-1 win over Lehmicke at No. 4, putting the Wildcats back in front 2-1. The triumph improved Mushrefova to 13-0 against league foes in dual meet play this season.
Northwestern inched closer to the victory thanks to Barnett at No. 5. The freshman went up by a pair of breaks before eventually taking her opening set 6-4. Leading 3-2 in the second set with Weinreich serving, Barnett broke as she eventually took the set 6-3 to make the match 3-1 in the Wildcats' favor.
From there, Hamilton finished things off at No. 6 as she dominated Izabella Zgierska. The junior cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win, giving NU the opportunity to play for yet another conference title.
#3 Northwestern 4, #2 Nebraska 1
1. #14 Linda Abu Mushrefova/Nida Hamilton (NU) def. #3 Mary Weatherholt/Patricia Veresova (NEB) 8-6
2. Veronica Corning/Alicia Barnett (NU) def. #82 Stefanie Weinstein/Janine Weinreich (NEB) 8-2
3. Maggy Lehmicke/Izabella Zgierska (NEB) vs. Belinda Niu/Kate Turvy (NU) 3-7, unfinished
Order of finish: 2, 1*
1. #11 Mary Weatherholt (NEB) def. #123 Veronica Corning (NU) 6-1, 6-1
2. Patricia Veresova (NEB) vs. #51 Kate Turvy (NU) 6-3, 3-6, 1-2, unfinished
3. Stefanie Weinstein (NEB) vs. Belinda Niu (NU) 6-2, 1-4, unfinished
4. Linda Abu Mushrefova (NU) def. Maggy Lehmicke (NEB) 6-3, 6-1
5. Alicia Barnett (NU) def. Janine Weinreich (NEB) 6-4, 6-3
6. Nida Hamilton (NU) def. Izabella Zgierska (NEB) 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish: 1, 3, 5, 6*
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