April 30, 2010
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex)
Score: No. 5 Northwestern 4, No. 35 Ohio State 1
Records: NU (19-6, 9-1 Big Ten), Ohio State (19-9, 5-5 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Saturday, May 1 -- vs. Illinois (Iowa City, Iowa), 2 p.m.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Northwestern and Ohio State squared off Friday for the second time in five days, only this time on a neutral court and with the stakes significantly higher. Fifth-ranked NU again came out on top, grinding out a 4-1 win over No. 35 Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament hosted by Iowa. Freshman Kate Turvy clinched the match with a grueling three-set singles win that lasted nearly three hours.
Northwestern, the tournament's No. 2 seed, moves on to Saturday's semifinal round where it will face third-seeded Illinois at 2 p.m. Live scoring for the match is available on Iowa's official tournament Web site.
"We're not taking any team in this tournament for granted, especially not a quality team like Ohio State that is very familiar with us," said Wildcat head coach Claire Pollard, who is looking to guide NU to its 12th straight Big Ten Tournament title. "It certainly wasn't easy but we only get better with tests like what we had today. I like what we were able to do in doubles and hopefully that carries over against Illinois because they have another great doubles point."
In fact it was the Buckeyes who recorded the first doubles win of the afternoon, as NU's No. 1 team of Lauren Lui and Linda Abu Mushrefova found themselves in a 4-2 hole before managing to get back on serve at four-all. After that, however, OSU's tandem of Kelsey Haviland and Cami Hubbs won four straight games en route to the 8-4 victory.
But it was a different story in the other two matches where the Wildcats had already gotten out to significant leads. At No. 3, the reliable team of Samantha Murray
and Kate Turvy
were off to a 7-3 advantage on Court One. After Ohio State's Gabby Steele and Fidan Manashirova pulled back two games late in the match, Murray and Turvy persevered to win 8-5 for their 13th win of the season alongside one another.
Meanwhile, Northwestern's Maria Mosolova and Elena Chernyakova took a 3-2 lead at No. 2 against Paloma Escobedo and Christina Keesey by winning the fifth game on four straight points, punctuated by a put-away at the net by Mosolova. The 'Cats again took an unblemished game to go up 4-2 and later went ahead 7-4 on a soft volley at the net by Chernyakova. OSU managed to get within 7-6, winning a long Chernyakova service game, but NU easily broke back in the next game to clinch the Wildcats' doubles point.
With four available courts inside the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center, singles play began with the Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 6 matches on the courts. Northwestern leapt to 3-0 leads in three of the four matches including at No. 2 where Murray was hitting on all of her shots in the first set to best Escobedo, 6-0. Murray kept things rolling in the second as she came back from down 40-15 in her second service game, winning the game with a perfect backhand past Escobedo to go up 3-0. Murray won the match 6-0, 6-1, five days after downing Escobedo 6-1, 6-2 in Columbus.
At No. 6, sophomore Stacey Lee built a 5-1 cushion against Hubbs and persevered in the seventh game after several deuce points to win the set 6-1. She continued her strong play in the second, going ahead 4-1 and breaking Hubbs' serve in the last game to close out the set 6-1.
Ohio State was able to get on the board with a win at No. 3 by Kelsey Haviland against Lui. Haviland took the first set 6-2 and jumped to a 5-2 advantage in the second. Lui continued to battle before falling 6-3 as OSU picked up its first team point.
On Court Four, Turvy protected her 3-0 advantage over Steele by wearing down the Buckeye en route to a 6-3 first-set win. The scoring was back-and-forth throughout the second until Steele put a run together, winning several long points to go up 5-2 and take the set 6-3. In a grueling match that lasted nearly three hours, Steele got off to a 2-0 start in the third before Turvy found another well of energy, reeling off six games in a row to win the set 6-2 and clinch the victory for Northwestern.
In the last match on the courts, Mosolova notched an early break and took a 4-1 lead on Kirsten Flower at the No. 1 spot. After taking the first 6-2, Mosolova faced a renewed Flower in the second as the Wildcat fell behind 4-3 before Turvy's victory cut short the evening for both Mosolova and Abu Mushrefova, who lost her opening set at No. 5 to Christina Keesey, 7-6.
No. 5 Northwestern 4, No. 35 Ohio State 1
1: #13 Maria Mosolova (NU) vs. #78 Kirsten Flower (OSU), 6-2, 3-4, unf.
2: #39 Samantha Murray (NU) def. Paloma Escobedo (OSU), 6-0, 6-1
3: Kelsey Haviland (OSU) def. #116 Lauren Lui (NU), 6-2, 6-3
4: Kate Turvy (NU) def. Gabby Steele (OSU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
5: Christina Keesey (OSU) vs. Linda Abu Mushrefova (NU), 7-6, 2-4, unf.
6: Stacey Lee (NU) def. Cami Hubbs (OSU), 6-1, 6-1
1: Haviland/Hubbs (OSU) def. Abu Mushrefova/Lui (NU), 8-4
2: Chernyakova/Mosolova (NU) def. Escobedo/Keesey (OSU), 8-6
3: Murray/Turvy (NU) def. Manashirova/Steele (OSU), 8-5
Order of Finish
Singles: (2, 3, 6, 4*)
Doubles: (1, 3, 2*)
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