Oct. 24, 2009
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern has played at an extremely high level through its first two days at the 2009 ITA Midwest Regional Championships, particularly in doubles where a trio of Wildcat pairings advanced to the quarterfinals on Saturday. Those round-of-eight matches are slated to begin at 10 a.m. Sunday in Northwestern's Combe Tennis Center.
Lauren Lui and Elena Chernyakova reached the quarters with their 8-4 defeat of Rachael Hush and Christina Ruiz of Marquette, while Samantha Murray and Stacey Lee moved on with an 8-3 victory over Illinois State's Julia Zubkova and Franziska Steinhardt.
Murray and Lee are on course for an all-Northwestern semifinal match with Maria Mosolova and Brittany Wowchuk, who knocked off Leigh Finnegan and Marisa Lambropolous of Illinois, 8-6, on Saturday. In order for that to occur, Murray and Lee need to beat Michigan's Rika Tatsuno and Whitney Taney while Mosolova and Wowchuk's road to the semifinals goes through DePaul's Selma Salkovic and Anna Redesci.
On the singles side, Northwestern posted a combined 7-2 mark, with three of its top-seeded players moving on to the round of 16. Top-seeded Mosolova breezed through her match with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Ohio State's Paloma Escobedo. After outlasting Brianna Smutko of Illinois 7-6 in the first set, Lui closed out her match in style with a 6-1 win in the second set. The NU senior will face another member of the Illini on Sunday when she takes on Megan Fudge.
Following her opening-round bye, Murray coasted to a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Ohio State's Gabby Steele and will face Illinois' Chelcie Abajian on Sunday. Abajian overcame NU freshman Linda Abu Mushrefova
in the second round (6-4, 6-4) after Abu Mushrefova had won in her singles debut this weekend by beating Toledo's Martina Wodzinski in three sets (6-1, 6-7, 6-1).
Newcomer Kate Turvy also won in impressive fashion in her first singles match this weekend, ousting Michigan's Tania Mahtani 6-1, 6-3. She battled Illinois' Rachel White in her second match, dropping the first set 6-1 before responding to take the second 6-4. She managed to wear down White throughout the third set, ripping a backhand across the court on her first match point to win 6-2 and remain alive in the main draw.
Wowchuk was dominant following her first-round bye, defeating IPFW's Amy Recht 6-0, 6-2 to advance.
On Sunday, play is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the Combe Tennis Center with four quarterfinals doubles matches. Singles play will begin immediately after.
Due to inclement weather and limited court space, there will be no consolation matches played in singles or doubles at this year's Midwest Regional Championships.