Nov. 5, 2007
PALM SPRINGS, Calif.-- At the Duals in the Desert this weekend, Nazlie Ghazal (Temecula, Calif./Chaparral) led Northwestern to three second-place finishes with a trip to the finals in singles and pairing up in doubles with Suzie Matzenauer (Tacoma, Wash./Bellarmine). Alexis Conill (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) also made it to the final of her flight before bowing out in three sets.
In the Flight No. 2 doubles draw, Ghazal and Matzenauer won their first two matches over competition from Texas and UCLA before falling to Lin and Schnack, also from UCLA. Conill and Keri Robison (Decatur, Ill./Florida) played in the Flight No. 1 doubles earning a third-place finish. The pair defeated their first round competition from Texas, 8-6, then beat Bielikova and Filipiak 8-5 in the third-place match.
Conill gave Clemson's Alexandra Luc all she could handle in the Flight No. 5 singles, but lost in three sets, 0-6, 6-2, 6-4, after defeating Ana Victoria Lind and Marija Milic of UCLA and Texas, respectively.
Ghazal fell to USC's Maria Sanchez, 6-3, 6-4, in the finals of Flight No. 3 singles to take second place. In the first two rounds, Ghazal defeated Zuzana Chmelarova of Baylor, 6-0, 6-2 and Estefania Balda of Clemson, 6-4, 7-6.
Lauren Lui (Houston, Texas/Kinkaid) won two of her three singles matches on the day as well. In the Flight No. 4 singles, she beat Caroline Larsson of Texas, 6-3, 6-3, then bounced back from a loss to defeat fellow Longhorn Sarah Lancaster, 6-3, 6-4.
Matzenauer also participated in singles, taking seventh place in her draw, while defeating Danon Beatty of Fresno State with ease, 6-2, 6-1.
The Duals split the team up as the rest of the squad competed at the ITA Indoor National Championships in Columbus, Ohio. The tournaments concluded the Wildcats fall season.