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    March. 8, 1998

    Women's Tennis Nearly Sweeps Penn State

    Wildcats earn second Big Ten win

    EVANSTON, Ill. - The No. 22 Wildcat women's tennis team (6-6, 2-2) defeated Penn State, 6-1, earning its second Big Ten win on Sunday afternoon at the Johnson Tennis Center. The 'Cats also advanced to a 7-0 series lead over the Nittany Lions in today's match, which marked their seventh meeting.

    NU nearly swept the singles portion by winning five of six matches. Playing at the No. 1 spot, Wildcat sophomore Katherine Nasser, ranked No. 59 nationally, defeated Penn State's Pilar Montgomery, 6-2, 7-5. Freshman Shannon Duffy, ranked No. 34 nationally, rallied to win at the No. 2 spot, 6-3, 6-4. Freshman Colleen Cheng, junior Robyn Porter and sophomore Jennifer Lutgert also won sets for the Wildcats.

    Northwestern also dominated in the doubles matches. The No. 1 doubles team of Nasser and Cheng remained undefeated in Big Ten competition (3-0, Big Ten; 6-1, overall) with their 8-4 win over the 24th-ranked Penn State duo of Montgomery and Barnett.

    The Wildcats will travel to San Diego, Calif. for matches against San Diego State and BYU on March 24-27, 1998.

    Singles:
    No. 1 - (No. 59) Katherine Nasser (NU) def. Pilar Montgomery (PSU): 6-2, 7-5
    No. 2 - (No. 34) Shannon Duffy (NU) def. Alison Barnett (PSU): 6-3, 6-4
    No. 3 - Colleen Cheng (NU) def. Kelley Margolis (PSU): 6-0, 6-3
    No. 4 - Teresa Whiteside (PSU) def. Leigh Weinraub (NU): 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
    No. 5 - Robyn Porter (NU) def. Meara Abramson (PSU): 6-2, 6-1
    No. 6 - Jennifer Lutgert (NU) def. Carly Drum (PSU): 6-1, 6-0 
    Doubles:
    No. 1 - Nasser/Cheng (NU) def. (No. 24) Montgomery/Barnett (PSU): 8-4
    No. 2 - Duffy/Weinraub (NU) def. Margolis/Abramson (PSU): 8-4
    No. 3 - Whiteside/Kate Ovelman (PSU) def. Porter/Lutgert (NU): 9-7