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    Northwestern Hosts Opening Rounds of ITA Team Indoors

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Belinda Niu and the 'Cats face Arkansas at 11 a.m. Friday.
    Belinda Niu and the 'Cats face Arkansas at 11 a.m. Friday.

    Jan. 24, 2013

    ITA Team Indoor Championships - Opening Rounds

    Friday, Jan. 25
    Northwestern vs. Arkansas - 11 a.m.
    Purdue vs. Washington State - 3 p.m.

    Saturday, Jan. 26
    Friday's losers, 10 a.m.
    Friday's winners, 2 p.m.

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    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern's women's tennis opens the home portion of its 2013 slate this Friday and Saturday as it hosts the opening two rounds of the ITA Indoor Team Championships at Combe Tennis Center.

    The Wildcats, ranked No. 14, begin competition at 11 a.m. Friday as they square off against No. 38 Arkansas. No. 26 Purdue takes on No. 32 Washington State in the other match beginning at 3 p.m.

    NU is coming off a solid performance at the University of Virginia Winter Invitational last weekend. Though duel meet scores were not kept, the Wildcats performed well against No. 11 Virginia, No. 23 Tennessee and No. 34 Utah. In singles competition, Kate Turvy tied for the title with two other individuals after posting wins over fourth-ranked Julia Elbaba of Virginia and No. 72 Tereza Bekerova of Utah.

    Arkansas has cruised to a trio of 7-0 duel meet wins so far, defeating Prairie View A&M, UT-Pan American and Lamar. The Razorbacks went 12-14 last season and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament where they dropped an opening-round match to Long Beach State.

    Purdue's singles lineup is headlined by No. 80 Lynda Xepoleas and No. 108 Mara Schmidt. The Boilermakers hosted the Purdue Invitational last week. Last spring, they broke NU's 14-year streak of winning the Big Ten tournament. Purdue reached the 2012 NCAA Tournament, falling to Pepperdine in a first-round matchup.

    Washington State is off to a 3-0 start to its duel meet season posting 5-2 wins over Portland State and Wyoming, as well as a 7-0 victory over Idaho. The Cougars advanced to the NCAA tournament a year ago, defeating No. 36 Florida State in the opening round before falling to No. 2 Florida.


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