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    No. 1 Northwestern Primed for Hoosier State Road Trip

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Elena Chernyakova has been a fixture a No. 1 doubles and is unbeaten in singles for the 'Cats this dual season.
    Elena Chernyakova has been a fixture a No. 1 doubles and is unbeaten in singles for the 'Cats this dual season.

    March 4, 2010

    2010 Northwestern Dual Statistics

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Top-ranked Northwestern brings its 78-match Big Ten dual winning streak on the road this weekend when it faces Purdue on Saturday and Indiana on Sunday. The 'Cats are coming off a convincing 6-1 victory over perennial power Georgia Tech in which Northwestern improved to 10-1 thanks to five straight-sets singles victories.

    Live Scoring
    Fans of Northwestern women's tennis can remain in the loop about NU's matches as they happen with live scoring provided by both Purdue and Indiana. Follow the links below to access the live scoring.
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    'Cats Return to Pole Position
    After beginning the season with a national ranking system based on coaches' votes, the ITA this week made the switch to its official computer-based rankings. As a result, Northwestern was able to leap-frog North Carolina to return to the No. 1 spot, marking the fourth week in a row there has been a change at No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis polls. Notre Dame, the only team to defeat NU this season, has made the move to No. 3 after being ranked No. 17 just two weeks ago.

    Northwestern has two players ranked in the newly released singles rankings in No. 13 Maria Mosolova and No. 31 Samantha Murray. In doubles, NU's tandem of Lauren Lui and Elena Chernyakova represents the 'Cats' highest-ranked pairing at No. 13 followed by Mosolova and Brittany Wowchuk at No. 51. Right behind them are Murray and Kate Turvy at No. 59.



    Scouting the Boilermakers
    Purdue enters Saturday's match off to its best start in school history at 7-0 and coming off a 5-2 defeat of 53rd-ranked Harvard last weekend. The Boilers won the doubles point and picked up a clinching three-set singles win by Anna Dushkina at No. 4. Head coach Laura Glitz has Purdue playing strong tennis in just her second season with the Boilermakers and despite relying on a team featuring just one senior and one junior on a roster full of underclassmen.

    Purdue does not have history on its side when facing Northwestern, however: NU is 37-1 all-time against the squad from West Lafayette.

    Scouting the Hoosiers
    Like Purdue, Indiana has played well in the early going of the dual season en route to a 10-2 record. Most impressive were IU's back-to-back wins against No. 10 Tennessee and another NCAA Tournament team from a year ago in Kentucky, both of which came by convincing 6-1 scores. Indiana has relied on a freshman from France, Leslie Hureau, to hold down the No. 1 singles spot while sophomore Evgeniya Vertesheva has had a firm grasp on the No. 2 position. Head coach Lin Loring is now in his 33rd season in charge of the Hoosiers, who were swept 7-0 by the Wildcats when these two teams last met.

    Last Time Out
    In a matchup of two schools that have combined to win the last four ITA National Indoor Team championships, No. 2 Northwestern came out on top by downing No. 14 Georgia Tech 6-1 Sunday in Evanston. The 'Cats removed the drama from the match early, winning the doubles point as well as the first three singles matches off the courts to account for the clinching points. Maria Mosolova and Linda Abu Mushrefova won their second consecutive match at No. 2 doubles while Lauren Lui and Stacey Lee locked up the doubles point with an 8-1 victory at No. 3. Lui remained unbeaten in dual singles matches this season (10-0) with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Christina Ngo at No. 3 while Samantha Murray posted an impressive 6-4, 6-0 victory against No. 112 Sasha Krupina at No. 2 singles to improve to 17-6 this season.