March 22, 2013
#11 Northwestern (8-5) vs. #1 North Carolina (15-1)
Sunday, March 24, 2013 11 a.m.
Combe Tennis Center
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EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern continues its ultra-challenging 2013 slate as it hosts top-ranked North Carolina at 11 a.m. Sunday at Combe Tennis Center.
This is the 14th dual match of the season for the Wildcats and the Tar Heels represent the 10th team NU has face so far that is ranked in the top 25 in the nation.
The 'Cats are looking to bounce back from a tough 4-3 loss at then-No. 10 Nebraska on March 10. Northwestern trailed the match 3-1 before getting single victories from Linda Abu Mushrefova and Belinda Niu, leaving the match up to a decisive contest at No. 4.
Brittany Wowchuk dropped the first set to Maggy Lehmicke before rallying to take the second. The third and final set was knotted 3-3, but Lehmicke was eventually able to pull out a 6-4 victory to give the match to the Cornhuskers.
UNC claimed this year's ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va., by posting victories over No. 13 Texas A&M, No. 4 USC, No. 3 Duke and No. 2 UCLA.
The Tar Heels improved to 15-1 on the season by posting a 4-3 ACC win at No. 40 NC State on Thursday.
UNC's deep lineup features five individuals who have perfect singles records this spring and five who are nationally ranked. Gina Suarez-Malaguti is ranked No. 4, Whitney Kay is No. 23, Caroline Price is No. 30 and Ashley Dai is No. 123. The doubles pairing of Kay and Dai is ranked No. 16.
Northwestern's singles lineup is headlined by senior Kate Turvy who is ranked No. 64, while junior Belinda Niu is No. 125. Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton pace the Wildcats in doubles play with a No. 8 national ranking.
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