March 24, 2014
#9 Northwestern (9-3) vs. #10 North Carolina (16-3)
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:30 p.m
Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center
Chapel Hill, N.C.
#9 Northwestern (9-3) vs. #1 Duke (15-1)
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2 p.m.
Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern will look to extend a four-match winning streak when it travels to the state of North Carolina to face two top-10 foes during the week. The ninth-ranked Wildcats play No. 10 North Carolina on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. before matching up against the nation's top-ranked team in Duke Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m.
NU has shut out three of its last four opponents, including a 7-0 win over Georgia Tech last Friday night at the Combe Tennis Center. The trip through the Tar Heel State will mark the final non-conference matches of the regular season for the `Cats. Northwestern is already out to a 3-0 start in Big Ten play with wins over Indiana, Purdue and Illinois.
The Wildcats' doubles tandem of Veronica Corning and Alicia Barnett provided the key highlight of the team's win over the Yellow Jackets on Friday. The duo teamed up to upset Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey, the No. 2-ranked duo in the country. Belinda Niu won her 13th match in a row and moved to 9-0 on the dual season with a win over Woodard at No. 2 singles.
North Carolina has won 12 of its last 13 matches, including five in a row. The Tar Heels most recent match resulted in a 6-1 win over Notre Dame. Two of the team's three losses have come at the hands of the Duke Blue Devils. The other was a 4-3 loss to Texas A&M. Northwestern defeated the Aggies 4-3 at the ITA National Indoor Championships.
Four singles players are ranked by the ITA for the Tar Heels. North Carolina has two players in the top-five. Jamie Loeb is ranked No. 1 and has compiled a 17-1 record in the No. 1 singles spot. Hayley Carter has put together a 13-1 mark in the No. 2 singles position and is currently ranked No. 5 in the nation. North Carolina's Caroline Price has played in spots two, three, four and five, amassing an 11-2 record. Price is ranked No. 41. Rounding out the poll for the Tar Heels is Whitney Kay. She is ranked 111th with a record of 4-7. Loeb and Carter team up in doubles play for UNC. They have a record of 11-0 and are ranked No. 7. Kay and Price are 7-3 and are ranked No. 15.
The Duke Blue Devils enter Wednesday's match with Northwestern sporting a 15-1 record and ranked No. 1 in the nation by the ITA. Duke's only loss came to Virginia back on Feb. 21. The Blue Devils have rattled off seven straight wins since. In its most recent match, Duke knocked off Florida State, 6-0.
Duke boasts three ranked singles player. Beatrice Capra is the highest-rated Blue Devil at No. 6. Capra is 6-4 in the dual season but has compiled a 14-4 record against nationally ranked opponents overall. Ester Goldfeld has spent time playing at Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4, compiling an 11-2 mark. Goldfeld is ranked 24th. Coming in at No. 31 is Hanna Mar. She is 11-1 and like Goldfeld, has played at four positions. There are five ranked doubles team for Duke. Capra and Mar are the fourth-ranked duo in the country with a 5-3 record in the No. 1 spot. Goldfeld is one-half of three ranked teams, which include Alyssa Smith (22nd), Annie Mulholland (29th) and Marianne Jodoin (42nd).
Northwestern is 8-12 all-time against North Carolina. Last season the `Cats lost a close 4-3 match to the then ranked No. 1 Tar Heels. NU last beat UNC in Feb. 2012. Duke leads the all-time series over the Wildcats 14-5. The Blue Devils knocked off the `Cats 4-0 last season. Northwestern last beat Duke in 2009.
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