April 10, 2014
#12 Northwestern (12-6, 6-1) vs. Nebraska (8-12, 0-7)
Saturday, April 12, 2014 11 a.m.
Vandy Christie Tennis Center
#12 Northwestern (12-6, 6-1) vs. Iowa (8-10, 1-6)
Sunday, April 13, 2014 11 a.m.
Vandy Christie Tennis Center
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern's women's tennis team will play its final home matches of the 2014 regular season when the Wildcats welcome Nebraska and Iowa to the Vandy Christie Tennis Center. NU is scheduled to play outdoors for the first time this season, taking on the Cornhuskers at 11 a.m. Saturday before meeting up with the Hawkeyes on Sunday.
Last weekend, the Wildcats split a road trip to the state of Michigan, beating Michigan State by a 6-1 score after falling to then-No. 17 Michigan, 4-3. The close loss to the Wolverines is the `Cats only conference loss. A couple of individuals picked up wins against ranked opponents in the loss to Michigan. Veronica Corning upset the ninth-ranked singles player in the country, Emina Bektas, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 1 spot. Playing at No. 3, Alicia Barnett knocked off No. 119 Brooke Bolender, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Senior Belinda Niu leads the Wildcats with 12 wins in the dual season, including a 6-1 mark in Big Ten play at the second singles spot. Barnett has been reliable for Northwestern in conference play, posting a 6-0 mark at No. 3. Freshman Manon Peri has seen a lot of playing time recently, amassing a 5-1 Big Ten record.
Corning is the highest-ranked Northwestern singles player. Corning is ranked 34th by the ITA and has posted a 10-8 overall record in 2014. Niu is also ranked for the Wildcats, earning a spot at No. 40 in this week's poll. NU also claims a ranked doubles team as Corning and Barnett are ranked No. 29 with a record of 8-7.
Nebraska is in the midst of an eight-match losing streak, including seven losses to conference opponents. Most recently, the Huskers lost by identical 6-1 scores to Indiana and Purdue. Nebraska has no nationally ranked players, but Maggy Lehmicke, playing at No. 1, has compiled a 13-5 record.
Northwestern is 4-2 all-time against the Cornhuskers and will look to avenge last season's 4-3 loss in Lincoln.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are losers of their last seven matches in a row. Iowa's lone Big Ten win came against Nebraska on March 14. The Hawkeyes dropped both matches last weekend to Indiana and Purdue. Ruth Seaborne has amassed a 12-5 overall record in the first singles position and is ranked No. 113 by the ITA.
The Wildcats have dominated the all-time series against Iowa. NU leads 39-2, including last season's 5-2 win in Iowa City.
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