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    Big Ten Women's Tennis -- Day Four Recap

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    April 27, 2014

    #2 Northwestern 4, #1 Michigan 3

    Northwestern won its 16th straight Big Ten championship on Sunday with a 4-3 win over top-seeded Michigan in the tournament final. The Wildcats trailed 3-1 but won the final three matches of the day to win the title.

    Michigan claimed a tightly contested doubles point by taking the final two matches from Northwestern. The Wildcat duo of Maddie Lipp and Nida Hamilton struck first with an 8-2 victory at No. 2 over Ronit Yurovsky and Laura Ucros. The No. 1 match came down to the wire in a tiebreak with the Wolverines' Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender holding on for an 8-7 (8) win. Sarah Lee and Amy Zhu clinched the match's first point for Michigan with an 8-6 victory at No. 3.

    NU got out to a hot start in singles play, winning the first set in five of six matches, but Michigan responded by winning four second sets. Veronica Corning had two match points against 10th-ranked Emina Bektas but could not convert as Bektas rattled off seven straight games to win 2-6, 7-5, 6-0. Alicia Barnett got the Wildcats on the board with a three set win over Sarah Lee, but Michigan quickly got itself within one point of the championship after senior Brooke Bolender erased a 6-0 first set loss on her way to a 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

    Northwestern rallied late, capturing the final three matches in exciting fashion. Lok Sze Leung played a lengthy match with Amy Zhu, but Leung came away with a straight set win, 7-5, 7-5. Northwestern needed Nida Hamilton to win at No. 6 to stay alive, and Hamilton obliged with a 7-6 (4) third set tiebreaker victory. After trailing 5-2 in the third set, Belinda Niu battled her way to five straight games, winning her match 7-5 and clinching the title for Northwestern.