May 15, 2012
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No. 13 Northwestern (20-8, 10-1 Big Ten) vs. No. 4 Stanford (20-1, 9-1 PAC 12)
Thursday, May 17
Dan Magill Tennis Complex (5,000)
Athens, Ga. 11 a.m. CDT
Streaming Video: NCAA.com
Live Results: GeorgiaDogs.com
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Northwestern Match Notes (PDF)
ATHENS, Ga. -- For the ninth straight year and the 12th time in the last 13 seasons, the Northwestern Wildcats have advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships. The 4th-seeded Stanford Cardinal will be NU's third round opponent for the second consecutive season when the tournament resumes Thursday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
In 2011, the 'Cats, then the 16th seed, faced the top-seeded defending national champions on their campus in Palo Alto, Calif. Northwestern, spurred by a victory from former Wildcat Maria Mosolova and current 'Cat Belinda Niu, captured the doubles point. NU secured a 2-1 later when Kate Turvy, playing No. 4, defeated Stacey Tan in straight sets. Ultimately, Stanford was able to outlast the Wildcats in a match that took close to five hours to complete and ended after 1:30 a.m. local time.
BIG TEN CHAMPS
Northwestern is no stranger to collecting hardware. In 14 seasons under head coach Claire Pollard
, the Wildcats have won 12 Big Ten regular season championships and 13 Big Ten Tournament crowns. The streak of 13 straight tournament titles has only been bettered by three schools nationwide all-time: Stanford (21), UIC (15) and Duke (14).
POLLARD PRAISED AGAIN
Northwestern head coach Claire Pollard was named the ITA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year for the fifth time in her illustrious career earlier this week. The Surrey, England, native also took home the distinction in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2008. Coaches are not eligible to win the award in back-to-back seasons, making Pollard's run even more impressive.
ALL-BIG TEN ACCOLADES
Three Northwestern student-athletes garnered 2012 All-Big Ten accolades at the conference's Big Ten Tournament banquet on April 26. Kate Turvy was a unanimous First Team selection where she is joined by teammate Belinda Niu for the second consecutive year. Junior Brittany Wowchuk earned a spot on the Second Team for the second year in a row as well.
Northwestern maintained its season-long presence near the top of the Campbell's/ITA poll when the latest rankings were released on May 8. The Wildcats are 12th in the poll and they have not been listed lower than 15th at any point this season. NU's best mark this season came on Feb. 28 when it was pegged eighth in the team poll.
TURVY IN THE TOURNAMENT
Junior Kate Turvy has enjoyed a remarkable season at the No. 1 singles position for the Wildcats. Turvy will represent the Wildcats in the field of 64 at the NCAA Singles Championship in Athens, Ga. later this month. The Dublin, Ohio, native posted 16 singles wins in dual matches, including eight against Big Ten opponents. In total, Turvy has faced 21 percent (13 of 63) of the field already this season and has gone 8-6.
FACING THE FIELD
Northwestern played 17 matches against the other 63 teams in the NCAA Championship field during the regular season. The Wildcats were 9-8 in those matches. Against the other 15 teams that remain, NU posted a record of 3-5 with wins coming against No. 7 North Carolina, No. 14 Virginia, and No. 15 Michigan (denotes NCAA Championship seed).
For more notes and information about the NCAA Championships, please click on the Northwestern match notes (PDF) near the top of the page. Information about live results and video streaming is also available above.
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