May 16, 2013
2013 NCAA Tournament Interactive Bracket
Turvy Perseveres Through Injury
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern makes its 10th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament round of 16 Friday as the 11th-seeded Wildcats take on sixth-seeded Miami (Fla.) on Friday in Urbana, Ill.
First serve is slated for 4 p.m at Atkins Tennis Center. The winner advances to Sunday's quarterfinal around against the winner of the match between third-seeded Texas A&M and 14th-seeded Virginia.
Northwestern is offering a fan bus free of charge to watch the 'Cats in action. The bus leaves at 1 p.m. and returns following the match. Free food and a ticket to the match are included. For more information, visit the Promotions page.
The Wildcats (20-8) advanced to Urbana by defeating UIC 4-0 in an opening-round matchup before knocking off Baylor 4-2 in the second round.
Northwestern met up with the Hurricanes Feb. 10 in Charlottesville, Va., with the Wildcats posting a 4-2 win at the ITA Indoor Team Championships. NU earned the doubles point before getting singles wins from Kate Turvy, Veronica Corning and Belinda Niu with the latter two coming over ranked foes.
The 'Cats have prepared themselves for postseason competition by playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation. Of Northwestern's 28 dual match opponents so far this season, 23 have been ranked, including 22 in the top 40.
The Wildcats won a Big Ten title for the 15th-straight season this year, defeating No. 38 Indiana, No. 16 Nebraska and No. 6 Michigan. NU avenged regular-season losses to both the Cornhuskers and the Wolverines to win their 14th conference tourney crown in 15 years.
Turvy, a first-team All-Big Ten selection for the third-straight season, leads NU with a No. 57 ranking in singles play. Despite battling a shoulder injury, she has battled back to win 11 of her last 12 matches dating back to March 27.
Doubles partners Nida Hamilton and Linda Abu Mushrefova have also been on a roll in singles play with each posting 12 straight wins. Mushrefova posted a perfect 14-0 record against Big Ten opponents this season. In doubles, the duo is No. 14 in the most recent ITA rankings.
Miami (22-5) finished fourth in the ACC during the regular season with an 8-3 record before winning the tournament title, posting wins over No. 22 Georgia Tech, No. 2 North Carolina and No. 30 Florida State. The Hurricanes notched 4-0 wins over North Florida and Purdue to move on to the round of 16.
In doubles play, Lina Lilekite and Stephanie Wagner are ranked No. 44 while Melissa Bolivar and Clementina Riobueno are No. 87. Miami's singles lineup features four ranked players: Wagner (60), Kelsey Laurente (81), Riobueno (102) and Lilekite (105).
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