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    Northwestern's 2010 Fall Season Begins at Nike Duke Invite

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Maria Mosolova is ranked No. 6 in the Campbell's/ITA College Tennis preseason poll.
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    Senior Maria Mosolova is ranked No. 6 in the Campbell's/ITA College Tennis preseason poll.
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    Sept. 15, 2010

    Duke Invite Singles and Doubles Draws Get Acrobat Reader

    Northwestern Women's Tennis Facebook Fan Page

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Head coach Claire Pollard begins her 13th season at the helm for Northwestern this weekend when the Wildcats open the 2010 fall tournament season at the Nike Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C. Fans looking to track NU's progress throughout the season have a new way of doing so thanks to the recently debuted Wildcat social networking platforms.

    Click here or on the link at the top of the page to access the official Northwestern women's tennis Facebook page, which includes news updates, video blogs and coaching tips from Claire Pollard and links to NU's Twitter feed and YouTube channel. Explore photo galleries and highlight videos from the team's matches and be sure to click the 'Like' button to stay in touch with other Wildcat fans throughout the year!

    Duke the Site of Season-Opening Tournament
    Northwestern's individual season officially begins at the Nike Duke Invitational on Friday with two rounds of doubles followed by singles. The tournament will consist of three singles draws of 16 players and three draws of eight doubles teams each. Joining the 'Cats in Durham will be top talent drawn from Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Princeton and Alabama as well as Big Ten opponents from Purdue, Wisconsin and Illinois.

    Draw sheets for this weekend's tournament are available in PDF format at the top of the page. Complete Northwestern results and tournament brackets will be available on NUsports.com at the end of each day of competition.

    Mosolova Featured in ITA Preseason Rankings
    The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released the Campbell's/ITA College Tennis Preseason Rankings earlier this week, in which Northwestern's Maria Mosolova earned a No. 6 singles ranking to begin her senior campaign. The three-time All-American and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year is 109-28 in her accomplished career and, as Northwestern's lone senior on the 2010-11 squad, will be assuming even more of a role as a team leader.

    Following a 2010 dual season in which it finished the season ranked No. 7 nationally, Northwestern is tasked with replacing the No. 2 and 3 singles players in last year's lineup, Samantha Murray and Lauren Lui. In the mix to do so will be a pair of juniors, Stacey Lee (18-5 in 2010) and Elena Chernyakova (9-5). Three sophomores who made significant contributions as freshmen -- Linda Abu Mushrefova, Kate Turvy and Brittany Wowchuk -- also will be assuming elevated roles in 2010-11.

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