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Men’s tennis advances to semifinals of Big Ten Tournament

Men’s tennis advances to semifinals of Big Ten Tournament
(Daily file photo by Leeks Lim)

By Benjy Apelbaum

Northwestern wasted no time during their dominating win in the Big Ten Tournament over Purdue. 

The No. 13 Wildcats earned a first-round bye after earning the No. 2 seed, defeating the Boilermakers 4-1. They improved over their 4-2 win against Purdue just over a month ago. 

The match began similarly to the previous contest with NU taking the doubles point, this time by virtue of a 7-5 win at No. 1 doubles and a 6-4 win at No. 2 doubles. 

Juniors Sam Shropshire and Strong Kirchheimer jumped out to easy wins in singles play, winning their matches by scores of 6-1, 6-2, and 6-1, 6-0, respectively. These matches put the Cats ahead 3-0 overall before senior Fedor Baev lost 5-7, 3-6. 

Alp Horoz then closed out the match with a 6-4, 6-3 win to send NU to the semifinals. All three singles winners Friday also won their matches the last time the Cats faced the Boilermakers. 

NU now will face off against the winner of No. 17 Illinois and Penn State on Saturday. The Cats defeated both teams in their most recent matchups, but were swept by the fighting Illini earlier in the season. 

Women’s tennis advances to Big Ten Tournament semifinals

Women’s tennis advances to Big Ten Tournament semifinals
(Daily file photo by Leeks Lim)

By Mike Marut

After a bye into the second round of the Big Ten Tournament, Northwestern faced host Michigan State, whom the Wildcats had just beat handily last weekend, and defeated the Spartans 4-1.

This tournament match was no different as NU took the doubles point quickly with wins from the No. 1 and No. 3 courts, who won 6-1 and 6-2, respectively. In singles play, sophomore Maddie Lipp took the upper hand quickly in her match, winning in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0.

Following Lipp was fellow sophomore Erin Larner at the No. 1 singles court. Larner also won in straight sets over opponent Erin Faulkner, 6-4, 6-2.  

Up 3-0 in the match, junior Jillian Rooney fell at No. 5 singles before sophomore Alex Chatt wrapped up the victory for the Cats. Chatt fought back from being down 3-2 in the second set to take the match 6-3, 6-4, battling her opponent at the No. 4 singles court.

Finishing off Spartans 4-1 means that the Cats will face Michigan in the semifinals after they knocked off Purdue 4-0. The post-season rematch will be more difficult than the match last weekend, when NU upset the Wolverines. Coach Claire Pollard has said recently the post-season brings more intense matches than the regular season, so a match pitting the Cats against Michigan could be even more electric than the regular season contest.

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Morning Roundup: April 29, 2016

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Morning Roundup: April 29, 2016
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The Northwestern men’s and women’s tennis teams kick off their Big Ten Tournament matches today after they each received a bye in the first round. Purdue will face the men’s team at 2 p.m. today, while the women’s team takes on Michigan State at 1 p.m. Read the tournament previews from earlier this week here: Men’s Tennis, Women’s Tennis

In other Northwestern sports news…

  • Three Wildcats from the men’s tennis team were named first-team All-Big Ten.
  • Dan Waldman discusses lacrosse trying to remain NCAA Tournament eligible.
  • Cole Paxton writes about the important of Kristen Wood returning to the circle for Northwestern softball.
  • The Baseball team is traveling to Indiana and the weather has already forced a rescheduling.
  • Last night was the first round of the NFL Draft, and the later rounds will take place today and tomorrow. Bobby Pillote and Max Schuman pondered the chances of Northwestern’s standouts earlier this week.
  • ICYMI, Ben Pope kicked off The Daily’s new running senior profile series ‘Curtain Call‘ with a profile on men’s soccer star Joey Calistri.

And here’s a look at Friday’s back page:

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Softball coach Kate Drohan wins 500th game at Northwestern

Softball coach Kate Drohan wins 500th game at Northwestern
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By Cole Paxton

Kate Drohan won her 500th game at the helm of the Wildcats in Wednesday’s 9-1 win over crosstown rival Loyola.

Drohan is in her 15th season leading Northwestern. She served as an assistant for four seasons before taking over the head coaching position ahead of the 2002 season. 

Drohan has led the Cats to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances. NU has won two Big Ten championships and advanced to a pair of Women’s College World Series under her direction. 

Drohan ranks second on the all-time wins list, trailing long-time coach Sharon Drysdale. In 23 years leading the Cats, Drysdale won 640 games. 

The Cats return to action with a three-game weekend series at Wisconsin. 

Morning Roundup: April 26, 2016

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Not much news to report with every team off Monday, but we continued with our recaps from over the weekend. What you need to know…

And here is Tuesday’s back page:

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Morning Roundup: April 25, 2016

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Morning Roundup: April 25, 2016
(Source: NU Athletics)

This past weekend was one of extreme highs and lows for Northwestern. The women’s golf team won its second-straight Big Ten Championship, men’s tennis set a new program record with 24 wins and softball earned a much-needed sweep. On the flipside, the lacrosse team dropped an important match to Penn State, putting a potential NCAA Tournament berth at risk, and baseball continued its Big Ten woes at home. What you need to know…

  • Joe Wilkinson recaps what might be Northwestern’s next dynasty in the women’s golf team.
  • Garrett Jochnau discusses a mixed bag of emotions for men’s tennis despite setting a new program record.
  • Claire Hansen writes about the lacrosse team’s danger of missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.
  • Mike Marut illustrates an emotional weekend for women’s tennis.
  • Max Schuman explores the upcoming men’s basketball season, specifically regarding NU’s non-conference schedule.
  • Bites from the weekend: Letourneau joins “Roof Club”, Football players sing national anthem.

Here’s a look at Monday’s front page, featuring the women’s golf team, and back page:

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WATCH: Football players sing national anthem before softball

Before Sunday’s series finale between Northwestern and Michigan State, junior offensive lineman Ian Park and junior wide receiver Austin Carr sang the national anthem as part of softball’s Senior Day festivities. The two were a part of the “Hype Squad”, comprised of Wildcat athletes, that cheers on the softball team in the right field bleachers. NU went on to win the game 10-4 and swept Michigan State.

Here are some other pictures of the Hype Squad at Sunday’s game:

Men’s tennis sets new program record with 24 wins

The match came down to the wire, but Northwestern defeated Penn State 4-2 this afternoon for its 24th win of the season, setting a new program record. Junior Strong Kirchheimer clinched in the third set of his match at No. 3 singles, defeating Matt Barry 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. The Wildcats finish the regular season at 24-3 with a Big Ten record of 10-1.

Going into next week’s Big Ten Tournament, the Wildcats will have the No. 2 seed.

WATCH: Amy Letourneau joins ‘Roof Club’

On Friday, senior Amy Letourneau joined the esteemed “Roof Club” against Michigan State. Her 3-run home run landed on the roof of McGaw Hall beyond the left field fence and was the 10th Northwestern bomb ever to reach the roof. Letourneau became the seventh Wildcat in school history to hit a roof shot and first since Olivia Duehr last season.

NU won the game 8-0 in five innings, run-ruling the Spartans.

Morning Roundup: April 22, 2016

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Morning Roundup: April 22, 2016
(Daily file photo by Daniel Tian)

It’s been a season to remember thus far for Northwestern’s men’s tennis squad. With a 23-2 record, tied for their winningest season ever, the Wildcats are poised to make history with a win this weekend over either Ohio State or Penn State. Additionally, with every spring sport playing, this weekend is full of action.  Below is a roundup of what you need to know…

  • In case you missed it, Maggie Lyon signed with Chicago’s WNBA team last night.
  • Benjy Apelbaum previews a potentially historic weekend for men’s tennis.
  • Dan Waldman writes about lacrosse’s quest for vengeance.
  • Max Gelman discusses how pitching will be extra-important for the baseball team.
  • Cole Paxton describes a softball team that’s feeling a bit of pressure.
  • Khadrice Rollins opined about why it’s important to appreciate Northwestern sports.
  • More weekend previews: Women’s Tennis, Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf, Cross Country

And here’s a look at Friday’s back page:

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