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Women’s tennis season comes to an end against No. 3 North Carolina

Women’s tennis season comes to an end against No. 3 North Carolina
(Daily file photo by Sophie Mann)

By Mike Marut

In a valiant effort to try to topple its first top-5 ranked opponent since 2014, Northwestern came up short to No. 3 North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Championships, 4-2.

The match had a tough start with the Wildcats losing the doubles point, but sophomore Alex Chatt quickly earned NU its first singles point of the day. Half of all singles matches went to a third set.

Sophomore Maddie Lipp at court No. 2, senior Alicia Barnett at court No. 3 and junior Brooke Rischbieth at court No. 6 all gave their opponents runs for their money. The only other singles victory came from Lipp and the final blow came from Rischbieth’s loss at No. 6.

The Wildcats end the season with a 14-11 overall record.

Morning Roundup: May 5, 2016

Morning Roundup: May 5, 2016
(Daily file photo by Sophie Mann)

Wednesday night was one Northwestern fans would probably like to forget. The baseball and softball teams each traveled to Chicago-based schools, UIC and DePaul respectively, and both lost in walkoff fashion.

  • Melissa Haniff takes you through the softball loss, which endangered the team’s chances at an NCAA Tournament bid.
  • Max Gelman recaps the baseball loss, putting the game in the context of a season filled with losing.
  • In our next installment of ‘Curtain Call’, Mike Marut profiles women’s tennis senior Alicia Barnett and her growth through tough losses on and off the court.
  • Dan Waldman previewed the lacrosse team’s opening Big Ten Tournament match, which is taking place in Evanston this year.
  • Joe Wilkinson takes a look at the women’s golf team and its chances on advancing past the NCAA Regionals.
  • More Wildcats won awards, and even more Wildcats were selected for tournaments.

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

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Women’s tennis eliminated from Big Ten tournament

Women’s tennis eliminated from Big Ten tournament
(Daily file photo by Sophie Mann)

Eight days after snapping Michigan’s 37-game Big Ten win streak, Northwestern couldn’t put on a repeat performance as the Wolverines swept the Wildcats 4-0 in the Big Ten tournament semifinals Saturday.

After dropping the doubles point, the Wildcats lost singles matches at No. 5 by Jillian Rooney, No. 3 by Alicia Barnett and No. 4 by Alex Chatt. Saturday was the first time Northwestern got swept since March 25 against Texas Tech.

Michigan will go on to face Ohio State for the conference title.

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