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Northwestern advances to second round of NCAA Tournament with win over Valparaiso

Northwestern advances to second round of NCAA Tournament with win over Valparaiso
(Daily file photo by Daniel Tian)

Northwestern defeated a feisty Valparaiso team 4-1 Saturday to advance a round of 32 NCAA Tournament matchup with Stanford.

The match began well for NU when it won the doubles point with victories at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. This has become a trend for the Cats as juniors Konrad Zieba and Sam Shropshire and junior Alp Horoz and senior Mihir Kumar have winning streak of four and six matches, respectively.

NU got off to a strong start in singles when they won 5-of-6 first sets. Shropshire quickly took care of business and won 6-3, 6-2 to give the Cats a 2-0 lead.

Senior Fedor Baev got off to a shaky start in his match, but even after he regained his form in the second set, his opponent’s excellent serving was too much and caused Baev to fall 6-2, 7-5.

After cruising in the first set, Kirchheimer found himself down 5-3 in the second and forced to break serve to avoid a third set. After doing so, he reeled off four straight games to win the match, his 13th in a row.

Two of the three remaining matches went to third sets and freshman Ben Vandixhorn secured the final point with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory.

On Sunday, the Cats will host No. 29 Stanford with their first berth in the round of 16 since 1997 on the line.

Morning Roundup: May 3, 2016

Morning Roundup: May 3, 2016
(Daily file photo by Keshia Johnson)

The Daily’s coverage of Northwestern’s weekend continues with today’s coverage. Below, take a look at the last of our recaps, and keep a lookout for some exciting features later this week.

  • Khadrice Rollins analyzed just how good the men’s tennis team has been this season.
  • Melissa Haniff recaps a successful series against Wisconsin.
  • Ben Pope reviews yet another sweep at the hands of a Big Ten rival for the baseball team.
  • Bobby Pillote took a closer look at the new NFL homes of former Northwestern football players.
  • Northwestern football will play Ohio State in prime time in a rematch of 2013’s ‘College Gameday’ contest.
  • Previous weekend recaps: LacrosseMen’s tennis, Women’s Tennis, Two Wildcats drafted

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


Three Wildcats make All-Big Ten Men’s Tennis First Team

Three Wildcats make All-Big Ten Men’s Tennis First Team
(Daily file photo by Daniel Tian)

After a historic regular season that saw the team break the school record for wins in the regular season, it’s no surprise that the Northwestern men’s tennis team would be in line for some conference-level recognition.

And on the heels of that marvelous season, juniors Konrad Zieba, Sam Shropshire, and Strong Kirchheimer were all named to the All-Big Ten first team, the Big Ten announced today.

The junior trio were rock-solid all season in the first three singles spots for the Wildcats. Zieba manned the No. 1 position for much of the season, compiling a 14-5 record in singles in dual matches this season en route to being a unanimous first team selection. Shropshire went 7-0 in singles during the conference season to earn his third consecutive first team berth. Meanwhile, Kirchheimer had the best singles record on the team this season, notching a 20-1 mark in dual matches.

In an already memorable season for the team, NU has now earned three spots on the conference’s 12-man first team for the first time since 1989. The Cats begin their quest for a Big Ten Tournament title on Friday.

Morning Roundup: April 28, 2016

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Morning Roundup: April 28, 2016
(Daily file photo by Daniel Tian)

Despite being below .500, Northwestern’s softball team has a great shot at an at-large bid into the 64-team NCAA Tournament thanks to a tough schedule that has them No. 47 in the RPI rankings. But wins don’t hurt either, and with Wednesday’s victory over Loyola, the Wildcats sit just three games back of .500 at 20-23. Cole Paxton recapped the win in NU’s final home game of the season.

In other news…

  • Softball’s win over Loyola also marked a big milestone for longtime coach Kate Drohan.
  • The Big Ten Tournaments in tennis are rapidly approaching, and the Cats are poised to take shots at the conference title in both the men’s and the women’s tournaments. Garrett Jochnau gets you ready for men’s tennis’ Big Tens run after a historic regular season, while Mike Marut previews women’s tennis’ quest to reclaim the conference title after coming on strong in Big Ten play.

And a look at Thursday’s back page: