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Women’s tennis advances to Big Ten Tournament semifinals

Women’s tennis advances to Big Ten Tournament semifinals
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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 28, 2016

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Morning Roundup: April 28, 2016
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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.

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