Historic men’s tennis season ends in NCAA Regionals

Historic men’s tennis season ends in NCAA Regionals
(Daily file photo by Daniel Tian)

Northwestern couldn’t shake Stanford on Sunday, losing in the NCAA Regionals 4-3 as it’s historic season came to a close.

All eyes at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center turned to junior Konrad Zieba’s match with Tom Fawcett as the deciding match. Zieba came back from a 5-1 deficit in the first set, winning 7-5, but was shutout in the second set. An intense third set ensued, as Zieba saved multiple match points, but unfortunately for the Wildcats Fawcett prevailed as Stanford advanced.

The match began with NU capturing a dramatic doubles point. After the Cats won at No. 2 doubles and lost at No. 3, it all was up to the team of senior Fedor Baev and junior Strong Kirchheimer. Kirchheimer was broken serving for the set, but the duo managed to break back after winning a marathon point to win the set 7-5. NU had only lost once after winning the doubles point going into the match.

Singles play began poorly for the Cats as the fell behind in a number of matches as Baev and freshman Ben Vandixhorn lost in straight sets to put the team behind 2-1.

The match drew even when junior Strong Kirchheimer continued his domination of No. 3 singles with a 6-0, 6-4 win.

After junior Sam Shropshire won his match, junior Alp Horoz gave up a lead in the second set to fall 6-4, 6-4 and leave the match at 3 points apiece.

Zieba’s singles match was the last to conclude. NU ended arguably their best season ever with a 26-5 record.

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