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Tennis: Struggles continue for both teams

Neither the men nor the women are finding their form early in the year.

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As the indoor tennis season rolls on, so do the difficulties for Claire Pollard and Arvid Swan’s tennis squads. On the men’s side, wins against Louisville and Kentucky were offset by losses to Oklahoma State and Duke.

Dominik Stary has established himself as the player that is going to maintain the one position in the lineup, but he hasn’t been able to become a catalyst for the team, losing two out of his last four matches and leaving the other two unfinished due to team matches concluding.

Against both Duke and Oklahoma State, the ‘Cats failed to pick up a single point, though resounding victories against the Cardinals and Wildcats (of the blue variety) were highlighted by a clean sweep in doubles, where NU picked up the point in both matches without any struggle.

Northwestern will be in Evanston this weekend to take on Vanderbilt and Harvard, with an eye towards picking up some momentum.

While the results are similar, there has to be a bit more disappointment thus far with the women’s team, which historically has had a lot more success than their male counterparts over the past decade.

The group is extremely young, with only one senior on the roster, and it lacks the upper echelon talent that previous teams have seen. That being said, this is a team that is built for the future, but this may become a tough year for Wildcat tennis.

Northwestern has dropped three out of its last five, with losses coming against Princeton, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt, and wins against Notre Dame and UIC. The ‘Cats will have a conference tune up against Baylor before facing off against Indiana.