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Tennis: Top-10 women’s squad continues winning, men gain momentum

Undefeated weekends for both teams.

Northwestern Athletics

No. 7 Northwestern women’s tennis (14-2, 10-1 B1G) extended its winning streak to four games, defeating conference bottom-feeders Purdue and Indiana 4-0 each, while men’s tennis (7-4, 6-3 B1G) matched those results accordingly.

Women’s tennis

After securing the doubles point, the ‘Cats rode strong single performances from Clarissa Hand (no. 3 singles), Caroline Pozo (no. 5 singles) and Christina Hand (no. 6 singles) to sweep the Boilermakers. The Hand sisters made quick work of their opponents, yielding a combined four games between them. Pozo fought off Purdue’s Rut Galindo in the first set 7-5 before dominating the second 6-1 to seal the Wildcat victory.

NU mirrored that performance the next day against Indiana. A dominant win in doubles led to quick singles wins from Julie Byrne (no. 2 singles), Briana Crowley (no. 4 singles) and Christina Hand (no. 6 singles).

The ‘Cats are still undefeated at home and will travel to Minneapolis to take on the 3-8 Golden Gophers on Friday before playing Wisconsin two days later.

Full scores from the matches against Purdue and Indiana can be viewed here.

Men’s tennis

After falling to Illinois 4-1 on March 14, Northwestern bounced back with a win at Purdue. The Wildcats led off with a strong doubles showing from both Simen Bratholm/Nick Brookes and Natan Spear/Gleb Blekher before sweeping the first three singles matches thanks to the efforts of Brookes (no. 2 singles), Chris Ephron (no. 3 singles) and Trice Pickens (no. 4 singles).

NU followed that victory up with another road triumph in Bloomington. After the Wildcats took the doubles point, Brookes, Pickens and Blekher (no. 6 singles) won in singles to shut out the Hoosiers. While the latter two dispatched their opponents routinely, Brookes played a close match with Indiana’s Andrew Redding, a 7-5, 6-4 affair that clinched the victory for Northwestern.

Full scores from the matches against Purdue and Indiana can be viewed here.

The ‘Cats have a four-game homestand starting Friday against Michigan State.