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Tennis: Women move into top five, men split in Michigan

The women’s team has proved it’s one of the best.

Northwestern women’s and men’s tennis have been dominant in conference play, at 7-1 and 7-4, with the Wildcat women making noise on the national level.

Women’s tennis rose in the rankings to No. 4 this week after completing a four-game weekend road trip sweep, including beating No. 48 Wisconsin. The ‘Cats put up two 4-0 matches against Purdue and Indiana and beat Minnesota 4-3 as well.

Currently, two singles players and one duo are ranked in the top 100. The doubles pair of graduate student Julie Byrne and junior Hannah McColgan are ranked 54th while junior Clarissa Hand ranks 65th in singles and first year Maria Shusharina comes in at 89th.

With an overall record of 16-2, the women’s tennis team is currently on a six-match win streak. Its final three matches of the regular season will be on April 9 at Indiana, April 11 against Michigan at home and away at Illinois. They are poised for a deep postseason run and have been dominating the conference thus far, only falling to Michigan 4-2 on March 7.

Northwestern men’s tennis currently ranks No. 47 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) standings. They put up a strong 7-0 win against Michigan State on Friday, winning all matches. They fell to Michigan just two days later 4-3 but have five remaining matches of the regular season.

The ‘Cats are slated for weekend play against Minnesota and Wisconsin at home, two more away matches at Nebraska and Iowa and then return home for senior night against Illinois.