Northwood (Mich.) heads to Round of 16 after defeating Grand Valley State 5-2
MIDLAND, Mich. -- Northwood (Mich.) claimed a 5-2 win against Grand Valley State in the NCAA tournament on Tuesday afternoon.
Northwood is now 21-1 overall with the win. GVSU's season came to an end at 24-7.
The key to the match may have been the Timberwolves' strong play in doubles. Northwood posted early breaks in all three matches and eventually won all of them by the same 8-5 score.
Leading 3-0 heading into singles, NU needed just two wins in six singles matches to advance. The Lakers did take two of the first three points in singles, thanks to wins at No. 6 and No. 3 singles. But the top of the Northwood lineup proved to the difference. Ayana Kobayashi played one of her best matches of the year at No. 2 singles, posting a 6-1, 6-1 win to get the Timberwolves to four points. GLIAC Player of the Year Susana Alcaraz then finished off the Northwood victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles.
Both the Northwood men's and women's team will now advance to the Round of 16 in Surprise, Arizona.