Northwestern claims regional title for 10th year in a row with 4-2 win vs. Baylor
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern claimed an NCAA regional title for the 10th consecutive year as the Wildcats defeated Baylor 4-2 on Saturday at Combe Tennis Center.
NU advances to Urbana, Ill., where it will compete in the round of 16 on Friday against Miami (Fla.). The Wildcats defeated the Hurricanes 4-2 at the ITA Indoor Team Championships on Feb. 10.
Saturday's matchup between NU and the Bears was the second of the year between the teams. On Feb. 24, Northwestern notched a 4-1 victory against Baylor at home.
The Wildcats surged out to the early advantage in doubles play, going up a break at Nos. 2 and 3. The pairing of Alicia Barnett and Veronica Corning dominated Kiah Generette and Alex Leatu, posting an 8-2 victory for their 13th-consecutive win.
At No. 3, Belinda Niu and Kate Turvy maintained their early break throughout and then got another one late as they clinched the doubles point for NU with an 8-3 win against Jordan Sanford and Alex Clay.
Each team managed to win three opening sets in singles play. The Bears evened the match at one when Ema Burgic completed a 6-0, 6-2 win against Corning at No. 1.
Baylor briefly took the match lead when Sanford took down Niu 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3, but minutes later Hamilton completed her 6-0, 6-2 victory against Leatu at No. 6, making it 2-2.
Meanwhile, Mushrefova was locked in a close battle with Generette at the No. 4 spot. She was tied 4-4 with Generette in her first set before breaking her serve and then holding to win 6-4. She was then able to close things out in the second, 6-3, bringing Northwestern within one victory of the match win.
Just moments later, 57th-ranked Turvy finished off Victoria Kisialeva 6-3, 6-3, giving the Wildcats their 10th consecutive trip to the Round of 16.