April 6, 2009

Courtesy of Northwestern Athletics

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Coming off a spirited win over No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday, top-ranked Northwestern showed no signs of a letdown on Sunday as it coasted to a 7-0 defeat of Purdue at Combe Tennis Center. NU's victory, which stretched its conference winning streak to 70 matches, was the 37th win in 38 all-time meetings with the Boilermakers.

NU improves to 17-1 overall and 6-0 in the Big Ten in advance of its three-match road trip this week that covers William & Mary, Minnesota and Iowa.

Northwestern got off to a strong start at doubles, led by the No. 3 pairing of Elena Chernyakova and Samantha Murray, who downed Tatiana Ganzha and Kay Kay Magi 8-2. Chernyakova and Murray have won nine matches in a row and are 15-1 overall in dual action this season.

At second doubles, Maria Mosolova and Keri Robison trailed 5-3 against Remi Martin and Jennifer Rabot before rallying to take a 6-5 lead heading into their service game, which they held to go up 7-5. Robison finished it off two games later when she stepped to the net to slam home a winner as Northwestern won 8-6 and clinched the doubles point for the 17th time in 18 dual matches.

Georgia Rose and Lauren Lui were up a break for the majority of their No. 1 doubles match against Michelle Sammons and Stephanie Wooten. Up 7-5 in the match, Lui and Rose fell behind 40-0 before coming all the way back to deuce and eventually taking the game to win the match 8-5.

With Mosolova and Robison both absent from the singles lineup, Chernyakova played her first dual singles contest of the season and looked right at home, defeating Remi Martin 6-1, 6-0 at the sixth spot.

Chernyakova’s doubles partner was the second off the courts for Northwestern as Murray notched a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Stephanie Wooten at No. 2 to give NU a 3-0 lead. Murray is now 9-1 in her last 10 matches and 14-4 in dual contests.

Senior Nazlie Ghazal continued her torrid run of singles play with a 6-2, 6-3 victory against Tatiana Ganzha at the No. 4 spot. Ghazal won the first three games of the match and extended her streak of consecutive games won to 15 after her 6-0, 6-0 victory against Notre Dame on Saturday before Ganzha got on the board. Freshman Stacey Lee, meanwhile, bounced back from a loss on Saturday with a 6-2, 6-1 victory at fifth singles over Anna Dushkina.

Lui took on Rabot at third singles and, tied at four in the first, picked up the break she was looking for with an overhead slam to go ahead 5-4 before closing it out in her service game. She fell behind 3-0 in the second, however, and was unable to recover, losing 6-2. Lui turned the tables to take a 3-0 lead in the third and held on 6-3 to move to 13-5 in duals this year.

Rose played her second match of the year at the No. 1 spot and was in a tight battle with Sammons in the first set as it entered a set tiebreaker. The breaker was close from start to finish but back-to-back unforced errors by Sammons gave the set to Rose. It was a repeat performance in the second where Rose was forced to work overtime, outlasting Sammons in a tiebreaker 7-2 to win the match.

No. 1 Northwestern 7, Purdue 0
1: No. 20 Georgia Rose (NU) def. Michelle Sammons (PU), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2)
2: No. 46 Samantha Murray (NU) def. Stephanie Wooten (PU), 6-0, 6-1
3: No. 119 Lauren Lui (NU) def. Jennifer Rabot (PU), 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
4: Nazlie Ghazal (NU) def. Tatiana Ganzha (PU), 6-2, 6-3
5: Stacey Lee (NU) def. Anna Dushkina (PU), 6-2, 6-1
6: Elena Chernyakova (NU) def. Remi Martin (PU), 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 2, 4*, 5, 1, 3

1: No. 14 Lui/Rose (NU) def. Sammons/Wooten (PU), 8-5
2: No. 28 Mosolova/Robison (NU) def. Martin/Rabot (PU), 8-6
3: Chernyakova/Murray (NU) def. Ganzha/Magi (PU), 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1