This weekend, the No. 29 Northwestern Women’s tennis team travelled to Lincoln, Nebraska to play in the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Tournament at the fifth seed against No. 25 Ohio State and No. 17 Michigan. The Wildcats beat Ohio State 4-0 on Friday, but lost 4-1 to Michigan on Saturday in the semi-final; after losing to Michigan, Northwestern will have to await until Monday to determine if they make the NCAA tournament.
In doubles, Byrne and first-year Hannah McColgan won 6-1 at No. 2, and second-years Rheeya Doshi and Inci Ogut won 6-3 at No. 3 to give Northwestern the point. The 'Cats followed up with a strong singles performance. First-year Clarissa Hand won 6-2, 6-3 on court # 1, third-year Julie Byrne won 6-4, 6-2 at # 2 and second-year Caroline Pozo clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-4 win at # 5. The Wildcats advanced to play the No. 1 Seed Wolverines the next morning.
On Saturday, the the ‘Cats ended their four-game winning streak after losing to Michigan. In doubles McColgan and Byrne won 6-2 at # 2 for Northwestern’s only doubles victory. McColgan continued her solid play in singles, where she was the sole Northwestern winner at # 5 after defeating Michigan’s Anca Craciun 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). Elsewhere, only Lee Orr was able to take her match to three sets after a dominant display by the Wolverines.
Michigan won the tournament for the second year in a row on Sunday. The Wildcats find out if they made the NCAA Tournament Monday evening.