Northwestern women's tennis (3-4) played a doubleheader on Sunday, where they fell to the No. 17 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-5), 4-2, but defeated an undermanned UIC squad (3-1), 4-0.
Northwestern took an early advantage versus Georgia Tech by winning the doubles point. The ‘Cats had another strong performance from Hannah McColgan, who teamed up with Caroline Pozo to defeat Georgia Tech 6-4 on Court 2. The powerful pair of Christina and Clarissa Hand played beautifully in this match, as they conquered Court 3.
Although Northwestern won the doubles point, the singles matches cost the Wildcats the game.
Over on Court 2, Inci Ogut lost very quickly to Victoria Flores by scores of 2-6, 2-6 to tie the game at 1-1. Julie Byrne struggled out of the gate, and found herself in an early 1-4 hole in her first set, but was able to bounce back. Her comeback bid fell short, however, as she lost to Kenya Jones of Georgia Tech by scores of 5-7, 1-6. The lone bright spot for Northwestern this morning was Christina Hand. She had a fabulous performance in her doubles match, and had the lone win of the day for Northwestern in singles. She defeated Monika Dedaj by a score of 6-3, 7-5 to give Northwestern another point. Clarissa Hand and Pozo lost their matches on Courts 3 and 4, respectively, to clinch the win for Georgia Tech.
The second leg of the doubleheader was much more friendly to Northwestern. In the doubles point, UIC forfeited the match on Court 3, giving the ‘Cats an upper hand. On Court 1, Julie Byrne and Inci Ogut took care of business and won the doubles point for Northwestern.
In singles, Northwestern had no problem finishing off UIC. On Court 6, UIC also forfeited the match and gave Northwestern a 2-0 lead. On the other courts, each Northwestern player took a controlling lead in their matches. On Court 1, Lejla Colic surrendered versus Julie Byrne in their first game, giving Byrne the win by a score of 4-0. Pozo bounced back from an uneven performance earlier and dominated her opponent, securing the win for Northwestern.
Looking ahead, Northwestern will take on the Baylor Bears in Waco, Texas next Sunday at 1 p.m.