No. 7 Northwestern shuts out No. 10 Michigan State, 4-0
April 27, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS - Northwestern finalized Friday's quarterfinal slate with a shut-out victory over Michigan State to close out day one competition of the 2006 Big Ten Championship.
The seventh-seeded Wildcats started off strong, capturing the doubles point for the second time this year against the Spartans. Marc Dwyer and Juan Gomez dispatched Michigan State's Mike Brown and Scott Rasmussen, 8-2, at No. 3 doubles, and Willy Lock and Christian Tempke followed that winning effort with a 9-7 decision against Purdue's John Allare and Mike Flowers at No. 2 doubles to put Northwestern up 1-0.
Dwyer opened the Wildcat's singles campaign with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over the Spartan's Flowers in the No. 4 spot, followed by Schaechterle's 7-5, 6-3 win over Rassmusen to set Northwestern up at 3-0. Juan Gomez clinched the NU win, dispatching Allare in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. The Wildcats improved to 6-5 in Big Ten play and 12-9 overall, and face defending champion and second seed Illinois on Friday at 2 p.m.