Northwestern Captures Sixth Consecutive Big Ten Championship With Sweep Over Ohio State
May 2, 2004
EVANSTON, Ill. - The stage was set Sunday for Northwestern, and the Wildcats performed like champions.
Clinching its sixth-straight Conference title, top-seeded Northwestern swept No. 6 Ohio State, 4-0, in the championship final of the 2004 Big Ten Women's Tennis Championship.
In front of a capacity crowd indoors at the Combe Tennis Center on the Wildcat campus, Northwestern dominated both the singles and doubles competition, having either won or held the lead in abandoned matches in each of the nine pairings.
"I am just elated for the team," said head coach Claire Pollard, whose teams have never lost in tournament play. "It is hard to put into words how great winning six in a row is, especially in front of a great home crowd. This was definitely a special event. I am in awe of the team--I am just so proud of everyone."
Northwestern (23-4, 9-1) captured the doubles point with strong performances at each slot. Cristelle Grier and Jessica Rush, ranked No. 3 in the nation, recorded the Wildcats' first win of the day with an 8-4 victory over Ohio State's Erica Fisk and Jackie Leskovar.
Shortly thereafter, Andrea Yung and Ruth Barnes ousted Lindsey Adams and Emily DeCamilla, 8-2, at No. 3, while Alexis Prousis and Jamie Peisel led Lindsay Williams and Meaghan Colville, 8-7, when their match at No. 2 was abandoned.
Grier quickly put another tally on the board at No. 1singles, topping Williams in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.
Prousis followed with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Leskovar at No. 3 singles, and Rush sealed the championship win for the Wildcats at the No. 2 slot, with a 6-1, 6-3 decision over Fisk.
The remaining singles matches were abandoned with the Wildcats holding an advantage in all.
Peisel, who provided the heroics and clinched the win for the Wildcats in Saturday's semifinal win over Michigan, led DeCamilla at No. 4, 6-2, 4-6, 2-1.
Yung held a 6-3, 4-3 lead over Adams at No. 5, while Connie Chiang was a first-set 7-5 winner over Bryan, despite trailing 3-0 in the second.
The Buckeyes, who battled through four tough matches in a span of four days, finishes its season at 12-13.
As the conference's automatic selection for the postseason tournament, Northwestern will now wait for the NCAA Selection Show on ESPNews at 3:35 p.m. on May 5 to see what seed it will be.