April 28, 2006
After a grueling 4-3 win over Minnesota in Thursday's first round, Penn State was back on the court this morning taking on top-seeded Northwestern in quarterfinal action. The Wildcats, who finished the regular season 10-0, were playing their first contest of the weekend because of a bye and made short work of the Lady Lions.
At No. 1 doubles, Penn State's Sasha Abraham and Jenny Shular toughed it out against the tenth-ranked pair of Cristelle Grier and Alexis Prousis, trading games back and forth in the best-of-eight match. But their efforts were abandoned when Georgia Rose and Feriel Esseghir beat Katelyn BeVard and Lauren Holzberg 8-3 at No. 2. The second pair clinched the point for Northwestern because Jamie Peisel and Nazlie Ghazal had already won their match against Dorothy Dohanics and Leyla Morzan at the third doubles position.
From their Northwestern needed only three of six singles matches to come away with the win, and they got the necessary points in the first three completed matches. At No. 1 singles, Rose took down Abraham 6-1, 6-2, and Grier beat Andreea Niculescu 6-1, 6-1 in the no. 2 spot. At No. 5, Essigher sealed the win for the Wildcats by defeating Holzberg 7-5, 6-3.
With the win, Northwestern continues their campaign for eight-consecutive Big Ten Championships. Their effort continues Saturday at 10:00 a.m. against Purdue.