April 29, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn - The Michigan Wolverines and Northwestern Wildcats have monopolized the final match at the Big Ten Championship the past three years. However, the result has always been the same. This year was no different as the Wildcats swept Michigan 4-0 to claim their record tying ninth consecutive Big Ten crown.
While the No. 10 doubles duo in the country of Alexis Prousis and Georgia Rose made quick work of Wolverines Jenny Kuehn and Chisako Sugiyama, 8-2, closer battles were being waged at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. The Wildcats ultimately took two of three matches for the doubles point when Lauren Lui and Keri Robison knocked off Wolverines Kara Delicata and Tania Mahtani, 8-4.
Northwestern took the important one point advantage into singles play and never looked back, dropping only seven games en route to the title. Freshman Lauren Lui started the Wildcats run when she extended her ten-match winning streak by defeating Mahtani 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 4 spot.
Soon after, Nazlie Ghazal claimed the third match for Northwestern at No. 6 singles, blanking Allie Shafner 6-0, 6-0 to put the Wildcats one point away from victory.
Prousis picked up the fourth and decisive point for the Wildcats and her second win of the day with 6-1, 6-2 wins over Delicata at No. 3.
With the win, Northwestern tallied its 11th overall Big Ten title and tied Indiana's 1987-1995 run with nine-straight Big Ten titles of its own (1999-2007).