May 15, 2006
Pack your bags Wildcat fans, Northwestern's ninth-ranked and 11th-seeded women's tennis team is headed to the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships' round of 16 after beating Purdue 4-1 Saturday at the Combe Tennis Center. NU took the doubles point then fought off the Boilermakers in singles play to secure their spot in the tournament's "Sweet 16" for the fifth time in six years. NU is slated to face sixth-seeded Georgia Tech in its third-round matchup.
"They (Purdue) were very impressive," head coach Claire Pollard said. "You know, in the doubles we were in control the whole way, but the singles, wow, they played excellent tennis. I think it's good for the Big Ten, and hopefully that's a good sign of things to come."
The Wildcats began the day by taking a 1-0 lead after clinching the doubles point.