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Northwestern qualifies for ITA Team Championship with wins over UCF, Miami

By Neel Madhavan
Medill Reports

Northwestern University sophomore Caroline Pozo – roughly midway through the third set of her match against Miami’s Carla Girbau – noticed that teammate Inci Ogut had just defeated her opponent in a three-set battle on the adjacent court.

Ogut’s 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 win over Miami’s Yuna Ito at the No. 4 position tied the team match score at 3-3.

That set the stakes. Pozo’s match at No. 6 would determine which team would head to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Team Championship.

“I noticed when Inci won, and I was just like, alright, here we go,” Pozo said. “But, I didn’t really think about it like that. I tried to just stay in the moment and not think ahead, not think about last year.”

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Northwestern freshman Clarissa Hand ready for challenge of leading Wildcats

By Neel Madhavan
Medill Reports

When freshman Clarissa Hand arrived in Evanston in the fall, she didn’t quite know where she’d fit into Northwestern University’s tennis lineup.

Fast forward to the winter/spring dual-match season, and Hand is leading the Wildcats at the No. 1 singles and doubles positions.

“It’s a lot to ask of a freshman,” head coach Claire Pollard said. “She’s got a lot to learn, but I think we’re going to have a lot of fun watching her grow over the four years.”

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Wildcats’ championship aspirations set on high – team opens dual-match season with win against UIC

By Neel Madhavan
Medill Reports

The Northwestern University women’s tennis team cruised to a 7-0 win over the University of Illinois-Chicago to open the winter/spring dual-match season on Friday night at Combe Tennis Center in Evanston.

“I thought it was a good start,” head coach Claire Pollard said. “We have lots of things to work through. I thought our opposition were very crafty and unpredictable. Looking ahead to Sunday, we’re going to play a team that’s really crafty too, so I think it was good for us.”

Coming off a Big Ten regular season championship and a Round of 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament last season, the Wildcats again have lofty expectations for the season ahead.
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