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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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