Men’s tennis looking to upset No. 17 Alabama this weekend (Men’s Tennis)

Tania Ganguli

Ask any member of the Northwestern men’s tennis team about taking on No. 17 Alabama on Saturday, and they’ll have four words for you:

“We are very confident.”

And then four more words:

“We are so excited.”

Riding the momentum of their upset over No. 28 Arkansas, the Wildcats (3-0) hope to repeat against the Crimson Tide (2-0) Saturday in front of their home fans at the Combe Tennis Center.

“We obviously know they’re an unbelievable team,” sophomore Tommy Hanus said. “But we’re staying confident, because we’re a good team.”

Alabama, with No. 39 Maxim Belski of Russia and No. 63 Stephen Mitchell of South Africa as well as the No. 8 and No. 50 doubles duos, also is looking to remain undefeated.

According to Torricelli, the bottom half of the Cats’ singles line-up, No. 4 Chuck Perrin, No. 5 Adam Schaechterle and No. 6 Ahmed Wahla, will be key this weekend. In the past three dual matches, Schaechterle has won all of his first sets, but his record is only 1-2.

“I’ve learned a lesson every week,” freshman Schaechterle said. “Last week I learned that when the chances are there, you’ve got to take them. I was up, and I played a little tentatively.”

NU (3-0) vs. No. 17 Alabama (2-0)

4 p.m. Saturday

Combe Tennis Center