Women’s Tennis: Northwestern competes at home in Wildcat Invite


Daily file photo by Alison Albelda

Inci Ogut hits the ball. The sophomore won the championship match of her portion of the bracket during the Wildcat Invite.

Andrew Golden, Sports Editor

Women’s Tennis

Northwestern and 13 other teams took part in the Wildcat Invite this weekend, a three-day tournament in Evanston. A number of Wildcats players took part in singles and doubles matches against opponents across the country.

On the first day of the tournament, every NU competitor who played won their first match. The Cats were led by freshman Christina Hand and sophomore Inci Ogut, who won both of their matches Friday. Junior Caroline Pozo and sophomore Vanessa Streng also won their opening matches, but Pozo suffered a setback in her second match.

The second day was strictly doubles matches, and NU was represented by the duos of Hand and Ogut and Pozo and Streng. While the partnership of Pozo and Streng got out in the first round of the bracket, Hand and Ogut found a rhythm, rattling off four straight wins and taking the doubles’ bracket championship.

On the final day, two Cats had the chance to win their respective brackets. Hand matched up against Columbia’s Melissa Sakar and lost in the final in three sets. But Ogut was able to come out of the weekend with a championship, winning the championship match of the E bracket in three sets.

The Wildcats will have three more tournaments in the fall before taking a break until the winter. NU is headed to the ITA All-American Championships for their next competition in Tulsa, Ok.

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