Quarterfinals: California (L, 2-4) - RESULTS, NOTES & QUOTES
Sweet 16: Fresno State (W, 4-0) - RESULTS, NOTES & QUOTES
Second Round: Kentucky (W, 4-1)
First Round: Miami (OH) (W, 4-0)
SCHOOL/RECORD: Northwestern (27-2) - #1
CONFERENCE: Big Ten
HEAD COACH/RECORD: Claire Pollard/337-111 (career); 264-52 (Northwestern)
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 21st
BEST NCAA FINISH: Quarterfinals (1986-87, 06, 08)
2009 TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: Northwestern has been ranked No.1 in every ranking period this season and in 24 of the past 25 rankings…The Wildcats clinched its 11th consecutive Big Ten Championship running through the Big Ten schedule with a perfect 10-0 record for the fifth straight year, upping their winning streak against Big Ten opponents to 74 matches… Northwestern's 10-0 Big Ten season featured eight 7-0 sweeps and two 6-1 victories (against second-place Michigan and third-place Illinois)…NU is seeking its 11th straight Big Ten tournament title…Only loss was to #2 Duke…2009 ITA National Indoor Team champions, defeating Georgia 4-1 in the finals on Feb. 16…10 of the previous 21 winners of the tournament went on to win the NCAA championship in the same season… Second consecutive one-loss regular season for NU.
PLAYER/COACH HIGHLIGHTS: Coached by Claire Pollard, former NCAA doubles champion (Mississippi State)…Pollard’s Northwestern teams have won at least 22 matches in 10 of the past 11 years...Pollard is the 2009 Big Ten Coach of the Year (second consecutive, fifth of career) and 2008 ITA National Coach of the Year; recently won her 250th match as head coach of the Wildcats (3/14 vs. Indiana).Boasts the nation’s top-ranked player in Maria Mosolova (2008 ITA All-American, 2008 ITA National Player to Watch, 2008 Midwest Region Player of the Year, 2-time Big Ten Player of the Year and 2008 Freshman of the Year)…currently have four players ranked in singles (Mosolova - #1, Rose - #20, Murray - #44 and Ghazal - #125)…Mosolova lost in last year’s NCAA Quarterfinals to 2005 NCAA Singles Champion, Zuzana Zemenova (Baylor)… 2009 All-Big Ten selections: Maria Mosolova, Georgia Rose, Samantha Murray and Lauren Lui … Four Wildcats (Mosolova, Murray, Lui and Nazlie Ghazal) have already topped the 30-win plateau this season … Murray won her first ITA Midwest Regional singles championship (10/27), keeping the title in Northwestern’s hands for the eighth straight year … Ghazal enters the Big Ten Championships on a team-best 13-match winning streak … Lui is 2009 ITA National Sportsmanship Award winner.