EVANSTON, Ill.—Despite a hard-fought effort, the Miami University women’s tennis team dropped a 4-0 decision to host Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon. Miami (17-7, 7-1 MAC) lost the doubles point in addition to three singles matches and the win advances Northwestern (17-6, 10-1 Big Ten) on to Saturday’s second-round match against Notre Dame.

“Overall it was another great competitive experience for the team,” said head coach Anca Dumitrescu. “We had opportunities to win the first set at 3 and 4 and we were leading on court 5 in the second seat. The girls fought well but Northwestern played the key points a little better. We need to continue to build in our consistency and toughness but I am very pleased with the progress we made this year as a team.”

In doubles play, Miami’s No. 1 tandem of senior Nimisha Mohan and sophomore Andreea Badileanu lost by a score of  8-2. Playing at No. 2 singles, juniors Alix Thurman and Christine Guerrazzi were downed by Northwestern, 8-2. Miami’s No. 3 team consisting of senior Christiana Raymond and sophomore Ana Rajkovic were losing by a score of 6-4 when their match was abandoned after the doubles point had been decided.

In singles action, Mohan fell first at No. 1, 6-1, 6-2. Badileanu lost next at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-3. Finally, RedHawk sophomore Ana Rajkovic turned in a 6-3, 6-3 loss at No. 6 singles to give the Wildcats the match win and send them on to the Regional Championship tomorrow at 1 p.m. (EST).

Miami ends the season with a 91-42 record in singles action in addition to a 32-31 clip in doubles play.

Singles

No. 1 – Veronica Corning (NU) def. Nimisha Mohan (MIAMI), 6-1, 6-2

No. 2 – Belinda Niu (NU) def. Andreea Badileanu (MIAMI), 6-0, 6-3

No. 3 – Alicia Barnett (NU) vs. Christiana Raymond (MIAMI), 7-6, 3-3 (unfinished)

No. 4 – Manon Peri (NU) vs. Alix Thurman (MIAMI), 7-6, 5-2 (unfinished)

No. 5 – Lok Sze Leung (NU) vs. Christine Guerrazzi (MIAMI), 6-3, 3-3 (unfinished)

No. 6 – Jillian Rooney (NU) def. Ana Rajkovic (MIAMI), 6-3, 6-3

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 6*

Doubles

No. 1 – #29 Veronica Corning / Alicia Barnett (NU) def. Nimisha Mohan / Andreea Badileanu (MIAMI), 8-2

No. 2 – #89 Nida Hamilton / Maddie Lipp (NU) def. Alix Thurman / Christine Guerrazzi (MIAMI), 8-2

No. 3- Belinda Niu / Brooke Rischbieth (NU) vs. Christiana Raymond / Ana Rajkovic (MIAMI), 6-4 (unfinished)

Order of Finish: 1, 2*