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Women’s tennis season concludes with loss to Princeton in the NCAA tournament

Northwestern headed into the NCAA tournament looking to make some noise in Washington. The ‘Cats had just earned their 24th consecutive tournament bid, but would have had to upset a couple of squads to reach the quarterfinals, the program’s previous high-water mark. Unfortunately, Northwestern didn’t earn the chance to compete with the tenth-seeded Washington Huskies, falling to Princeton in the opening round, 4-1.

The Tigers opened the match by claiming the doubles point with wins at first and third doubles, before capitalizing on the point with a victory at fifth singles, building a quick 2-0 hole. Julie Byrne provided Northwestern with a sliver of hope after delivering a 6-3, 6-3 win at first singles, putting the match back in the balance.