Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Big Ten heats up as conference play begins

March 2, 2010
We're in the final two months of the season as everyone prepares for conference play. The pressure was on in Big Ten Tennis this past weekend:

Illinois-The Illini men took the doubles point, but dropped the match at Florida, as the Gators homecourt advantage added up to a 5-2 victory.  During the match Abe Souza ended his 10 match winning streak after Bob Van Overbeek took him out in a third set tiebreaker. The Illini women split the weekend, losing to Northwestern in a close 5-2 and then taking a win over Harvard (5-2).

The men shut out DePauw on Sunday, pushing their record to 6-1.  After their loss in Minneapolis, the Hawkeye women defeated Princeton, 4-3 on Saturday.

It was a split for the Gopher women when they dropped a match to Princeton (5-2) and then defeated Carlton (6-1) this weekend. On Friday night they had also taken out Iowa, 6-1. The Minnesota men had a 6-1 win over SMU that was much closer than the score indicated, with four three-setters. They had fallen the previous day to Oklahoma, 5-1.

Ohio State
The Buckeye women had a large crowd for their 4-1 victory over Oregon with a tiebreaker clinch from Kirsten Flower at No. 1. It was game one of a double-header.  In match two, they blanked California University of PA. The men had the weekend off.

Penn State
Despite wins from freshmen Petra Januskova and Amy Simidian, the Nittany Lion women fell to VA Commonwealth, 5-2.  The Penn State men recorded a great weekend with wins over Cornell (6-1) and Lafayette (7-0).

Western Michigan squeezed by the Boilmaker when Branko Kuzmanovic dropped the third set in his match to Simon Blomberg. The Purdue women, on the other hand, extended their undefeated streak with a 4-3 win over Oregon and then a 5-2 win over Harvard.

The women Badgers were 1-1 for the weekend as they took out Marquette and then fell to William & Mary. The men dropped a close 4-3 to Notre Dame.

Photo of Kirsten Flower courtesy of Ohio State Sports Information

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