Saturday, May 8, 2010

Big Ten teams have busy weekend

February 7, 2010
There's been lots of action around Big Ten tennis over the past few days as some of the local teams continue to dominate and others are just beginning to make their way to the top.

It was a bit early in the season, but an all-Big Ten matchup took place at Purdue as the Penn State women came for a visit.  After snagging the doubles point, the Boilermakers were challenged by the Nittany Lions, who took two of the first three singles points, but the hometeam came back in three-setters, with Gisella Pere clinching it over Sarah Henderson, 4-6,6-4,6-0. It would finish at 5-2 Purdue.

The No. 25 Wisconsin men had a great weekend, picking up  a shutout over SMU and a 6-1 victory over Illinois-Chicago with help from freshmen Chris Freeman, who was undefeated in singles and doubles, with partner Patrick Pohlmann.

After a close loss on Friday night to Florida State, the Illini women swept a double-header on Sunday, eliminating Marquette (6-1) and Western Illinois (7-0). Junior Marisa Lambropoulos is on a seven match winning streak for the Illini.

The Minnesota men snapped their three game losing streak in a big way when they swept the doubles point and then blanked St. Mary's, 7-0.

Ohio State's
men's team is still undefeated, earning their sixth victory with a 6-1 win over North Carolina. The third ranked Buckeyes have two players -- Balazs Novak and Steven Williams with 12 wins each.
Out of the Big Ten, there was a shocker this weekend as No. 14 Kentucky took out No. 2 Virginia, 4-3.  It was the Cavaliers first regular season loss since 2006.  They had won 63 straight matches.
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