Friday, May 14, 2010

Big Ten tennis heats up

April 13, 2010
We're just two weeks away from Conference Championships for the Big Ten and the competition just keeps getting tougher as teams are bringing out their best games.  Here's a look at some of the past  week's upsets, surprises and continued successes.

The No. 34 Indiana women came close to causing another upset as they were just one point shy of beating No.  22 Iowa.  After the Hawkeyes picked up the doubles point and the first two singles, it appeared to be a runaway match, but the Hoosiers staged a major comeback as Evgeniya Vertesheva beat Lynne Poggensee-Wei and teammates Charlotte Martin and Katya Zapadalova followed with victories of their own. It all came down to the final match, where Iowa's Jessica Young sealed the victory for her team.

The Hoosier men were also on the wrong side of a 4-3 victory as the Gophers squeezed by them on Sunday. After falling in a third set on Saturday during the Ilinois match, Brendan Ruddock clinched the Minnesota victory the next day with a 5-7,7-6(3),7-6(5) over Will Kendall (IND).  It doesn't get any closer than that.

The Michigan women, ranked No. 3 in the country, are continuing their Big Ten streak which is now up to 7-0.  On Sunday they dismissed the No. 30 ranked Ohio State team.   Mimi Nguyen defeated Gabby Steele, 6-4,6-4, for the Wolverine win and the end of the Buckeye's seven-match win streak.

It's been a tough month for the No. 5 Northwestern women and it got tougher this weekend when they visited the lone star state.  After Baylor took them out on Friday, Texas did the same the following day.  The Aggie's 6-1 win was their first over a top five opponent in four years.

Despite a 3-1 lead, the Wisconsin women couldn't pull off the upset over  No. 47 Purdue, with the Boilmakers Bhavani Tirumurti clinching the match in a third-set tiebreaker over Jessica Seyferth.  The Purdue men took out Northwestern, 6-1, for its first conference win of the season.
The Michigan State women took out Penn State, 6-1, on Sunday.  The lone win belonged to Spartan freshman Amy Simidian.
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