Thursday, May 13, 2010

Midweek matches and national rankings

April 8, 2010
Not all is quiet in the Midwest as two of the Big Ten's top team's added in midweek matches to keep their play fresh and there were some ranking changes for most.

The Fighting Illini men fell to Kentucky for the second time this season in a tight match (the first was at the ITA Indoors).  It was Wednesday night in Lexington when the No. 11 hometeam came back after losing the doubles point and the first singles.  They won the next three, but Illini Abe Souza tied it up with a win over Alex Musialek.  With the score tied it came down to a true battle on court 3.  It was Wildcat  Brad Cox who clinched it when he got past Marek Czerwinski, 7-6(5),6-7(6),6-3.  The Illini went up a bit this week from No. 15 to No. 13.
Ohio State's men continued their streak (13 consecutive) with a 7-0 shutout over Notre Dame, losing only one set. Devin McCarthy still hasn't lost a match and is now at 9-0.  The Buckeye  men are still No. 2 in the country.

For the rest of the Big Ten men's teams, there was mixed news in the national rankingsMichigan remained at No. 26; Wisconsin dropped from No. 30 to No. 33; Minnesota went from No. 44 to No. 40; Indiana is still No. 41; Northwestern stays at No. 46; Iowa had a big jump from No. 73 to No. 60; Penn State fell from No. 58 to No. 63; and Michigan State & Purdue are unranked.

The big change in the women's national rankings for Big Ten teams is at the top, where two of the conference's teams are in the Top 10: Northwestern fell from No. 4 to No. 5; Michigan went up from No. 8 to No. 3; Iowa rose from No. 26 to No. 22; Ohio State dropped from No. 25 to No. 30; Indiana took a big climb from No.44 to No. 34; Illinois went up a bit from No. 37 to No. 36; Purdue went down from No. 47 to No. 48; Minnesota fell from No. 56 to No. 60; and Michigan State, Wisconsin & Penn State are unranked.
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