Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wild weekend for Big Ten women

March 8, 2010

Coaches are getting in lots of matches before spring break so there was plenty of action in the Big Ten this weekend.  Let's take a look at how the women did:

Illinois-It was a close one, but the Illini women pulled it off, 4-3 over TCU.  After dropping the doubles point, the Orange & Blue came back to win four singles, clinched by Marisa Lambropoulos at No. 3, 7-6(5) ,6-3 over Katariina Tuohimaa.

vs. Northwestern vs.
Purdue--The Wildcats, who have regained the No. 1 spot in the country after a brief stint there by North Carolina, proved their worth by shutting out Indiana.  Hoosier coach Lin Loring wasn't discouraged, though, "We have four losses and three of them are to the number one, number three and number six teams in the country."  Purdue also suffered a loss to Northwestern this weekend, 6-1.

It was a big weekend for the Hawkeye women.  On Saturday, they recorded a 5-2 win over Missouri. Sunday morning the nation's No. 54 team was back on the court, upsetting No. 24 DePaul.  It started with proof of their strong doubles, as they had their fifth sweep in that event this season.  The match came down to the wire and was finished by at No. 1 by Sonja Molnar over Anna Redecsi, 6-4,7-5(5).

The Wolverines posted their fourth consecutive victory after beating Pepperdine, 6-1 on Friday.  The team, currently ranked No. 7 in the country, took the rest of the weekend off.

Michigan State
-The Spartans were off this weekend as they traveled to California.  They will be playing Cal Poly on Tuesday and Santa Clara on Thursday.

The Gophers have already started their spring break and will not be back in action until they face Loyola Marymount in California on March 14th.

Ohio State
Penn State-Three Big Ten teams were already into conference play with each other this weekend. After reaching a program high of No. 17 last week, the Buckeyes are still hanging high at No. 21. They helped earn that spot with a 7-0 victory over Penn State on Friday. On Saturday, the Nittany Lions rebounded with a tight 4-3 win over Temple. Despite the long weekend of play, Penn State had enough left to takeout Purdue on Sunday, 6-1.

-The Badgers are off until the 13th, when they will be at Northwestern.
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