Monday, December 6, 2010

Fall Season Over For Big Ten Women

It’s the end of the fall tennis season for Big Ten teams and here’s a look at how the women finished it up:

Illinois-The Illini women finished up the season by hosting the Midwest Blast.  They had a big weekend that included a doubles win by Allison Falkin and Leigh Finigan over Notre Dame’s team of Shannon Mathews and Julie Sabacinski.

Indiana-For the Hoosier women, the season ended at the WMU Super Challenge.  The event ended with a 19-12 overall record for Indian, with Leslie Hureau, Myriam Sopel and Evgeniya Vertesheva all undefeated in singles.

Iowa-It was a tough fall season for the Hawyekes,ending at the KU Tournament. Christina Harazin was the best finisher, winning the event’s White Consolation bracket after dropping a three-set match in the first round of the main draw to Colorado’s Abbie Probert.

Michigan-Denise Muresan continues to shine for the Wolverines, making it to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoors before losing to eventual champion Maria Sanchez of Southern California. The rest of the team finished the season hosting the Wolverine Invitational,
where Michelle Sulahian (above) and Sam Crister won their flights.

Michigan State-The Spartans had a quiet fall season, finishing play at the USTA/ITA Midwest Regionals.  At that event, Michaela Silesova, Katarina Lingl and Dana Guentert competed in the ITA Second Chance Tournament, with only Silesova registering a win.

Minnesota-The Kitty Harrison Invitation was the final event for the women Gophers’ fall season.  Natallia Pintusava had a good showing, finishing her final match with a three set loss over the country’s 29th ranked player, Ellah Nze of Duke.

Northwestern-The Wildcats ended their 2010 season at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, where freshman Belinda Niu made it to the singles final before losing to Arizona State’s Kelcy McKenna.

Ohio State-The Ohio State Buckeyes divided their final fall weekend between the Big Green Invitational and the ASU Thunderbird, ending both with victories from Kelsey Haviland, Gabby Steele, Paloma Escobedo and Cami Hubbs.

Penn State-Petra Januskova took the singles title at the WMU Super Challenge, giving the Nittany Lions a weekend-ending record of 17-12 for the tournament.

Purdue-The Boilmakers hosted an invitational to finish out their season. On the final day, they recorded four wins, from Bhavani Tirumurti, Anna Dushkina, Mara Schmidt and Imogen Golder.

Wisconsin- The WMU Super Challenge was also the final event of the fall for the Badgers, who finished up with an 8-4 singles record.  Jenny Hois was the leader, with three wins and no losses.
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