Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wins, Losses and Accolades for Big Ten Tennis

It’s been a busy week in Big Ten country with some unexpected wins, losses and changes for teams.

Both recipients of this week’s Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors are receiving their first accolades of the year.  In fact, it is the first time anyone from either of these teams has been recognized this season. Purdue’s Bhavani Tirumurti, a senior from India, took home the award after she helped the Boilmakers earn a 4-3 win over higher ranked Indiana with singles and doubles victories. On the men’s side, Penn State’s Eddie Bourchier (left) led his team to two wins – over Navy and Villanova – going undefeated in both.

It wasn’t a great week for the Illini men, who fell to two higher ranked teams.  First, the No. 6 team in the country was shutout by No. 17 Texas A&M in a windy match that didn’t include top player Dennis Nevolo. Three days later, Illinois lost to No. 25 Notre Dame (5-2). Ohio State also experienced a 4-0 loss to Texas A&M, while the Indiana men got revenge for their female counterparts by taking out Purdue, 6-1.

The Big Ten is still holding some prime top 50 spots in the ITA Rankings: Men-Ohio State (4), Illinois (9), Michigan (16), Minnesota (23), Indiana (37), Michigan State (42), ; Women-Michigan (5), Northwestern (14), Purdue (49).  No Big Ten matchups will be taking place this coming weekend in women’s tennis and Michigan vs. Michigan State will be the only in conference match for the men.
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