Blaz is Best:
Ohio State's Blaz Rola took home the NCAA Singles Championship on Monday, May 27, at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Compex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill. The Buckeye defeated Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins, 7-6 (8), 6-4 to claim the crown. The junior becomes Ohio State's first NCAA singles champion and adds the title to a list of impressive career achievements, including winning the 2012 NCAA Doubles Championship with Chase Buchanan. For more on Big Ten student-athletes in the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships, click here
Teams in the Tournament:
Six Big Ten teams were selected to the NCAA Championships, it was announced on Tuesday, April 30. Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Ohio State earn earned berths to the national tournament. The Illini, Gophers and Wildcats each won their first-round contests, while the Buckeyes advanced to the national semifinals. Click here
for more on Big Ten teams in the NCAA Tournament.
For the second consecutive season, Illinois' Bruno Abdelnour and Iowa's Garrett Dunn were named to the Capital One Academic All-District team, it was announced on Thursday, May 16. The Academic All-District team recognized the nation's top student-athletes for their performances in the classroom and athletically. The complete list of Big Ten honorees can be found here
Top-seeded Ohio State won the 2013 Big Ten Men's Tennis Tournament title on Sunday, April 28, after earning a 4-0 win over third-seeded Michigan to clinch the tournament crown and earn the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes did not give up a point in their three tournament matches, picking up three consecutive 4-0 wins en route to the crown. Ohio State earned the doubles point and an early 1-0 lead with victories at the No. 1 and 3 doubles positions. Ohio State claimed wins in the No. 3, 5 and 6 singles slots. Click here
for more on the Big Ten Tournament.
And the Awards Go To:
The Big Ten All-Conference teams and individual award winners were announced on Thursday, April 25, at the Big Ten Tournament banquet. Michigan's Evan King was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Illinois' Jared Hiltzik earned Freshman of the Year honors and Ohio State's Ty Tucker picked up Coach of the Year laurels. For more on the Big Ten's honorees, click here
Eight is Great:
With its win over Michigan on Sunday, April 21, Ohio State claimed the outright conference title, its eighth consecutive Big Ten Championship, and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. The top-seeded Buckeyes closed the regular season with an 11-0 record in Big Ten play and a 28-2 overall mark. Click here
to read more about Ohio State's Big Ten title.
Eugene Super Regional
Nebraska vs. Oregon, 3 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Nebraska vs. Oregon, 6 p.m. ET, ESPNU (if necessary)
Ann Arbor Super Regional
#8 Michigan vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Noon, ESPN
#8 Michigan vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 3 p.m., ESPN (if necessary)
Eugene Super Regional
#14 Nebraska vs. #3 Oregon, 8 p.m., ESPNU
Ann Arbor Super Regional
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 2 p.m. ET, ESPNU
The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) will present Purdue women's basketball player Drey Mingo
with the Honda Inspiration Award as part of its live telecast of the 2013 Honda Cup on ESPNU on Monday, June 24 at the USC Galen Center Founders Room in Los Angeles, Calif.
Mingo has overcome the type of adversity in life that most people would never imagine possible. Consider that the 6-foot-2 forward was found unconscious in her apartment just days after leading the Boilermakers women's basketball team to the 2010 Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament championship. She had contracted bacterial meningitis. On the court, she gave nothing less than 100 percent as team captain and an inspirational leader. In the hospital, doctors gave her a 50 percent chance of survival. The Atlanta, Ga., native suffered total hearing loss in both ears at first, yet defied the odds by rejoining the team within 16 days after hospitalization. Approximately 90 percent of her hearing has been restored in her right ear and 30 percent in the left. Despite the change in her hearing and the adjustments made by her teammates, Mingo was poised and ready to lead them into her senior season when she suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament that sidelined her for the season. The NCAA granted her a sixth year of eligibility and Mingo returned to the team this past season as the second-leading scorer (12.2 ppg) and rebounder (6.0 rpg) en route being named the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player by leading Purdue to a second-straight Big Ten Tournament title.
Three Big Ten softball standouts were named 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, it was announced on Thursday. Northwestern's Marisa Bast was named to the second team, while Minnesota's Kaitlyn Richardson and Purdue's Andie Varsho were both third-team selections. Richardson is one of two sophomores named among the Academic All-Americans while Bast and Varsho are two of 11 juniors making up the 33-player squad.
The Women's Basketball Coaches
Association (WBCA) announced today those individuals who have been elected or
appointed to positions on the organization's board of directors for the 2013-14
academic year. Penn State head coach Coquese Washington has been elected by the membership as the new vice president/president-elect for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. Washington, who has served as treasurer for the past two years, will automatically succeed Florida State head coach Sue Semrau as president in the 2015-16 academic year.
Penn State Release
Nebraska women's tennis player Mary Weatherholt earned the ITA / Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, it was announced on Tuesday. The prestigious national award was presented to the senior in Urbana, Ill., in conjunction with the NCAA Championships.
Four Big Ten student-athletes were named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding center in college football. The Big Ten's list of nominees includes Michigan State's Travis Jackson, Nebraska's Cole Pensick, Northwestern's Brandon Vitabile and Ohio State's Corey Linsley. Since the award's inception in 2000, Big Ten programs have claimed six Rimington Trophy's, the most of any conference. Past winners include Michigan's David Baas (2004) and David Molk (2011), Minnesota's Greg Eslinger (2005), Nebraska's Dominic Raiola (2000), Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley (2001) and Penn State's A.Q. Shipley (2008).
The ESPN family of networks will televise each game of the Ann Arbor and Eugene Super Regionals this weekend, as Michigan and Nebraska eye berths in the Women's College World Series.
The eighth-seeded Wolverines host Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday and Saturday, with the series opener scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Saturday's first game is set for Noon and first pitch of the 'if necessary' third game is 3 p.m. on ESPN.
No. 14 Nebraska travels to third-seeded Oregon for a best-of-three Super Regional on Saturday and Sunday, with all games televised by ESPNU. Saturday's series opener is slated for 8 p.m., while Sunday's contests will begin at 2 p.m. with Game 3, if necessary, scheduled for 5 p.m.