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Weekend Schedule

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Saturday, May 3
IOWA (rv) at #17 Tennessee - Knoxville, Tenn.
Louisville, MICHIGAN STATE (rv), #3 OHIO STATE at #9 MICHIGAN - Ann Arbor, Mich.

Sunday, May 4

#15 WISCONSIN at MINNESOTA (rv) - Minneapolis, Minn.


Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Seventeen Big Ten student-athletes in five different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of April 28. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the Week - Brad Hartong, IND
Co-Pitchers of the Week - Neal Kunik, MINN & Ryan Riga, OSU
Freshman of the Week - Ryan Boldt, NEB

Women's Rowing
Boat of the Week - First Varsity Four, IND (Kelsey Cundiff, Katie Dreessen, Macey Elser, Grace Barbara and Emma Miller)

Softball
Player of the Week - Michelle Mueller, WIS
Pitcher of the Week - Tatum Edwards, NEB
Freshman of the Week - Sara Groenewegen, MINN

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Track Athlete of the Week - Vanier Joseph, ILL
Co-Field Athletes of the Week - Patrick Raedler, NEB & Darrell Hill, PSU

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Alexis Franklin, OSU
Field Athlete of the Week - Dani Bunch, PUR

Five Big Ten softball standouts were named Capital One Academic All-District First-Team selections on Thursday. Michigan's Nicole Sappingfield, Northwestern's Marisa Bast and Purdue's Andie Varsho were named to the District 5 first team, while Minnesota's Sara Moulton and Wisconsin's Maria Van Abel were tabbed District 6 Academic All-District first-teamers. All five student-athletes will now be moving onto the national Academic All-America ballot.

The 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Basetball and Softball Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

2014 ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT SOFTBALL TEAMS (BIG TEN ONLY)

District 5
Nicole Sappingfield, Michigan, Sr., Norco, Calif., 3.47 GPA (Comparative Literature)
Marisa Bast, Northwestern, Sr., Orange, Calif., 3.68 GPA (Learning & Organizational Change)
Andie Varsho, Purdue, Sr., Chili, Wis., 3.88 GPA (Organizational Leadership)

District 6
Sara Moulton, Minnesota, Sr., Eagan, Minn., 3.64 GPA (Business & Marketing Education)
Maria Van Abel, Wisconsin, Jr., Kaukauna, Wis., 3.52 (Business/Management & Human Resources)




In The Polls

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Seven Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Thursday. Northwestern leads all conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 16. Michigan joins Northwestern in the top 20, checking in at No. 17, followed by Ohio State (No. 35), Purdue (No. 39), Illinois (No. 45) and Indiana (No. 49) in the top 50. Minnesota (No. 66) rounds out the Big Ten contingent.

Individually, eight Big Ten women's tennis players and nine doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below. 

Singles
9. Emina Bektas, MICH
25. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
35. Belinda Niu, NU
43. Veronica Corning, NU
85. Gabriella De Santis, OSU
98. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
117. Amy Zhu, MICH
122. Sarah Lee, MICH

Doubles

18. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
29. Veronica Corning/Alicia Barnett, NU
33. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
62. Grainne O'Neill/Noelle Malley, OSU
63. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
72. Mara Schmidt/Andjela Djokovic, PUR
73. Carolyn Chupa/Katie Klyczek, IND
74. Erin Faulkner/Marina Bohrer, MSU
89. Maddie Lipp/Nida Hamilton, NU

For the complete polls, click here.

In The Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Thursday. Ohio State, which claimed the Big Ten Tournament Championship last weekend, claimed the No. 3 spot this week. Illinois (No. 12) and Penn State (No. 23) joined Ohio State in the top 25, followed by Northwestern (No. 30), Michigan (No. 37) and Purdue (No. 40) in the top 50. Minnesota checks in at No. 54, with Michigan State (No. 62) and Indiana (No. 64) also within the top 65.

Individually, 15 Big Ten men's tennis players and 10 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below.

Singles
8. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
11. Peter Kobelt, OSU
18. Farris Gosea, ILL
37. Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
38. Leandro Toledo, MINN
49. Raleigh Smith, NU
63. Tim Kopinski, ILL
85. Alex Petrone, MICH
101. Ralf Steinbach, OSU
107. Sam Shropshire, NU
109. Herkko Pollanen, OSU
111. Dusty Boyer, NEB
112. Sam Monette, IND
115. Oskar Wikberg, WIS
125. Jonas Dierckx, IOWA

Doubles
3. Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka, OSU
5. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
24. Peter Kobelt/Ralf Steinbach, OSU
26. Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
34. Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg, MINN
39. Mihir Kumar/Raleigh Smith, NU
40. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi, MICH
48. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk, IND
58. Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk, PUR
63. Farris Gosea/Alex Jesse, ILL

For the complete polls, click here.

In The Polls

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All seven Big Ten women's rowing squads are ranked or receiving votes in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads conference squads, checking in at No. 3, while Michigan joins the Buckeyes in the top 10 at No. 9. Indiana follows at No. 13, while Wisconsin is tied for No. 15. Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota were all receiving votes.

For the complete ranking, click here.

Wednesday's Softball Results

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Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin earned wins on Wednesday's Big Ten softball slate, with the Huskers and Badgers splitting a doubleheader in Madison.

Wednesday, April 30
#19/19 Nebraska def. rv/rv Wisconsin, 12-0 (5 innings) (Game 1)
rv/rv Wisconsin 6, #19/19 Nebraska 4 (Game 2)
Indiana 5, Valparaiso 0 (resumption of March 1 game in Tucson, Ariz.)
Indiana 8, Valparaiso (5)
Northern Iowa 9, Iowa 8
rv/rv DePaul 9, rv/rv Northwestern 3
Ohio State 5, Pittsburgh 1

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Wednesday's Softball Schedule

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Seven games are on Wednesday's Big Ten softball slate, including Wisconsin hosting Nebraska in a key conference doubleheader to be carried on BTN.

Wednesday, April 30
#19/19 Nebraska at rv/rv Wisconsin, 2 p.m. (BTN)
Valparaiso at Indiana, 4 p.m.
#19/19 Nebraska at rv/rv Wisconsin, 4 p.m. (BTN)
rv/rv Northwestern at rv/rv DePaul, 5 p.m.
Valparaiso at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Ohio State, 6 p.m.
Northern Iowa at Iowa, 7:30 p.m. (BTDN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

In The Polls

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Two Big Ten Women's Outdoor Track & Field teams appear in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Penn State checks in at No. 18, while Michigan is ranked No. 20.

For the complete poll, click here.

In The Polls

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Four Big Ten Men's Outdoor Track & Field squads appear in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Nebraska leads conference teams at No. 11 and is followed by No. 14 Illinois, No. 18 Wisconsin and No. 19 Penn State.

For the complete poll, click here.