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In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Wednesday. Michigan leads all conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 11. Northwestern (No. 16), Purdue (No. 30), Nebraska (No. 36), Indiana (No. 39), Illinois (No. 42) and Penn State (No. 50) also rank in the top 50. Ohio State rounds out the poll at No. 71.

Weekend Schedule

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January 24
Saint Louis at ILLINOIS - 2 p.m. CT
Chicago at ILLINOIS - 6 p.m. CT
OHIO STATE at Miami - 10 a.m. ET

January 25
INDIANA at Xavier - 11 a.m. ET
INDIANA at Cincinnati - 3 p.m. ET
Nebraska Omaha at IOWA - 12 p.m. CT
Northern Iowa at IOWA - 5 p.m. CT
Virginia Tech at MICHIGAN - 11 a.m. ET
Georgia Tech at NEBRASKA - 2 p.m. CT
Oklahoma State at NORTHWESTERN - 11 a.m. CT
OHIO STATE vs. LSU or South Florida [1] - TBA
PENN STATE at Baylor - 7 p.m. ET
PURDUE vs. Tennessee [2] - 9 a.m. ET

January 26

UIC at ILLINOIS - 11 a.m. CT
Illinois State at ILLINOIS - 4 p.m. CT
Eastern Kentucky at INDIANA - 12 p.m. ET
Tulsa or Yale at MICHIGAN - TBA
Ball State at MICHIGAN STATE - 11 a.m. ET
North Dakota at MINNESOTA - 10 a.m. CT
South Dakota State at MINNESOTA - 4 p.m. CT
Texas Tech or Vanderbilt at NEBRASKA - TBA
Notre Dame or Arizona State at NORTHWESTERN - TBA
PURDUE vs. Clemson or Fresno State [2] - TBA

[1] Coral Gables, Fla.
[2] Clemson, S.C.

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Michigan leads all conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 11. Northwestern (No. 15), Nebraska (No. 25), Purdue (No. 27), Indiana (No. 40), Illinois (No. 44) and Penn State (No. 49) also rank in the top 50. Ohio State rounds out the poll at No. 72.

Weekend Schedule

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January 16-19
ILLINOIS at Hawaii Tournament [1] - All Day

January 17-19
IOWA and NORTHWESTERN at Wildcat Winter Duals [2] - All Day
PURDUE at Purdue Invite [3] - All Day    

January 18-20
INDIANA at IU Winter Invitational [4] - All Day
MICHIGAN at Michigan Invitational [5] - All Day

January 18
OHIO STATE at Baylor - 1 p.m. CT
OHIO STATE vs. Prairie View A&M [6] - 6 p.m. ET
Cleveland State at PENN STATE - 9:30 a.m. ET
Bucknell at PENN STATE - 2 p.m. ET

January 19
Toledo at MICHIGAN STATE - 11 a.m. ET
Detroit at MICHIGAN STATE - 5 p.m. ET
Eastern Michigan at MINNESOTA - 12 p.m. CT
Northern Iowa at MINNESOTA - 6:30 p.m. CT
Navy at PENN STATE - 2 p.m. ET

[1] Maui, Hawaii
[2] Evanston, Ill.
[3] West Lafayette, Ind.
[4] Bloomington, Ind.
[5] Ann Arbor, Mich.
[6] Waco, Texas

Nebraska Standout Among NCAA Today's Top 10 Award Honorees

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Two-time Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Year Mary Weatherholt (Nebraska) is among the honorees for the NCAA Today's Top 10 Award, which recognizes student-athletes for their successes on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community. The award recipients completed their athletics eligibility during the 2012-13 academic year and will be recognized at the Honors Celebration during the NCAA Convention in January in San Diego, Calif.

Weatherholt graduated from Nebraska as the first student-athlete in the school's history to win a combined 200 matches in singles and doubles. Weatherholt leads her school in career combined wins, career singles wins, career singles winning percentage, season combined victories, season singles winning percentage and season singles victories. She was twice named First-Team All-Big Ten and was the NCAA singles runner-up in 2013. Weatherholt was an NCAA/ITA First-Team All-American for singles and doubles. She received the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2013 as an indication of her dedication to academics and athletics. As a leader on and off the court, Weatherholt received the 2013 ITA National Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award

Full Release
Four women's tennis players from Michigan are taking part in the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, being held Nov. 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Ronit Yurovsky and Emina Bektas will take part in both singles and doubles play. Yurovsky will partner Sarah Lee in doubles action while Bektas will play with Brooke Bolender.

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Michigan Standouts Shine at ITA Regionals

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Michigan's Ronit Yurovsky and Sarah Lee each claimed titles at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships, held Oct. 10-15 at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Yurovsky claimed the singles crown and also partnered with Lee to win the doubles title at the event. They next advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships, to be held Nov. 7-10, in Flushing, N.Y.

Six Named to ITA All-America Team

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Six Big Ten women's tennis players earned 2013 ITA All-America recognition, it was announced on Thursday. Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt earned both singles and doubles honors, while teammate Patricia Veresova, Illinois' Melissa Kopinski and Rachael White and Michigan's Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender collected doubles laurels.

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the last Campbell's/ITA National Rankings, released on Wednesday. The conference is led by No. 10 Michigan, No. 12 Northwestern, No. 16 Nebraska and No. 27 Purdue in the top 30. Indiana sits at No. 42, while Illinois checks in at No. 45. Penn State is No. 47 and Ohio State ranks No. 73.

Individually, 10 Big Ten women's tennis players and 11 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of ranked conference singles and doubles players can be found below.

6. Mary Weatherholt, NEB
33. Emina Bektas, MICH
48. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
59. Kate Turvy, NU
74. Petra Januskova, PSU
76. Kelsey Dieters, OSU
81. Sarah Lee, MICH
89. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
116. Leslie Hureau, IND
120. Katie Klyczek, IND

4. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
7. Patricia Veresova/Mary Weatherholt, NEB
15. Melissa Kopinski/Rachael White, ILL
16. Linda Abu Mushefova/Nida Hamilton, NU
24. Petra Januskova/Chelsea Utting, PSU
31. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
47. Ruth Seaborne/Morven McCulloch, IOWA
72. Leslie Hureau/Carolyn Chupa, IND
77. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
88. Mimi Nguyen/Sarah Lee, MICH
90. Leslie Hureau/Sophie Garre, IND

For the complete polls, click here.

2012-13 Women's Tennis Season in Review

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Wonderful Weatherholt: Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt closed her career as the 2013 NCAA Singles runner-up on Monday, May 27, at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, Ill. The senior finished her last season with a combined 52-5 singles and doubles record, including 30-2 in singles play. For more on Big Ten student-athletes in the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships, click here and here.

Teams in the Tournament: Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue represented the Big Ten at the NCAA Championship, marking the third time in the last four years the conference boasted at least five teams in the tournament. The Wolverines, Huskers and Wildcats each advanced to the Round of 16 in the competition. Click here and here for more on Big Ten teams in the NCAA Championship.

ITA Recognition: Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt earned the ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, it was announced on Tuesday, May 21. The prestigious national award was presented to the senior in Urbana, Ill., in conjunction with the NCAA Championships. Click here for more on the award.

Tournament Titans: Third-seeded Northwestern took home the Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament crown with a 4-1 victory over top-seeded Michigan on Sunday, April 28. The title was the Wildcats' 14th in the last 15 conference postseason events and gave them the Big Ten's automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. Northwestern jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with victories in the No. 2 and 3 doubles position. The Wolverines knotted the score at 1-1 with a victory in the No. 1 singles slot. The Wildcats responded with three-straight victories in the No. 2, 4 and 6 singles positions to clinch the match. For more on the Big Ten Tournament, click here.

Sharing the Crown:
Michigan and Nebraska clinched a share of the Big Ten Women's Tennis Championship on Sunday, April 21. The wolverines earned their fifth Big Ten crown, while the Huskers claimed their first conference title. For more on the regular-season champions, click here.

Awards Galore: The Big Ten announced its women's tennis All-Conference teams and individual award winners at the conference tournament banquet on Thursday, April 25. Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt was named Athlete of the Year, while Michigan's Ronit Yurovsky took home Freshman of the Year honors and the Wolverines' Ronni Bernstein was tabbed Coach of the Year. Click here for more on the Big Ten's honorees.

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