April 22, 2013
Park Ridge, Ill. -
The seedings and matchups for the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Tennis Tournament were announced on Sunday following the conclusion of the conference’s regular-season schedule. Michigan receives the tournament’s No. 1 seed by virtue of its victory over Nebraska, as both the Wolverines and Huskers earned 10-1 marks in conference play en route to shares of the Big Ten crown. The title marks the fourth-consecutive and fifth overall for Michigan and the first for Nebraska.
Nebraska earns the No. 2 seed in the tournament after closing the regular season at 10-1 in Big Ten play and 21-4 overall. Northwestern (15-8 overall, 9-2 Big Ten) enters the event as the No. 3 seed and Purdue earns the No. 4 seed after finishing the regular season 8-3 in conference play and 16-4 overall. The top four seeds in the tournament receive first-round byes and begin competition on Friday.
Illinois (13-10, 6-5) holds the No. 5 seed after earning the head-to-head tiebreaker against Indiana. The llini will battle No. 12 Michigan State (11-15, 1-10) in the first round, with the winner advancing to face the fourth-seeded Boilermakers. Indiana (17-8, 6-5) earned the No. 6 seed and Penn State (14-7, 4-7) collected the No. 7 seed. Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin finished at 3-8 in Big Ten play, creating a four-way tie for the eighth seed. Based on the tiebreaking procedures, the Hawkeyes (10-12) earned the No. 8 seed in the tournament and will face the ninth-seeded Buckeyes (10-13), with the Wolverines awaiting the winner. The 10th-seeded Gophers (9-14) will take on the Nittany Lions, with the winner advancing to face the Huskers. The 11th-seeded Badgers (6-16) compete against the Hoosiers, with the Wildcats scheduled to face the victor.
The tournament is scheduled to begin on Thursday, with first-round matches beginning at 10 a.m. ET at the IU Varsity Tennis Courts in Bloomington, Ind. Friday will feature quarterfinal matches beginning at 10 a.m., while Saturday will showcase the tournament semifinals starting at 10 a.m. Sunday’s championship match is scheduled for Noon.
BTN will air the championship match on tape delay on Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. ET.