Northwestern Earns Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament Championship




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April 27 - Championship Match: With a 4-3 victory over top-seeded seed Michigan, No. 2 seed Northwestern won the 2014 Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament Championship Sunday afternoon at Combe Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill. The Wildcats earned their second consecutive conference tournament crown and fifth overall.

Northwestern found itself down early as Michigan earned the doubles point and a 1-0 lead in the match with victories at the No. 2 and 3 doubles positions.

The Wolverines extended the lead to 2-0 as Emina Bektas fought back for a 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 win over Nothwestern’s Veronica Corning at the No. 1 singles position. The Wildcats then cut the lead to 2-1 as Alicia Barnett defeated Michigan’s Sarah Lee 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 at the No. 3 singles position.

The two schools continued to trade singles matches as the Wolverines’ Brooke Bolender earned a 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Manon Peri at No. 4 singles and Northwestern’s Lok Sze Leung posted a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Amy Zhu at No. 5 singles.

Now trailing 3-2, Northwestern needed victories in both No. 2 and 6 singles to claim the title. Nida Hamilton tied the score at 3-3 with a 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 win over Michigan’s Laura Ucros at No. 6 singles, meaning that the match would be decided at No. 2 singles.

In that decisive match, Northwestern’s Belinda Niu raced out to a 6-1 win in the first set before Michigan’s Ronit Yurovsky tied the match at one set apiece with a 7-6 victory in the second set. With the match on the line in the third set, Niu came through with a 7-5 win to clinch the championship for Northwestern.

With the win, Northwestern earns the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. Team draws for the NCAA Championships will be announced at 5:30 p.m. ET on Tues., April 29, while individual draws will be announced at 6 p.m. on Wed., April 30. Both selection shows will be available on NCAA.com.


April 27 - Championship Match: The Big Ten Tournament Championship is up for grabs as the matchup between top-seeded Michigan and No. 2 seed Northwestern is underway. Northwestern is seeking its second consecutive conference tournament crown and fifth overall while Michigan is playing for its first Big Ten Tournament title.


April 26 - Semifinals: With a 4-0 victory over No. 3 seed Ohio State, second-seeded Northwestern advanced to Sunday's Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament final. The Wildcats will face No. 1 seed Michigan at noon CT tomorrow for the Big Ten Tournament Championship in a rematch of last year's final match.

Northwestern is seeking its second consecutive conference tournament crown and fifth overall while Michigan will play for its first Big Ten Tournament title.


April 26 - Semifinals: Top-seeded Michigan claimed a berth in tomorrow's championship match with a 4-1 victory over No. 4 seed Purdue on Saturday. The Wolverines will meet the winner of today's second semifinal between No. 2 seed Northwestern and No. 3 seed Ohio State.


April 26 - Semifinals: The semifinal round is underway as top-seeded Michigan and No. 4 seed Purdue are on the courts in Saturday's first semifinal. The winner of this morning's match will meet the winner of Saturday's second semifinal between No. 2 seed Northwestern and No. 3 seed Ohio State.


April 25 - Quarterfinals: No. 2 seed Northwestern and No. 3 seed Ohio State each notched victories Friday afternoon to secure berths in the semifinals of the Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament. The Wildcats and Buckeyes join top-seeded Michigan and No. 4 seed Purdue in Saturday's semifinal round.

Northwestern defeated No. 7 seed Indiana 4-1 while Ohio State swept No. 6 seed Minnesota 4-0.

Semifinal play will open at 10 a.m. CT tomorrow when Michigan faces Purdue. At 2 p.m., Northwestern will take on Ohio State for a spot in Sunday's championship match.


April 25 - Quarterfinals: Top-seeded Michigan and No. 4 seed Purdue each claimed spots in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals with victories on Friday morning. The Wolverines defeated No. 9 seed Iowa 4-1 while the Boilermakers beat No. 5 Illinois 4-2.

Play continues this afternoon at 3 p.m. when No. 2 seed Northwestern meets No. 7 seed Indiana and No. 3 seed Ohio State faces No. 6 seed Minnesota.


April 25 - Quarterfinals: The second day of the Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament opened at 11 a.m. CT today with top-seeded Michigan facing No. 9 seed Iowa and No. 4 seed Purdue taking on No. 5 seed Illinois. The matches, originally scheduled for 10 a.m., were delayed one hour due to wet conditions on the courts earlier this morning.

Quarterfinal action will continue this afternoon at 3 p.m. when No. 2 seed Northwestern meets No. 7 seed Indiana and No. 3 seed Ohio State faces No. 6 seed Minnesota.


April 24 - First Round: With opening round wins on Thursday afternoon, No. 7 seed Indiana and No. 6 seed Minnesota each advanced to Friday's quarterfinal round of the 2014 Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament. The Hoosiers defeated No. 10 seed Penn State 4-1 while the Gophers topped No. 11 seed Wisconsin 4-3.

The quarterfinal round will open on Friday at 10 a.m. CT when top-seeded Michigan faces No. 9 seed Iowa and No. 4 seed Purdue takes on No. 5 seed Illinois. The action continues on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. when No. 2 seed Northwestern meets No. 7 seed Indiana and No. 3 seed Ohio State faces No. 6 seed Minnesota.


April 24 - First Round: No. 5 seed Illinois and No. 9 seed Iowa each advanced to the quarterfinals with victories on Thursday. The Illini defeated No. 12 seed Nebraska 4-0 while the Hawkeyes defeated No. 8 seed Michigan State 4-2.

The first round will conclude with a pair of matches this afternoon when seventh-seeded Indiana will square off with 10th-seeded Penn State and sixth-seeded Minnesota will battle 11th-seeded Wisconsin.


April 24 - First Round: The Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament has begun in Evanston, Ill., with eighth-seeded Michigan State taking on ninth-seeded Iowa and fifth-seeded Illinois going against 12th-seeded Nebraska. At 2 p.m., seventh-seeded Indiana will square off with 10th-seeded Penn State and sixth-seeded Minnesota will battle 11th-seeded Wisconsin.