Play Begins Thursday at 2010 Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament

Michigan and the rest of the Big Ten women's tennis teams play for the Big Ten Tournament Championship this weekend.

Michigan and the rest of the Big Ten women's tennis teams play for the Big Ten Tournament Championship this weekend.

April 28, 2010

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Tournament Central

The Big Ten Women’s Tennis Tournament, hosted by the University of Iowa, gets underway with opening round action on Thursday, April 29, concluding with the tournament championship match on Sunday, May 2, where the winner will earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.

Three matchups highlight the first day of action, beginning Thursday morning. In the opening match of the tournament, No. 8 Wisconsin (3-7, 8-15) faces border rival and ninth-seeded Minnesota (3-7, 10-13) at 9 a.m. CT. In Match 2, No. 6 Purdue (5-5-, 16-5) battles No. 11 Penn State (0-10, 4-18) at Noon CT, and in the third match of the day, No. 7 Ohio State (5-5, 18-8) takes on No. 10 Michigan State (1-9, 7-16) at 3 p.m. CT.

Friday’s quarterfinals feature the conference’s top five seeds who earned first-round byes. The top-seeded Michigan Wolverines, winners of their first Big Ten Championship since 1997, will face the Wisconsin/Minnesota winner at 10 a.m. CT. Also at 10 a.m. CT, fourth-seeded Iowa (6-4, 16-5) will meet No. 5 Indiana (5-5, 15-8) in the second of two morning quarterfinals. In the afternoon quarterfinals, No. 3 Illinois (8-2, 14-8) will face the winner of the Purdue/Penn State matchup, while No. 2 Northwestern takes on the Ohio State/Michigan State winner. Both afternoon matches begin at 2 p.m. CT.

Saturday’s first semifinal will be at 10 a.m. CT and will be followed by the second semifinal at 2 pm. CT. The tournament final will be contested at Noon on Sunday.

The Northwestern Wildcats continued their success at the 2009 Big Ten Tournament, winning their 11th-straight tournament title. The Wildcats swept their way to the crown, defeating each opponent by 4-0 decisions, including the second-seeded Michigan Wolverines in the tournament final.