Five Women's Tennis Teams Prepare for NCAA Regionals
May 11, 2005
Five Big Ten women's tennis teams -- Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern and Wisconsin -- have earned bids to the NCAA Regionals this Friday and Saturday, May 13-14.
Indiana (14-11) travels to Lexington, Ky., to face Wake Forest (13-10) on Friday at 10 a.m. With a win, the Hoosiers, who are making their fourth NCAA appearance in the last five years and 22nd overall trip, will face the winner of third-seeded Kentucky and Marshall on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Michigan (14-11) makes its fourth consecutive and seventh overall trip to the NCAAs and is set to compete against Duke (15-10) in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Saturday. The match will take place at 2 p.m., prior to the No. 13 seed North Carolina and Richmond matchup. Should Michigan defeat Duke, it will face the winner of the UNC/Richmond contest at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Two Big Ten squads will not have to travel very far, as Iowa (14-9) faces Notre Dame (14-9) at 10 a.m. on Friday, followed by fifth-seeded Northwestern (24-2) and Valparaiso (15-4) at 2 p.m. in Evanston, Ill. Iowa makes its fifth overall trip to the NCAAs, while for the fifth time in as many years, NU plays host to regional competition. The second-round match will take place on Saturday at 12 p.m.
Wisconsin (15-8) is set to face William & Mary (19-5) on Friday at 10:30 a.m., in Clemson, S.C. Should the Badgers win on Friday, they will face the winner of No. 12 seed Clemson and Furman on Saturday at 1 p.m. The tournament appearance is Wisconsin's third in the past four years and the program's seventh overall.
Currently, Northwestern is ranked sixth in the nation by the ITA, followed by No. 32 Michigan, No. 34 Wisconsin, No. 37 Indiana and No. 46 Iowa.
In addition to five Conference teams earning bids to the NCAA Championship, a total of five Big Ten student-athletes were selected as singles and doubles participants, while two were tabbed as alternates. Northwestern's Audra Cohen, the third seed overall, and Cristelle Grier, as well as Illinois' Cynthya Goulet, were automatic qualifiers from the Midwest Region. Selected as alternates for singles competition were Michigan's Michelle DaCosta (6th) and Northwestern's Alexis Prousis (9th). In doubles, the NU tandem of Cohen and Grier earned the No. 2 seed and an automatic qualifying bid from the Midwest Region. Also selected from the region was Michigan's DaCosta and Kara Delicata, who earned the at-large bid.