Big Ten Ready to Compete at NCAA Championships

Evgeniya Vertesheva and the Hoosiers will face Vanderbilt in the opening round of the Tennessee Regional on Friday.

May 13, 2010

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First and second round play of the 2010 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships begins this weekend at various campus sites with six Big Ten squads as part of the 64-team field. The 16 regional winners will advance to the championships host site at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.

Michigan and Northwestern each earned top-16 seeds and will host first and second round matchups. The fourth-ranked Wolverines open play at 2 p.m. on Friday against Illinois-Chicago and make their 12th NCAA Championships appearance. Michigan, which won its second Big Ten Championship this past season, finished the season 22-4 overall with an unblemished 10-0 mark in conference action.

Seeded sixth overall is Big Ten Tournament Champion Northwestern, which is making its 15th straight appearance at the national meet and 21st overall. The Wildcats open play at 10 a.m. on Friday against Miami (OH), the second year in a row Northwestern opens with the RedHawks.

The second conference team in the Michigan Regional is Ohio State. The Buckeyes are making their 10th NCAA appearance and will face DePaul at 11 a.m. ET on Friday with the winner facing the Michigan/UIC winner at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Illinois, which earned an NCAA berth for the 10th time in program history, joins the Wildcats in the Northwestern Regional and will face Nebraska at 1 p.m. CT on Friday. The winner takes on the Northwestern/Miami (OH) winner at Noon on Saturday.

Making its first NCAA Championships appearance since 2006, Iowa earned a spot in the Notre Dame Regional and will face Boise State at 10 a.m. ET on Friday. Should they make it out of the first round, the Hawkeyes will face the Notre Dame/IPFW winner at Noon on Saturday.

Rounding out the conference contingent is Indiana, which is making its 22nd NCAA Championships appearance. The Hoosiers will face Vanderbilt at 10 a.m. on Friday in the first round of the Tennessee Regional. With a win, Indiana would face the Tennessee/Winthrop winner in the second round on Saturday.