No. 1 Northwestern To Compete In Round of 16 at the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships
May 14, 2008
The field has been narrowed to 16 teams in the 2008 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships. No. 1 Northwestern is the lone Big Ten team competing in the round of 16 which will take place in Tulsa, Okla. on May 15-20.
The Wildcats swept both of their opponents, 4-0, during the opening weekend to advance. On Friday, NU defeated Illinois-Chicago, before topping Indiana on Saturday. The Hoosiers advanced to the second round by beating Louisville, 4-3, in first-round action. Michigan won its first-round match over Furman, 4-0, before falling to Clemson, 4-1, on Saturday. Illinois' and Ohio State's seasons ended with losses to Tennessee and Auburn, respectfully.
Northwestern will make its 14th appearance in the round of 16 since the tournament's inception in 1982. This is the fifth-consecutive year that the Wildcats have made a trip to the third round of the NCAA Championships. NU is looking for its fourth appearance to the quarterfinals, having made it to that point in 1986, 1987 and 2006.
Northwestern will battle No. 16 Fresno State on Thursday, May 15, beginning at Noon CT. The Bulldogs earned their way to the final 16 posting a first-round win over Lamar, 4-0, and a second-round triumph over Arizona State, 4-1.
In addition, the singles and doubles tournaments will take place after the conclusion of the team championship on May 21-26. Michigan's Chisako Sugiyama and Northwestern's Lauren Lui, Maria Mosolova, Samantha Murray and Georgia Rose will compete in the singles tournament. Lui and Rose of NU will participate in the doubles tournament.
The Big Ten has had two doubles national champions, both from Northwestern. Katrina Adams and Diane Donnely won the title in 1997, and Cristelle Grier and Alexis Prousis took home the crown in 2006.