Big Ten Contingent Opens Play at NCAA Women's Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships
May 25, 2011
Big Ten women's tennis begins play in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships on Wednesday with three singles players and three doubles pairs taking part in the national tournament in Stanford, Calif. Singles action gets underway on Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT while doubles matches commence on Thursday at 10 a.m.
Eighth-seeded Denise Muresan of Michigan kicks off the first-round slate for the conference contingent, taking on Wake Forest's Martina Pavelec at 10 a.m. Northwestern's Maria Mosolova, seeded in the No. 9-16 group, squares off with Miami's Anna Bartenstein at 11:30 a.m. After originally being tabbed an alternate, Indiana's Leslie Hureau will compete in the field of 64 and faces Tennessee's Brynn Boren at 5 p.m.
In the doubles draw, Michigan's Brooke Bolender and Muresan, seeded in the No. 5-8 group, meet Georgia's Kate Fuller and Chelsey Gullickson in the first round on Thursday. Northwestern's Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton take on Maryland's Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Jordaan Sanford while Iowa's Sonja Molnar and Jessica Young face Arkansas' Claudine Paulson and Anouk Tigu in the opening round.
Singles and doubles matches continue on consecutive days through the finals on May 30.
Two Big Ten doubles pairs have won national titles as Northwestern's Katrina Adams and Diane Donnelly took home the title in 1997 and the Wildcats' Cristelle Grier and Alexis Prousis won the crown in 2006.