June 9, 2008
Five Big Ten women's tennis teams advanced to the 2008 NCAA Championships. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern and Ohio State were selected to the field of 64. In addtion, five Big Ten student-athletes were chosen to compete in the singles and doubles portion of the event.
Top-seeded and Big Ten Champion Northwestern was the lone conference squad to advance to the second weekend of team competition. The Wildcats earned their way to the round of 16 with a pair of 4-0 sweeps over Illinois-Chicago and Indiana. NU then went on to defeat No. 16 Fresno State, 4-1. Northwestern's season ended in a 4-2 loss to No. 8 California in the quarterfinals. The Wildcats finished the season with a 29-2 record, the most wins in program history. NU's 10th-straight Big Ten Championship is the most consecutive conference titles won in Big Ten history.
Individually, Northwestern's Maria Mosolova, the No. 4 seed, played into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship bracket. Mosolova's bid for an NCAA title fell short as Baylor's Zuzana Zemenova won the quarterfinal matchup, 6-4, 6-4.
Indiana and Michigan each won first-round matches in the team portion, but fell short in second-round play. The Hoosiers defeated Louisville, 4-3, before falling to Northwestern in the second round. The Wolverines prevailed over Furman before bowing out to No. 13 Clemson, 4-1.
Northwestern's Mosolova and Georgia Rose were named ITA All-Americans. Mosolova was also tabbed the Midwest Region Rookie of the Year and National Player to Watch by the ITA. Northwestern head coach Claire Pollard was named National ITA Coach of the Year and her assistant, Dave Mullins, was named Assistant Coach of the Year. Wisconsin's Erin Jobe was named the Midwest's recipient of the Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.
Nationally, seven Big Ten student-athletes finished the season ranked in the top 125 singles list and four duos ranked in the top 60 doubles.