Big Ten Women's Tennis Season in Review
June 17, 2011
Two teams, three singles players and three doubles pairs represented the Big Ten at the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, bringing a successful 2010-11 season to a close at the national tournament.
Big Ten champion and 10th-seeded Michigan and No. 16 Northwestern each earned berths to the Round of 16 in the team tournament. The Wolverines defeated Akron in the first round and Tulsa in the second round before falling to No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in the Round of 16. The Wildcats earned wins against IPFW and Notre Dame in Rounds 1 and 2, but dropped a close 4-3 decision to top-seeded Stanford in the third round.
Indiana's Leslie Hureau, Michigan's Denise Muresan and Northwestern's Maria Mosolova each advanced out of the first round of the singles championship, with Hureau and Mosolova moving on to the Round of 16 to claim All-America laurels. Iowa's Sonja Molnar and Jessica Young, Michigan's Brooke Bolender and Muresan and Northwestern's Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton took part in the doubles tournament, with Abu Mushrefova and Hamilton taking All-America honors after advancing to the quarterfinals. After earning a top-eight seed in the tournament, Bolender and Muresan were also honored as All-Americans.
Northwestern picked up its 13th consecutive Big Ten Tournament crown, defeating top-seeded Michigan in the championship match to claim the title. The second-seeded Wildcats opened the tournament with back-to-back 4-0 wins over No. 7 Indiana and No. 6 Illinois before earning a 4-3 win over the Wolverines in the finals.
Michigan swept the conference's individual awards after earning its second-straight and third overall Big Ten title. Muresan was honored as the Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Bolender picked up Freshman of the Year honors and head coach Ronni Bernstein won the Coach of the Year award.