May 6, 2004
Park Ridge, IL - The Big Ten Conference collected 10 berths for men's and women's tennis teams to the 2004 NCAA Championships, which begins next weekend at sites around the country. On the men's side, Conference Tournament Champion Illinois was awarded the No. 1 seed and will be joined by League foes Minnesota and Ohio State in the 64-team field. For the women, Big Ten Tournament winner Northwestern earned the No. 10 seed and will be joined in the Championships by Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin.
The Illinois men and Northwestern women will each host first - and second-round matches at their home sites. On the men's side, Illinois will face Western Michigan in the first round. Minnesota travels to Durham, N.C. to play Clemson in the opening round. Ohio State will battle South Carolina in first-round action at the site of No. 11 seeded North Carolina. On the women's side, Northwestern welcomes Iowa to Evanston for first-round action, as NU faces Illinois-Chicago in the opener before the Hawkeyes play Notre Dame. Michigan will compete against Denver in first-round play at the home site of No. 2 seeded Stanford, Indiana will square off against Arizona at the home court of the No. 8 seeded Southern California while Ohio State opens first round action against host Harvard. Wisconsin matches up against Tennessee at Chapel Hill and Illinois meets William & Mary at Durham, N.C.
The team competition features 64 teams for both men and women, with two rounds hosted by seeded teams before 16 teams advance to the NCAA Championships sites. The 2004 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship will be hosted by the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Okla., from May 22-31, with the singles and doubles tournament following the team event. The 2004 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships will be hosted by the University of Georgia and played at Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. from May 20-29, with the individual tournament played following the team event.