2017 Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament



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Big Ten conference teams travel to Champaign-Urbana, Ill., for the 2017 Big Ten Women’s Tennis Tournament. The tournament, hosted by the University of Illinois, will begin on Thursday and conclude with the championship match on Sunday.

Matches begin at 10 a.m. CT Thursday with eighth-seeded Minnesota taking on ninth-seeded Nebraska. At 2 p.m., seventh-seeded Iowa will square off with 10th-seeded Indiana.

Friday’s quarterfinals will begin at 10 a.m., with top-seeded Ohio State facing the winner of Minnesota-Nebraska and fourth-seeded Illinois taking on fifth-seeded Maryland. Second-seeded Michigan will take on Iowa or Indiana, while third-seeded Northwestern will face sixth-seeded Michigan State at 2 p.m.

The tournament semifinals are scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The championship match will be played at noon on Sunday and will be broadcast live on BTN.

Last season, Ohio State won its first Big Ten Tournament title.

Ohio State Wins Women's Tennis Tourney
Top-seeded Buckeyes claim second consecutive conference tournament title

Champaign, Ill. - With a 4-0 victory over No. 2 seed Michigan, top-seeded Ohio State won the 2017 Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoon at the Atkins Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. The Buckeyes earned their second consecutive conference tournament crown and second overall.

In doubles play, Ohio State’s Anna Sanford and Sandy Niehaus defeated Michigan’s Chiara Lommer and Brienne Minor, 6-3, on court two, while the Buckeyes’ Gabriella De Santis and Ferny Angeles Paz topped Wolverines’ Mira Ruder-Hook and Valeria Patiuk, 6-2 to give Ohio State the doubles point and a 1-0 advantage.

Picking up singles wins for Ohio State were Miho Kowase, Angeles Paz and De Santis. Kowase secured a 6-2, 6-2 win over Alex Najarian at No. 4 singles, while Angeles Paz posted a 6-0, 6-1 win over Patiuk at the No. 6 position. At No. 3 singles, De Santis defeated Lommer, 6-4, 6-1, to clinch the 4-0 team victory.

With the win, Ohio State earns the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championships, which will take place May 18-29.

The complete match results are included below.

#4 Ohio State 4, #10 Michigan 0

Singles competition

1. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) vs. #25 Kate Fahey (MICH) 7-5, 3-0, unfinished

2. #60 Anna Sanford (OSU) vs. #24 Brienne Minor (MICH) 7-5, 1-6, 2-1, unfinished

3. #94 Gabriella De Santis (OSU) def. Chiara Lommer (MICH) 6-4, 6-1

4. #95 Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Alex Najarian (MICH) 6-2, 6-2

5. #102 Sandy Niehaus (OSU) vs. Mira Ruder-Hook (MICH) 6-3, 4-6, unfinished

6. #117 Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Valeria Patiuk (MICH) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. #19 Francesca Di Lorenzo/Miho Kowase (OSU) vs. #9 Kate Fahey/Alex Najarian (MICH) 5-4, unfinished

2. Anna Sanford/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Chiara Lommer/Brienne Minor (MICH) 6-2

3. Gabriella De Santis/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Mira Ruder-Hook/Valeria Patiuk (MICH) 6-3

Match Notes:

Michigan 21-5; National ranking #10

Ohio State 28-2; National ranking #4

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,4,3)

Played on indoor courts at Atkins Tennis Center




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First Round - Thursday, April 27
10 a.m.

#9 Nebraska def. #8 Minnesota, 4-3

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2 p.m..

#10 Indiana def. #7 Iowa, 4-2

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Second Round - Friday, April 28
10 a.m.

#1 Ohio State def. #9 Nebraska, 4-0

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10 a.m.

#4 Illinois def. #5 Maryland, 4-2

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2 p.m.

#2 Michigan def. #10 Indiana, 4-0

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2 p.m.

#3 Northwestern def. #6 Michigan State, 4-1

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Semifinals - Saturday, April 29
10 a.m.
#1 Ohio State
 def. #4 Illinois, 4-3

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2 p.m.
#2 Michigan def.#3 Northwestern, 4-2

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Championship - Sunday, April 30
#1 Ohio State def.#2 Michigan, 4-0

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