March 29, 2013
#26 Northwestern (16-4, 2-1 Big Ten) at #47 Minnesota (6-8, 2-1)
Friday, March 29, 2013 6 p.m.
Baseline Tennis Center
#26 Northwestern at #70 Wisconsin (10-5, 1-2)
Sunday, March 31, 2013 Noon
Nielsen Tennis Center
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern returns to competition following a three-week break as it travels to Minnesota and Wisconsin this weekend.
Friday's match against the Golden Gophers in Minneapolis gets underway at 6 p.m., while Sunday's dual in Madison begins at noon.
The Wildcats (16-4, 2-1 Big Ten) have won eight of their last nine matches, including defeating Iowa 7-0 and Western Illinois 6-0 on March 10, their most recent competition date.
Northwestern is ranked No. 26 in this week's ITA team rankings. The Wildcats are the third-highest ranked Big Ten team behind only No. 7 Ohio State and No. 19 Illinois. Raleigh Smith paces the 'Cats with a 15-3 singles dual meet record, primarily out of the No. 2 spot, while Sidarth Balaji is 14-4.
Minnesota (6-8, 2-1) is No. 47 in the ITA team rankings and posted back-to-back 4-3 wins at No. 53 Michigan State and No. 31 Michigan last weekend. Junior Juan Pablo Ramirez is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week after winning all four of his matches against the Spartans and Wolverines. Rok Bonin is ranked No. 41 in singles and has a team-best 9-4 dual record at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions. Leando Toledo is ranked No. 100.
Wisconsin (10-5, 1-2) is ranked No. 70 this week and won 10 of its first 12 matches before dropping each of its last three. The Badgers are 10-2 at home so far this season. The team fell 6-1 at Michigan and 7-0 at Michigan State last weekend before dropping a 7-0 decision at NC State on Tuesday. Alexander Kostanov leads UW with an 11-3 dual meet record, including 7-0 at the No. 4 spot.
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