April 24, 2014
Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament Central
#5 Illinois 4, #12 Nebraska 0
Fifth-seeded Illinois made quick work of a young Nebraska squad in the opening match of the 2014 Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament. The Illini captured the doubles point with wins at Nos. 1 and 3. Misia Kedzierski and Louise Kwong captured an 8-2 victory at No. 3 before Melissa Kopinski and Allison Falkin scored an 8-4 win to give Illinois the match's first point.
The Illini kept rolling through singles play, winning the first three matches to end the day with a 4-0 victory. Kopinski continued her hot start to the tournament, complimenting a doubles win earlier in the day with a 6-2, 6-4 win at the third singles position. Jerricka Boone proved too much at No. 5, earning a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Lisa Andersson. Immediately after, Alexis Casati ended the dual with a convincing 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2 over Izabella Zgierska.
Illinois advances to the tournament's second day where they will meet the Big Ten's No. 4 seed, Purdue. The Illini and the Boilermakers are scheduled to play at 10 a.m. Friday morning.
#9 Iowa 4, #8 Michigan State 2
Ninth-seeded Iowa advanced to a meeting with top-seeded Michigan in Friday's quarterfinal round by taking down eighth-seeded Michigan State, 4-2.
Doubles play couldn't have possibly been any tighter between the two teams as all three matches went to a tiebreaker and were ultimately decided by two points. The Hawkeyes got a win from Ruth Seaborne and Morven McCulloch at No. 1 before the Spartans' No. 2 team of Catherine Parenteau and Athena Trouillot fought off a pair of match points to win their match. However, just moments later, Ellen Silver and Annette Dohanics of Iowa finished off a 7-5 victory in their tiebreaker at No. 3 to give the Hawkeyes the doubles point.
Singles play was also tightly contested with Shelby Talcott earning a straight-sets win at No. 2 to put the Hawkeyes up 2-0. Michigan State got back in the match with a 6-1, 7-5 victory by Athena Trouillot at No. 6, but Katie Zordani finished off Emily Meyers in a second-set tiebreaker at No. 4 to bring Iowa within one victory of the win. Erin Faulker kept the Spartans alive with a 7-6, 7-5 win at No. 3, but Dohanics finished off the victory for Iowa moments later with a hard-fought 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 win at No. 5.
#7 Indiana 4, #10 Penn State 1
Indiana, the tournament's No. 7 seed, moved on to face host and second-seeded Northwestern in Friday's quarterfinals by earning a 4-1 victory over Penn State.
The Hoosiers took care of business in doubles play as Sophie Garre and Shannon Murdy won 8-3 at No. 2 before Kayla Fujimoto and Alecia Kauss notched an 8-4 win at No. 3 to give Indiana the early 1-0 lead.
With the match forced indoors due to windy conditions and only three courts at their disposal, IU and Penn State started with singles matches the Nos. 1, 4 and 5 positions. Murdy cruised to a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 5 and Kauss followed with a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 4, putting the Hoosiers in front 3-0 in the match. The Nittany Lions got on the board with a 6-1, 7-5 win by Dasha Sapogova at the No. 1 spot to wrap up the early singles contests.
Garre was able to finish off the victory for Indiana as she rolled to a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 2, wrapping up the match in the process.
#6 Minnesota 4, #11 Wisconsin 3
The sixth-seeded Golden Gophers moved on to Friday's quarterfinal round as they held off border rival and 11th-seeded Wisconsin 4-3. With the win, Minnesota advances to take on third-seeded Ohio State.
Minnesota needed all three matches to earn the doubles point and jump out to the early advantage. Natallia Pintusava and Julia Courter rolled to an 8-2 win at No. 2, but the Badgers' pairing of Lauren Chypyha and Lauren Burich evened things up with an 8-3 victory at No. 1. That left things to be decided by the match at No. 3 where Aria Lambert and Paula Rincon-Otero held on for an 8-5 victory.
Singles action began with matches at Nos. 1, 4, 5 as only three courts were at the teams' disposal due to two matches being played indoors at the same time. Chypyha evened the match for Wisconsin with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 1. Minnesota went back in front when Maja Vujic completed a 6-2, 6-4 victory at the No. 5 spot, but the Badgers got a 7-5, 6-4 win from Nova Patel at No. 4, knotting the match 2-2.
Wisconsin moved to within one point of the match victory when Anastasia Tripolskaya closed out a convincing 6-1, 6-0 triumph at No. 2. Minnesota was already up a set in the two remaining matches and Paula Rincon-Otero make it 3-3 with a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 6. The contest to determine match was at No. 3 where Julia Courter rolled to a 6-1 opening-set win before Lauren Burich rallied to force a second-set tiebreaker. However, Courter held on for a 7-4 win the tiebreaker, allowing Minnesota to advance.