April 25, 2014
Big Ten Tournament Central
#1 Michigan 4, #9 Iowa 1
Top-seeded Michigan advanced to Saturday's semifinal round with a 4-1 win over ninth-seeded Iowa. The Hawkeyes carried their momentum from yesterday's opening round win over Michigan State into the quarterfinal match and gave the Wolverines some trouble early on.
Shelby Talcott upset No. 22 Ronit Yurovsky in straight sets at the second singles spot, 6-0, 6-4 to put Iowa on the board. The depth of Michigan proved to be too much for the Hawkeyes the rest of the way as the Wolverines secured the next three matches.
Emina Bektas, the Big Ten Player of the Year, battled Ruth Seaborne to a 6-2, 7-6 (2) win. Amy Zhu and Kristen Dodge closed out the match for the Wolverines with wins at Nos. 4 and 6.
Sarah Lee and Amy Zhu played the quickest doubles match of the day, defeating Annette Dohanics and Ellen Silver, 8-3. Michigan capitalized almost immediately, getting a win at No. 1 from No. 17 Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender.
Michigan will play fourth-seeded Purdue in the first semifinal match tomorrow at 10 a.m.
#4 Purdue 4, #5 Illinois 2
No. 41 Purdue overcame a two-point deficit to beat No. 37 Illinois 4-2 in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. The fourth-seeded Boilermakers will face top-seeded Michigan in the semifinals Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
Illinois took the doubles point with two victories at No. 2 and 3. The Illini duo of Misia Kedzierski and Louise Kwong finished first with an 8-2 win over Purdue's Nicole Robinson and Claudia Escribens. Illinois's Jerricka Boone and Alexis Casati then defeated Krisztina Kapitany and Natalia Davila 8-3 at No. 3 to secure the point for Illinois.
In singles competition, Melissa Kopinski put the Illini up 2-0 with a quick 6-2, 6-1 victory over Nicole Robinson at No. 3. However, the Boilermakers then answered with four straight points to take the match. Andjela Djokovic began the comeback in beating Jerricka Boone 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 at No. 5. Mara Schmidt then defeated Allison Falkin 7-5, 6-3 at No. 1, followed by Krisztina Kapitany's 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 win over Louise Kwong at No. 4. Claudia Escribens then clinched the Boilermaker victory at No. 6, besting Misia Kedzierski 7-6 (7-2), 6-0.
#2 Northwestern 4, #7 Indiana 1
Host Northwestern dropped a tightly contested doubles point to seventh-seeded Indiana to open the match, but the Wildcats roared back in singles play on their way to a 4-1 victory. NU, the tournament's second seed, secured a spot in the semifinals against Ohio State tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.
The Hoosiers got on the board with wins at Nos. 1 and 3 in doubles play. Carolyn Chupa and Katie Klyczek upset the Wildcats' 28th-ranked tandem of Veronica Corning and Alicia Barnett, 8-6, and Kayla Fujimoto teamed up with Alecia Kauss to win 8-5 at the third position.
Northwestern had an easier go of things in singles play, rattling off four consecutive straight set victories to advance to the next round. Belinda Niu eased past Sophie Garre in the fastest match of the afternoon, winning 6-2, 6-1 to even the team score at one. Lok Sze Leung nearly earned a shut-out in her first Big Ten postseason appearance, but Gabrielle Rubenstein managed two late points to make the final score, 6-0, 6-2.
Manon Peri finished off Paula Gutierrez at No. 5 by a 6-2, 6-2 score to bring NU within one point of clinching the match, and Barnett completed the win for NU, taking down Kauss at No. 3 by a 6-3, 6-3 score.
#3 Ohio State 4, #6 Minnesota 0
Third-seeded Ohio State took down sixth-seeded Minnesota 4-0 in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals late Friday afternoon. The third-seeded Buckeyes will meet second-seeded No. 16 Northwestern at 2 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals.
It took all three matches to decide the doubles point, but Ohio State was able to triumph 8-1 at No. 2 and 8-3 at No. 3 to take the 1-0 lead. The Gopher team of Natallia Pintusava and Julia Courter upset the No. 64 OSU duo of Grainne O'Neill and Noelle Malley 8-3 at No. 1.
OSU's Nicole Flower secured a swift 6-2, 6-1 win over Minnesota's Maja Vujic at No. 5 to increase the Buckeye advantage to 2-0. Miho Kowase then beat Jessika Mozia 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 to put Ohio State within one of the victory.
Sandy Niehaus sealed the win for the Buckeyes at No. 3, prevailing 6-4, 6-2 over Julia Courter.