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    Northwestern Finalizes 2010-11 Women's Tennis Schedule

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Three-time NCAA singles All-American Maria Mosolova returns for her senior campaign in 2010-11.
    Three-time NCAA singles All-American Maria Mosolova returns for her senior campaign in 2010-11.

    Aug. 3, 2010

    Complete 2010-11 Women's Tennis Schedule

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Coming off yet another top-10 national finish in 2010, Northwestern head coach Claire Pollard announced Tuesday both the fall and spring schedules for her 2010-11 women's tennis squad. The upcoming year's slate is typically tough for NU, with the 'Cats prepared to meet a minimum of 13 teams that participated in the 2010 NCAA Championships.

    "One of the reasons our players come to Northwestern is for the opportunity to play against the best competition possible year-round," Pollard said. "That's definitely the case this year. We have probably the most complete fall schedule we've had in recent memory and open the spring against NCAA Tournament teams in three of our first four matches. There's no reason for us not to be properly prepared come April and May."

    Northwestern begins the individual fall season one week earlier than it has each of the last two years, taking part in the newly created Nike Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C. Sept. 17-19. After a third consecutive trip to the Furman Invitational the following week, NU will send a contingent of players -- led by senior Maria Mosolova -- to the All-American Championships in Los Angeles.

    As it does each fall, NU will play host to the Wildcat Invitational in Evanston Oct. 8-10. The 'Cats wrap up October at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships hosted by Big Ten rival Michigan, where NU will be looking to crown a regional singles champ for the eighth time since 2001.

    NU's fall tournament season ends in the first weekend at November with the Wildcats likely divided on three fronts: the National Indoor Singles Championship, the Desert Duals tournament and the ASU Invitational hosted by Arizona State.



    Following an eight week layoff, Northwestern resumes play when it hosts the Wildcat Spring Invitational at the Combe Tennis Center Jan. 14-16. The dual season officially gets underway the following week (Jan. 21) when NU travels to face Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech, both of whom appeared in the NCAA Championships last spring.

    Northwestern's home dual debut comes on Jan. 29 against Harvard in the first round of qualifying for the 2011 ITA National Indoor Team Championship, where Northwestern is the two-time defending national champion. NCAA Tournament-teams Nebraska and Boise State make up the remainder of NU's four-team qualifying pool.

    NU's Big Ten-opener comes early in 2011 as the Wildcats welcome Minnesota to the Combe Tennis Center on Feb. 5. The 'Cats then host a pair of tough nonconference foes in Duke and Kentucky before heading to the main draw of the National Indoor event, which this year shifts to the University of Virginia after a 23-year run of being hosted by the University of Wisconsin.

    After a light month of March, Northwestern endures a very busy April in which it hosts six home matches in an 11-day span from April 7-17. Included in that stretch are nonconference tilts with Notre Dame (April 7) and Baylor (April 14), which ended last season ranked Nos. 5 and 4 respectively.

    Northwestern and Michigan, Big Ten Tournament finalists each of the last six years, will resume their rivalry on April 23 in Ann Arbor during the final weekend of the regular season. Just a week later, Northwestern will be making a return trip to the land of the Maize and Blue for the conference tournament April 28-May 1.

    Northwestern will have its sights set on a berth in the NCAA Championships, which begin with the Regional Rounds May 13-14 followed by the completion of the national and individual tournaments hosted by Stanford May 19-30.

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