Head coach Michelle Dasso and the Illini are set for a Big Ten Tournament run as they face Minnesota on Thursday.
April 23, 2007
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois women's tennis team could not overcome No. 54 Minnesota in its final regular season match of the year to finish 5-16 overall and 1-9 in Big Ten action this past weekend. With a pair of losses, the Illini concluded the regular season 10th and claimed the 10th seed in the 2007 Big Ten Tournament, drawing No. 7-seed Minnesota in its first-round match on Thursday, April 26 at 3 p.m. (CDT).
"The Big Ten tournament is the pinnacle of the season," head coach Michelle Dasso said. "It is a time to see how our team has grown and the strides we have made. We are also looking forward to another shot at Minnesota."
The 2007 Big Ten Tournament is set to run Thursday-Sunday, April 26-29, in Minneapolis, hosted by the University of Minnesota at the Baseline Tennis Center.
Northwestern (18-4, 10-0), the tournament's No. 1 seed, finished with an unblemished league record and the conference regular season title after its win over Michigan State on Sunday, 7-0. The No. 7-ranked Wildcats will be gunning for a record-tying ninth consecutive Big Ten Championship this weekend.
Rounding out the tournament seeds are No. 2 Indiana (19-5, 9-1), No. 3 Michigan (14-6, 8-2) No. 4 Iowa (11-9, 7-3), No. 5 Ohio State (18-9, 6-4), No. 6 Purdue (12-8, 5-5), No. 7 Minnesota (11-10, 4-6), No. 8 Penn State (9-12, 3-7), No. 9 Michigan State (12-11, 2-8) and No. 11 Wisconsin (4-16, 0-10).
Illinois is no stranger to its first round opponent, Minnesota, as the two both met in their final regular season matchups this past Sunday. Illinois captured the doubles point in their meeting with the Gophers, but after three Illini took sets from their Minnesota opponents in singles, only one was able to capture a match victory in the Fighting Illini's 5-2 loss.
A full recap of the match between Minnesota and Illinois will be available at fightingillini.com, following the conclusion of the dual.
A complete 2007 Big Ten Tournament bracket is available below.