Nittany Lions To Face No. 48 Indiana in First Round of Big Ten Tournament
April 23, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State women's tennis (6-17, 2-9 Big Ten) heads to Evanston, Ill. as the tournament 10-seed where they'll face the seventh-seeded, No. 48 Indiana Hoosiers (18-8, 6-5 Big Ten) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. The match is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center on the campus of Northwestern.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW
Ohio State and Purdue round out the top four seeds that will all have first round byes. The Fighting Illini earned the 5-seed in a three-team tiebreaker with the sixth-seed Minnesota Gophers and 7-seed Hoosiers. Michigan State finished 5-6 in the Big Ten giving them the eighth-seed while Iowa earns the 9-seed with their win against the Nittany Lions on Sunday.
The Nittany Lions earned the tournament's 10-seed after knocking off Wisconsin and Nebraska who are the final two seeds respectively. The top eight seeds in this year's tournament are currently ranked in the ITA Team Poll. The Nittany Lions are looking for their first win in the Big Ten Tournament since 2007 when they knocked off Michigan State 4-2.
LAST TIME OUT
Katherine Whiteaway (Sawbridgeworth, England) and Katia Blik (Moscow, Russia) earned straight sets victories over their opponents to pull the Nittany Lions within one. Carmen Sandor (Toronto, Canada) tied the match at three, winning the final two sets over Mary Hanna at No. 3 singles to send the deciding point to the No. 1 match between Dasha Sapogova (Minsk, Belarus) and Maggy Lehmicke. After winning the first set, Sapogova fell in the second set forcing the two to play a third. In the final set Sapogova clinched the 4-3 victory taking the set, 6-3.
On Sunday the Nittany Lions faced Iowa with the 9-seed in the Big Ten Tournament on the line. The Hawkeyes took an early lead and never looked back taking the first and last three points with Blik earning a win at the No. 2 singles position giving the Nittany Lions their only point in the 6-1 defeat.
All ten Hoosier players have records better than .500 with Sophie Garr leading the way with an 19-3 mark in the spring and a 28-5 record overall during her senior year. Four Hoosiers have already reached the 20-win mark this year including Katie Klyczek who has posted a 12-9 record to lead the Hoosiers playing at No. 1 singles. Carolyn Chipa and Alecia Kauss are the other Hoosiers who have eclipsed the 20-win mark this season. In doubles Chupa and Klyczek lead the Hoosiers with a 14-6 record together playing in the top spot.
The Hoosiers spoiled Penn State's senior day when they met two weekends ago. In the match Indiana won all three doubles matches and took five of the six matches in singles. Sapogova earned the lone point for Penn State in the 6-1 defeat, knocking off Katie Klyczek in comeback fashion after dropping the first set and falling behind 5-0 in the second.
PENN STATE-INDIANA SERIES HISTORY
The last time these two team met in the postseason, Indiana earned a 4-0 win over the Nittany Lions in the first round of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan.