1999 Big Ten Tennis Championships
%^$April 29-May 2, 1999
%^$Hosted by the University of Michigan
%^$Varsity Tennis Center
%^$Ann Arbor, Mich.
Updated scores and results
Big Ten Championships Preview
%^$Illinois is the heavy favorite to take its third consecutive Big Ten crown in the Big Ten Tennis Championships, April 29-May 2, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Fighting Illini has won 29 consecutive matches against Big Ten opponents and has not lost in the Big Ten Tournament since 1996. They just completed their second consecutive perfect Big Ten regular season with wins over Michigan and Michigan State last weekend.
A likely opponent in the finals for Illinois is Michigan, which finished in second place in the Big Ten with a 9-1 record, its lone loss coming to Illinois, 6-1, April 24. The Wolverines will be a team to watch not only because of their solid regular season but because they will be the host of the event. UM last won the Big Ten Championships in 1996.
Teams that it would be a wise idea to keep an eye on are Purdue, Minnesota and Indiana. It was a strange season for the Boilermakers (Tied 3rd place, 7-3), who won their first four conference matches, dropped their next three, then won three in a row to finish the year. Although they ended up tied with Minnesota for third place, Purdue will be the third seed in the tournament based on its 4-3 victory over the Gophers April 4.
A staple of Minnesota’s (Tied 3rd place, 7-3) success the past four seasons has been their ability to turn their level of play up a notch in the postseason. After winning four of their last five matches, the Gophers appear primed to do that very thing once again. A championship this year would be Minnesota’s first since 1995, when it won the last of four consecutive Big Ten crowns.
Also finishing on a roll are the Hoosiers (5th place, 6-4), who enter the tournament having won three in a row. They are gunning for their first Big Ten title since 1964.
Ohio State (11th place, 0-10) is hoping the four 4-3 matches in which they were defeated this year will be reversed into wins. The Buckeyes’ first round opponent is Michigan State (6th place, 5-5), a team to which OSU narrowly lost during the regular season. The youthful Ohio State lineup has gained experience this season and is ready to turn some heads starting Thursday.
The Big Ten Championships get underway Thursday, April 29, at the Varsity Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Michigan. The finals will be played Sunday, May 2 at 1 p.m.
For a team-by-team breakdown of the Big Ten Tournament, click here.
SCHEDULE OF MATCHES
FIRST ROUND MATCHES
%^$Thursday, April 29
%^$(Numbers preceding school indicate seeding)
%^$Match No. 1 – No. 9 Wisconsin def. No. 8 Iowa, 4-0
%^$Match No. 2 – No. 7 Northwestern def. No. 10 Penn State, 4-1
%^$Match No. 3 – No. 6 Michigan State def. No. 11 Ohio State, 4-2
%^$Friday, April 30
%^$Match No. 4 – No. 1 Illinois def. No. 9 Wisconsin, 4-0
%^$Match No. 5 – No. 7 Northwestern def. No. 2 Michigan, 4-3
%^$Match No. 6 – No. 3 Purdue def. No. 6 Michigan State, 4-0
%^$Match No. 7 – No. 4 Minnesota def. No. 5 Indiana, 4-0
%^$Saturday, May 1
%^$Match No. 8 – No. 1 Illinois 4; No. 4 Minnesota 0
%^$Match No. 9 – No. 3 Purdue 4; No. 7 Northwestern 2
%^$Sunday, May 2
%^$Match No. 10 – No. 1 Illinois 4; No. 3 Purdue 0
1998 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS REVIEW
%^$April 30-May 3, 1998
%^$Hosted by the University of Illinois
%^$Atkins Tennis Center
(Numbers preceding team indicate seeding)
%^$Championship Match: No. 1 Illinois def. No. 2 Northwestern, 4-1%^$3rd place playoff: No. 3 Purdue def. No. 4 Michigan, 4-3%^$5th place playoff: No. 6 Minnesota def. No. 5 Wisconsin, 4-2%^$7th place playoff: No. 9 Michigan State def. No. 7 Indiana, 4-3%^$9th place: No. 8 Iowa%^$10th place playoff: No. 10 Penn State def. No. 11 Ohio State, 4-0
BIG TEN TEAM TITLES
%^$Michigan………………36%^$Chicago……………….13%^$Minnesota……………..10%^$Illinois………………10%^$Northwestern………….. 9%^$Indiana………………. 5%^$OHIO STATE……………. 3%^$Michigan State………… 2%^$Iowa…………………. 1%^$Butler……………….. 1%^$