Spring Schedule Preview - Part II
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's tennis team will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 22, at home against DePaul and Ball State. This is the second of a two-part preview of the women's spring slate of matches. The second part will detail the Big Ten ledger of opponents.
If the Hoosiers non-conference schedule wasn't tough enough, seven teams that qualified for the 2004 NCAA Championships, the Big Ten boasts six teams, including IU, which went to last year's National Championships.
Indiana's first three conference matches will be on the road: Mar. 13 at Penn State, Mar. 26 at Purdue and Mar. 27 at Illinois. The Fighting Illini (17-6, 8-3 in 2004) was one of six conference team's to qualify for the postseason last year. The Hoosiers then host three-straight Big Ten opponents at the friendly-confines of the IU Varsity Tennis Courts. There won't be any fooling around when IU welcomes Northwestern to town on Apr. 1. The Wildcats and the Hoosiers shared the regular-season Big Ten title last year, but NU gave IU its lone regular-season loss and claimed the conference tournament title. Northwestern closed the year with a 25-5 mark and advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Championships.
A trio of Northwestern players occupies the top-three spots of the Midwest Region rankings, led by freshman Audra Cohen at the No. 1 position.
Two days later, IU will host 2004 NCAA participant Wisconsin, before welcoming Ohio State to town on Apr. 8. Wisconsin's top player, senior Katie McGaffigan, sister of IU player sophomore Laura McGaffigan, is ranked fourth in the Midwest Region.
After a non-conference tilt with Notre Dame, the Hoosiers will have four Big Ten matches remaining until the Big Ten Tournament.
IU has road matches at Minnesota (Apr. 15) and Iowa (Apr. 17), before the final two home contests against Michigan (Apr. 22) and Michigan State (Apr. 24).
Iowa qualified for the NCAA Tournament, but was upended by Notre Dame in the first round. Michigan, the final team on the Hoosiers schedule that advanced to the NCAA's, has two players ranking in the top-10 of the Midwest Region.
The Big Ten Tournament will be Apr. 28 - May 1 on the campus of the Michigan State University.
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