The No. 6 seed Nebraska women’s tennis team travels to the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis on Friday for a 4:30 p.m. matchup against No. 4 seed Illinois. The winner of the second-round dual will advance to the semifinals on Saturday.
In Big Ten standings, the No. 19 nationally ranked Fighting Illini (20-4, 8-3 Big Ten) are just one spot above the No. 44 nationally ranked Huskers (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten), who are tied with Ohio State and Purdue for fourth place in the standings. Despite a 4-3 win over the Buckeyes in March, a 4-3 loss to the Boilermakers determined the sixth place seed for the Big Red. Illinois’ only losses in the season were to No. 2 North Carolina, No. 12 Northwestern, No. 23 Michigan and No. 28 Ohio State.
The winner of the match on Friday afternoon will advance to play either No. 2 seed Michigan, No. 7 seed Michigan State or No. 10 seed Indiana on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. CT.
The Nebraska men’s tennis team is the No. 11 seed in the 2018 Big Ten Tournament, with the tournament being held at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex in Iowa City, Iowa. The Huskers, who ended their regular season 11-14 overall and 1-10 in the Big Ten, are slated to take on the No. 6 seed Wisconsin this Thursday with first sere set for 2 p.m. (CT).
The Big Red ended their regular season splitting a weekend of matches in Michigan against Michigan State and No. 12 Michigan. Against Michigan State, the Huskers defeated the Spartans 4-3 (April 21) to earn their first Big Ten win of the season and were defeated by the No. 12 Wolverines 7-0 (April 22) finishing last in the conference.
The 2018 Big Ten Tournament is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 26 with simultaneous matches going on with host No. 8 Iowa taking on No. 9 Northwestern at 10 a.m. (CT) as well as No. 5 Indiana facing off against No. 12 Michigan State, as well as No. 7 Penn State versus No. 10 Purdue at 2 p.m. (CT). Action will continue over the weekend on Friday and Saturday with the championship match taking place on Sunday, April 29 at Noon.