- Ohio State sweeps Big Ten awards for men’s tennis; All-conference teams announced
- #1 seed Ohio State advanced to the semifinals of Big Ten Men’s Tennis Championships (BTMTC) with 4-0 win over host Iowa.
- #4 seed Minnesota eliminated #5 seed Indiana from not only the BTMTC, but likely, consideration for the NCAA Tournament at-large bid with a 4-1 victory.
- #2 seed Illinois handled the weather and #7 seed Penn State
- #3 seed Michigan received a tough challenge from Wisconsin, but prevailed to the semifinals
- Semifinals start tomorrow at 12 noon EDT. I will be there providing coverage on Twitter. You can follow me on Twitter @OtMarcwMrClutch with latest coverage.
We touched up on the men's bubble watch earlier so now let's discuss the women. I listed all the teams ranked 37 to 50, excluding the conference champions, however both No. 37 Wichita State and No. 38 NC State are probably both going to get in since there is a few point drop off down to No. 40 Clemson. The at-large cutoff is expected to be at 41 with eight conference champions currently ranked inside the top 41 so that means out of the list of teams from 40 to 50 there are only going to be two spots open to fill.
Last weekend was full of some wild finishes, but as the dust settled, one team remained on top.
TCU held serve and finished the Big XII regular season a perfect 5-0. Over the weekend, TCU beat Baylor at home and Texas Tech on the road. TCU locked up the regular season title on Thursday by beating Baylor 4-1. TCU won the doubles point fairly comfortably and won all three singles matches 6-3, 6-4. Baylor’s win came from Roy Smith at #6 singles 6-0, 6-1. On Sunday TCU played Texas Tech in Lubbock. The Horned Frogs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the match; however, the Red Raiders had the momentum as they took the first set on the four remaining courts. Texas Tech was able to win two of those, but it was Alastair Gray at #4 singles who came back and clinched the win for TCU. They are the #1 seed in the conference tournament and earned a bye Friday and will play Saturday at noon.
The final week of the regular season is coming to a close and while some teams wrapped up play last week others are playing conference tournaments this week. If you are ranked in the 38 to 50 range that means you're on the bubble so not only do you want to keep winning (if you have matches left) but you also need others around you to fall so they don't pass you. I'll go team-by-team to tell you what each team needs to do to give themselves their best chance of securing an NCAA at-large bid. The at-large cutoff is expected to be at either 42 or 43 with San Diego's outcome at the WCC Tournament determining which number it'll be. A USD title would mean 43 while a USD loss would mean 42.
The #33 Wolf Pack of NC State hosted Pittsburgh and Syracuse over the weekend, and split, beating Pitt but falling to a Syracuse team that has had a really good April. NC State ends conference play at 7-7, Pitt goes winless, and #27 Syracuse ends conference play 8-6.
After starting conference play 3-2, U of L drops its final 9 games, with losses to Miami and Florida State this past weekend, to finish a disappointing 3-11. Speaking of disappointing, the Demon Deacons dropped both their matches, losing to Boston College on Friday and to UVa on Sunday. They have fallen all the way to an 11 seed in the ACC tournament and will face 14 seed Notre Dame on Wednesday. The Hokies had the unenviable task of ending against Ga Tech and Duke and lost both. They end at 3-11 in conference play and open the tourney against Louisville on Wednesday.
Twelve automatic bids went out last week on the women's side, eleven conference tournaments and the Ivy League, with the top seed winning seven conference tournaments and the two seed winning the other four. Below are last week's big winners and further below are the teams that were last week's biggest losers.
Vanderbilt - the Commodores won the SEC Championship for the second year in a row, third time in the last four years, with a 4-0 win over the second seed Florida. VU junior Fernanda Contreras clinched the match with a dominating 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2. The top seeds defeated Texas A&M 4-1 in the quarterfinals and Ole Miss 4-1 in the semifinals.