April 22, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Big Ten conference released the women's tennis tournament bracket on Monday. The Boilermakers drew the No. 4 seed and will play the winner of the No. 5/No. 12 matchup between Illinois and Michigan State on Friday at 10 a.m. ET.
Purdue finished the regular season with a 16-4 overall record and 8-3 in the Big Ten. All four of Purdue's losses came to B1G teams that finished ahead of it in the standings as the Boilermakers fell to Northwestern twice, and Michigan and Nebraska. The Boilermakers are currently ranked 27th in the nation.
Michigan State finished the season 11-15 and just 1-10 in conference play. The lone Big Ten win came against Ohio State this past weekend by a 5-2 score. The victory was the Spartans' first conference win since 2011 when they also won a single conference match. Purdue and Michigan State met earlier this season in East Lansing, Mich., with the Boilermakers coming out on top, 5-2. A full recap and box score of that match can be found here.
Illinois finished the season 13-10 and 6-5 in conference play. The Boilermakers and Fighting Illini faced each other on Sunday with Purdue picking up its first win in the series since 2007. That recap and box score can be found here. The Boilermakers won the match, 5-2. Illinois earned the five seed despite finishing with an identical conference mark as Indiana because it held the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Purdue and Illinois have had a history of meeting in the Big Ten tournament. The Fighting Illini bounced the Boilermakers from the tournament in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Last season, Purdue's tournament run began on Thursday with a No. 5 vs. No. 12 matchup against Michigan State. The Boilermakers won and advanced to face the No. 4 seed, Nebraska. There, Purdue again won to move onto the semifinals where it faced top-seeded Northwestern. The Boilermakers upset the Wildcats and then upset the Michigan Wolverines in the title match to win the Big Ten Tournament.
Michigan earned the top seed in the tournament while Nebraska is the second seed. Northwestern is the No. 3 seed.
The 2013 women's Big Ten tournament is hosted by Indiana. All matches will be played on the IU Varsity Tennis Courts.