April 22, 2013
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The University of Iowa women’s tennis team travels to Bloomington, Ind. this week to compete in the 2013 Big Ten Tournament. The tournament is scheduled to begin Thursday, with first-round matches beginning at 9 a.m. (CT) at the IU Varsity Tennis Courts. Friday will feature quarterfinal matches beginning at 9 a.m., while Saturday will showcase the tournament semifinals starting at 9 a.m. Sunday’s championship match is scheduled for 11 a.m. Live match updates will be available on the Iowa women’s tennis schedule page.
Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin finished at 3-8 in Big Ten play, creating a four-way tie for the eighth seed. Based on the tiebreaking procedures, the Hawkeyes (10-12) earned the No. 8 seed in the tournament and will face the ninth-seeded Buckeyes (10-13), with the No. 1 seed Wolverines awaiting the winner.
In her first season on campus, junior Ruth Seaborne has started every match at the top of Iowa’s lineup. The London, England, native owns a 12-8 record at the No. 1 position and is currently ranked No. 96 in the ITA singles rankings. Seaborne is 4-5 against ranked opponents.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
Iowa fell to Ohio State, 6-1, when they visited the Buckeyes earlier in the season. Shelby Talcott picked up a straight-set victory over Fidan Manashirova (6-3, 6-2) to record Iowa’s lone point at the No. 2 position. Entering the Big Ten Tournament, the Buckeyes have suffered four straight losses against Big Ten opponents. They finished the regular season 10-13 overall, and 3-8 in conference play.
SEEDS UNDER DOUGHERTY
Iowa’s No. 8 seed is its highest Big Ten Tournament seed since Doughtery’s first season on campus. The Hawkeyes went 1-1 as the No. 4 seed in 2010. Iowa beat No. 5 Indiana in the quarterfinals, 4-1, before falling to No. 1 Michigan, 4-1, in the semifinals. Iowa was seeded ninth in 2011 and 11th in 2012.
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