OXFORD, Ohio – In its second NCAA Tournament appearance in as many years, the Miami University women’s tennis team will travel to No. 15 seed Northwestern for its first-round match at 4 p.m. (EST) on Friday, May 9. Notre Dame and DePaul will also make the trip to Evanston, Ill. with the winners advancing to face each other in the second round on Saturday at 1 p.m. (EST).
“We’re just excited to go to Chicago and play,” said head coach Anca Dumitrescu. “For us it’s just continuing to build on our strengths, our confidence and more importantly continue to fight the way we did this past weekend. We need to continue to believe in our game plan and go out there and leave it all out on the court.”
Last week, Miami (17-6, 7-1 MAC) captured its second consecutive Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship after defeating No. 3 seed Eastern Michigan 4-2 on Sunday afternoon. Junior Alix Thurman won the match point after grinding out a third-set tiebreak victory at No. 4 singles, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). Thurman garnered MAC Tournament MVP honors. Senior Nimisha Mohan and Thurman both were both named to the MAC All-Tournament team.
Miami enters the NCAA Tournament boasting a 91-39 record in match singles play this season while adding a 32-29 clip in doubles action. Freshman Andreea Badileanu leads the RedHawks in wins with her 18-4 record while playing primarily at No. 2 singles. Mohan and junior Christine Guerrazzi each enter the NCAA Tournament carrying six-match win streaks in singles play.
Miami seeks its first win against Northwestern (16-6, 10-1 Big Ten), compiling an 0-7 all-time record against the Wildcats. The last time the two teams met was in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament when current associate head coach Ricardo Rosas was serving as the team’s interim head coach.
“Back then we had a great team, but this group has been playing some good tennis so I’m excited to see them go out there and play Northwestern,” said Rosas. “I think we have a good chance. The quality that I see in this team is that they’re learning to play good tennis when it’s needed. Northwestern is a great team but I think our team knows that and accepts that.”
Northwestern enters the Tournament on the heels of its 16th-consecutive Big Ten title after downing Michigan 4-3 in the Big Ten Tournament title match on Sunday afternoon. Wildcat individuals have combined for a 96-39 singles record in match play this season while racking up a 37-22 mark in doubles action.
The winner of Friday's match will advance to face the winner between Notre Dame (16-9, 8-6 ACC) and DePaul (22-3, 4-0 BIG EAST) at 1 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, May 10.