The Badgers qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in program history and the sixth time in coach Patti Henderson's ten seasons.
No. 50 Wisconsin (13-11) faced 24th-rnaked Tennessee (13-13) earlier this season, losing to the Volunteers 4-2 in the second consolation match of the USTA/ITA Women's National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 7. In that match, Badger junior Katie McGaffigan topped then-No. 13 Tennessee senior Tammy Encina 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in the No. 1 singles match. McGaffigan's doubles partner, junior Lindsay Martin, earned Wisconsin's only other point. She beat junior Ashley Robards 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4).
If the Badgers prevail Friday, they will play again Saturday against the winner of the matchup between No. 15 North Carolina (19-8), the host school, and No. 75 Winthrop (16-2), the Big South Conference Champion.
Wisconsin last made the tournament two seasons ago when it beat Notre Dame 4-2 in round one before losing to Northwestern 4-0.
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Men's and women's track: Wisconsin at Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Friday, May 14 through Sunday, May 16 in West Lafayette, Ind.
The Badger men's track team, ranked No. 14 in the nation in the Trackwire rankings and No. 4 in the United States Track Coaches Association Team Power Rankings, aims for yet another Big Ten Conference Triple Crown this weekend.
Wisconsin has won the men's triple crown—conference titles in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track—in five of the last nine seasons and is heavily favored to make it 6-for-10 this weekend. The Badgers won the conference indoor championship with 174.5 points, 52.5 more than closest competitor Minnesota. Wisconsin was just as dominant in cross country, posting 40 points, 17 better than second-place Michigan and 50 better than third-place Indiana.
Four Badgers own a top mark among Big Ten athletes this spring: freshman Demi Omole in the 100 meters (10.29), junior Matt Tegenkamp in the 5,000 (13:30.90), junior Dan Murray in the 800 (1:48.04) and junior Josh Spiker in the 1,500 (3:40.36).
Twenty additional Wisconsin athletes are in the top five in their events. For a complete list of Badger men's athletes rated in the top 20 in any event, click here.
The women's track team will also compete in West Lafayette this weekend. The Badgers finished finish at Big Ten Outdoors last year and finished seventh at the 2004 Big Ten Indoor Championship.
Junior distance runner Hilary Edmondson will try to maintain Wisconsin's dominance in the 1,500 meters. A Badger has won the outdoor title in the event 17 consecutive years, dating back to Suzy Favor's first of four straight titles in 1987. Edmondson won the event as a freshman three years ago and is currently the top Big Ten performer, with a time of 4:17.5. Michigan's Lindsey Gallo is No. 2 on the conference list at 4:18.15.
The Badgers have seven other athletes in the top five on the Big Ten performance lists. For a complete list of Wisconsin women's athletes rated in the top 20 in any event, click here.
Women's openweight crew: Wisconsin at South-Central Regional NCAA Qualifier at Melton Hill Lake, Oak Ridge, Tenn., Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16.
The regional rowing competition is the Badgers last chance to make an impression on the NCAA selection committee, which will announce the field for the NCAA Championship on Tuesday. Twelve teams will send their varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four to the regatta in Sacramento, Calif., May 28-30. Four additional varsity eights will also be selected.
Wisconsin, the runner-up at the Big Ten Championships, is currently ranked tenth in the nation.