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Northwestern non-revenue sports update, May 9: Get ready for championship week

Five teams will be playing in the postseason in the next week.

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While basketball and football lie dormant, the rest of Northwestern’s sports are chugging along. We have another non-revenue sports update to catch you up on all the action.

Women’s Golf

The bad news is that Northwestern women’s golf did not win the Big Ten title. On the final day, the Wildcats were passed by Michigan State and finished in second by two strokes. It was really depressing, actually. Northwestern needed star golfer Hannah Kim to shoot better than 5-over for the weekend, and that just didn’t happen. However, No. 11 Northwestern will have a chance at redemption in the NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA Regional started on Monday, May 8 in Athens, Georgia. The Wildcats are pooled with 17 other teams and currently sit in fourth after a 5-over start. The top six teams in each region and the top three individuals will advance to the 2017 NCAA Championships, hosted by Northern Illinois.

Men’s Golf

On the other hand, men’s golf had a breakout performance at the Big Ten Championships, finishing second out of 14 teams in their best performance since 2011. Sophomore Ryan Lumsden finished tied for second overall and nearly took the title from Illinois’ Dylan Meyer. Meanwhile, junior Dylan Wu was named to First Team All-Big Ten and had the lowest scoring average in the Big Ten this year. Unfortunately, Illinois captured the overall team title. Watch out for these two next year!

Northwestern is the fifth seed at the Baton Rouge Regional of the NCAA Tournament which will take place from May 15-17.

Softball

Northwestern softball has had a tough season, but the Wildcats closed out the year well, winning four of their last five contests. They swept a doubleheader with Illinois in Evanston and took two of three on the road in Iowa. The regular season ends with Northwestern at 24-28. Like many teams, Northwestern will be hoping for a run in the Big Ten Tournament on May 11-13 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Women’s Tennis

This happened a while ago, but women’s tennis was knocked out by Michigan 4-1 in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. After easily defeating Michigan State 4-1 in the quarterfinals, the third-seeded Wildcats lost three three-set matches. Maddie Lipp and No. 79 Erin Larner could not get past Michigan’s two top-20 players, and the loss of the doubles point proved too much for Northwestern.

Northwestern will face Mississippi State in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on May 13. The match will occur in Atlanta.

Men’s Tennis

We’ve covered a lot of men’s tennis this year, and the team is scheduled to play 33-seed Utah State in the California regional.