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And now the hard part

Well, that was fun, wasn't it?

IPFW's women's tennis team defeated Oral Roberts 4-2 last Saturday to win the Summit League Tournament championship to go along with the regular season title.

And just as in basketball, whoever wins the tournament moves into the NCAA tourney.

IPFW, 24-5 and winner of 21 consecutive matches, doesn't know who it will play yet in the NCAAs. That will come on Tuesday with tennis' version of a selection show, on ESPN News at 5 p.m.

But Mastodons coach Eric Burns has the prospective field narrowed to three teams, and none of them spells out good news for IPFW.

Notre Dame could wind up serving as the tournament host, and the Irish are one of the teams Burns said his team could face. Notre Dame, which recently won the Big East championship, is ranked fifth in the country with a 22-3 record.

Other possibilities are Michigan and Northwestern.

No. 4 Michigan (20-3) recently took the Big Ten championship, and Northwestern (18-6) is ranked No. 6.