The Week Ahead: April 23-29

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence men's tennis team is headed to the Midwest Conference Tournament for the third consecutive season with a berth in the NCAA Division III Championships on the line. The Vikings face Lake Forest College in the semifinals on Friday. Warm temperatures this week means the Lawrence baseball and softball teams can return to Whiting Field for Midwest Conference games. Lawrence softball closes out the conference season four doubleheaders this week, including three at home.

BASEBALL (10-13, 3-3 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence at Ripon (6-14, 3-3 MWC), doubleheader

When and Where: Wednesday, April 25, 1 p.m., Francis Field, Ripon, Wis.

Webcast/Live Stats: Lawrence at Ripon

Series Record: In a series that started in 1958, Ripon holds a 145-63 edge over Lawrence.

Opponent: Lawrence at St. Norbert (16-8, 5-3 MWC), doubleheader

When and Where: Saturday, April 28, 1 p.m., Mel Nicks Field, De Pere, Wis.

Live Stats: Lawrence at St. Norbert

Opponent: Lawrence vs. St. Norbert (16-8, 5-3 MWC), doubleheader

When and Where: Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m., Whiting Field

Series Record: In a series that started in 1958, St. Norbert has a 135-46 lead over Lawrence.

Live Stats: Lawrence vs. St. Norbert

Fast Fact: Lawrence hits the homestretch of the Midwest Conference season with 10 games left over the course of the next two weeks. The Vikings are currently tied for second place in the North Division, and the top two teams from each division earn a berth in the conference tournament.

SOFTBALL (8-18, 2-8 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence vs. St. Norbert (8-16, 4-6 MWC), doubleheader

When and Where: Wednesday, April 25, 3 p.m., Whiting Field

Series Record: In a series that started in 1980, St. Norbert holds a 51-29 advantage over the Vikings.

Webcast: Lawrence vs. St. Norbert

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Knox (5-21, 1-11 MWC), doubleheader

When and Where: Thursday, April 26, 1 p.m., Whiting Field

Webcast: Lawrence vs. Knox

Series Record: Lawrence holds a 15-3 advantage over Knox in a series that started in 2001. The Vikings have won seven straight over the Prairie Fire.

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Cornell (17-15, 5-5 MWC), doubleheader

When and Where: Saturday, April 28, 3 p.m., Dawson Complex, Janesville,Wis.

Live Stats: Lawrence vs. Cornell

Series Record: In a series that started in 2000, Cornell has a 9-2 edge over Lawrence.

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Illinois College (17-9, 9-3 MWC), doubleheader

When and Where: Sunday, April 29, noon, Whiting Field

Webcast: Lawrence vs. Illinois College

Series Record: Lawrence has a 10-9 edge over Illinois College in a series that started in 1998.

Fast Fact: Lawrence is squeezing in the final eight games of its Midwest Conference schedule over the course of five days. The final doubleheader of that stretch is Sunday against Illinois College, and the Vikings will honor Kori Looker, the lone senior on the squad. Lawrence coach Kim Tatro also needs two wins this week to hit 500 total victories for her career. She has 407 in softball to go with 91 in volleyball during her coaching career.

MEN'S TENNIS (12-8)

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Lake Forest (13-7), Midwest Conference Tournament Semifinals

When and Where: Friday, April 27, 10 a.m., Nielsen Tennis Stadium, Madison, Wis.

Series Record: In a series that started in 1975, Lake Forest has a 16-13 advantage over Lawrence.

Opponent: Lawrence vs. TBD, Midwest Conference Tournament Championship

When and Where: Friday, April 27, 2:30 p.m., Nielsen Tennis Stadium, Madison, Wis.

Fast Fact: Lawrence is playing in the four-team Midwest Conference Tournament for the third consecutive season. Lawrence enters as the third seed and face second-seeded Lake Forest in the semifinals with top seed Grinnell taking on Monmouth in the other semifinal. The singles and doubles portion of the Midwest Conference Championships will be contested on Saturday and Sunday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

TRACK AND FIELD

Event: St. Norbert Quadrangular

When and Where: Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m., Schneider Stadium, De Pere, Wis.

Fast Fact: Lawrence distance star Josh Janusiak ripped off one of the fastest 5,000 meters in the nation last week when he posted a time of 14:34.55 at the Brian Clay Invitational. Janusiak currently holds the eighth-fastest time in the nation in the 5,000. He broke his own school record of 14:42.86. Sprinter Will Nichols also set a school record this past week when he broke the 200-meter mark with a time of 22.46 seconds, .02 seconds faster than Josh Meyer's mark of 22.48 set back in 2001.