Where: East Peoria is host team, but matches will be played at the Illinois Central College courts
When: 9 a.m. Saturday
2017 champions: Team — Dunlap; No. 1 singles — Taylor Disharoon (Dunlap); No. 1 doubles — Ashley Mohr and Laynie Laktas (Morton).
Team favorites: Metamora, Washington, Dunlap
Outlook: Metamora went unbeaten against conference teams during the regular season, but beat defending champion Dunlap and Washington by 5-4 scores. Washington went 5-1 and Dunlap 4-2 in Mid-Illini matches. Top seed in singles could be Sierra Sonnemaker of Washington, ahead of defending champ Disharoon.
Big 12 Conference
Where: Champaign Centennial is host school. Doubles and 1-5 singles will be played at Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana; first two rounds of No. 6 singles will be played at Blair Park in Urbana.
When: Doubles — 1 p.m. Friday; singles — 9 a.m. Saturday
Defending team champion: Normal Community
Team favorites: Danville and Normal Community
Outlook: Danville has the No. 1 seeds in three singles and in the No. 1 doubles flights. Normal Community is the two-time defending champion, winning five of the nine flights last year. The Ironmen have one No. 1 seed and seven No. 2 seeds in this year's flights. Notre Dame has been the high finishing area team for the past two years, placing sixth both times. The only seeded area players are all from Notre Dame. Sydnee O’Donnell is the No. 3 seed in No. 2 singles; O’Donnell and Grace Couri are seeded fifth in No. 1 doubles; Maria Coulter is seeded No. 4 in No. 1 singles; and Natalie Giovani is the No. 5 seed in No. 4 singles.