April 29, 2005
CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS - Rain forced Friday's (April 29) afternoon matches of the 2005 Big Ten Men's Tennis Championships inside at the Atkins Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Illinois.
In second seeded Ohio State's match-up with seventh seeded Minnesota the Buckeyes won the doubles point and never looked back, defeating the Golden Gophers 4-0 for their second win over Minnesota this season. On March 27th, OSU posted a 4-3 win in Columbus. The Scarlet and Grey will face the Maize and Blue in Saturday's (April 30) second semifinal after third seeded Michigan defeated sixth seeded Penn State in a marathon quarterfinal match, 4-3. The win is the Wolverine's second over the Nittany Lions in a week after UM won 6-1 in the season finale for both squads.
Minnesota struck first in the doubles matches with D.J. Gaetz and Mikey Kantar winning 8-6 at number three doubles. Ohio State answered back with an 8-4 win at number two doubles by Chris Klingemann and Devin Mulliings registering the victory. A fierce back and forth match at number one singles between OSU's Scott Green and Ross Wilson and UM's Avery Ticer and Adrien Debreyne resulted in the Buckeyes squeaking by, 9-8 (3).
Joey Atas gave the Buckeyes their second point of the afternoon with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Gaetz in the third singles slot. Freshman Drew Eberly put Ohio State on within in one point of a win by defeating Brian Lipinski 6-0, 7-5 at number six. Head coach Ty Tucker's top player, Devin Mullings, clinched the win for OSU with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Avery Ticer.
Michigan claimed the doubles point with their second and third teams of Josef Fisher and Ryan Heller and Vinny Gosain and David Anving winning 8-6 and 8-4, respectively. Penn State would answer back early with singles wins by Mark Berry at number one over Matko Maravic (6-0, 6-4) and Ryan Berger over Josef Fischer (6-3, 6-2) at number three singles. The Wolverines tied it up on Ryan Heller's number four singles win over Bradley Hunter by a score of 6-4, 7-5.
Penn State again went ahead on Michael James three set victory over Steven Peretz at number five singles. The freshman defeated the sophomore 6-1, 0-6, 6-4. The score went back into a tie at the conclusion of the number six singles match with David Anving defeating James Dweyer 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
Brian Hung and Malcolm Scatliffe's number two singles match would decide which team would advance to the semifinals. The first two sets required tie-breakers with Hung of Michigan taking the first, 7-6 (5) and Penn State's Scatliffe winning the second stanza, 7-6 (10). The third set would swing toward Hung early as the sophomore won 6-2 to take the match and secure the win for Michigan.
Michigan and Ohio State will battle for the right to advance to Sunday's (May 1) final at 2:00 p.m. central time at the Atkins Tennis Center at the University of Illinois.
Ohio State 4, Minnesota 0
1) (OSU) #5 Scott Green/Ross Wilson 9
(MINN) Avery Ticer/Adrien Debreyne 8 (3)
2) (OSU) Chris Klingemann/Devin Mullings 8
(MINN) Nich Edlefsen/Raoul Schwark 4
3) (OSU) Joey Atas/Drew Eberly 6
(MINN) DJ Geatz/Mikey Kantar 8
1) (OSU) #57 Devin Mullings 6 6
(MINN) #31 Avery Ticer 2 4
2) (OSU) Chris Klingemann 7 5
(MINN) Adrien Debreyne 5 4 (DNF)
3) (OSU) #59 Joey Atas 6 6
(MINN) DJ Geate 3 2
4) (OSU) Scott Green 6 4 3
(MINN) Nich Edlefsen 3 6 4 (DNF)
5) (OSU) Ross Wilson 6 1 2
(MINN) Raoul Schwark 4 6 3 (DNF)
6) (OSU) Drew Eberly 6 7
(MINN) Brian Lipinski 0 5
1) (MICH) Matko Maravic/Brian Hung 7
(PSU) Mark Barry/Malcolm Scatliffe 8 (DNF)
2) (MICH) Josef Fischer/Ryan Heller 8
(PSU) Ryan Berger/Bradley Hunter 6
3) (MICH) Vinny Gosain/David Anving 8
(PSU) Chris Sherman/Michael James 4
1) (MICH) #79 Matko Maravic 0 4
(PSU) #85 Mark Barry 6 6
2) (MICH) Brian Hung 6 (5) 7 6
(PSU) Malcolm Scatliffe 7 6 (10) 2
3) (MICH) Josef Fischer 3 2
(PSU) Ryan Berger 6 6
4) (MICH) Ryan Heller 6 7
(PSU) Bradley Hunter 4 5
5) (MICH) Steven Peretz 1 6 4
(PSU) Michael James 6 0 6
6) (MICH) David Anving 5 6 6
(PSU) James Dwyer 7 3 2