Illinois And Ohio State Headed To NCAA Sweet Sixteen




May 16, 2004

Illini Continue to Roll

Illinois recorded its second straight NCAA tournament sweep Sunday, when the top ranked squad bounced Arizona State, 4-0. The Illini will now head to Tulsa next week in defense of their 2003 national team title.

Illinois got the win thanks to the play of its senior trio of Brian Wilson, Phil Stolt, and Michael Calkins. The tri-captains all recorded straight set victories over their opponents at first, second, and fourth singles, respectively, to clinch the match for coach Craig Tiley's squad.

The seniors were also key in securing the doubles point against ASU. Wilson and Stolt teamed together on the first court to win 8-6, while Calkins and junior Chris Martin won their match, 8-4.

The Illini have now won 61 consecutive matches, with their last loss coming during the 2001-02 season.

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Ohio State Headed Back to Sweet Sixteen

The Buckeyes won a thrilling match over host team North Carolina, 4-3, in Sunday's NCAA Tournament second round. With the win, Ohio State qualified for its second straight sweet 16 appearance.

Senior Chris Klingemann clinched the match for the Bucks at No. 3 singles when he defeated Tar Heel Derek Porter, 6-0, 7-5. Klingemann's point was the fourth won by Ohio State in the singles portion of the match, as Jeremy Wurtzman, Devin Mullins, and Dennis Mertens also notched wins. Both Wutzman and Mertens won their battles in three tight sets, while Mullins swept his opponent at No. 4 singles for the second time in as many days.

Ohio State did lose the doubles point in the match. However, the tandem of Brenton Contini and Mertens did record an 8-3 win at third doubles.

The win over No. 16 UNC pushes Ohio State's record against ranked opponents to an even, 4-4.

 

 

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