May 22, 2004
Illinois Defeats Harvard, 4-3
Senior Michael Calkins clinched the match for Illinois in Saturday's NCAA Sweet Sixteen match against Harvard. Calkins clinched the deciding point in an exciting, three set win over Cliff Nguyen, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2., keeping the Illini's perfect dual match streak alive.
Illinois started the day by winning the doubles competition, which turned out to be the deciding point in the match. The tandem of Brian Wilson and Phil Stolt beat Harvard's Jonathan Chu and Brandon Chiu, 8-6 at No. 1 singles, while GD Jones and Ryler DeHeart won their match at third singles by the same score.
After doubles, the singles matches went back and forth, as each team traded points. Harvard evened the score at one, before DeHeart recorded a straight set victory, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 3. Stolt lost his match second singles, however Wilson gave the Illini another advantage when he recorded his second win of the day on court one. Junior Chris Martin fell to Harvard's Martin Wetzel in three sets, allowing the Crimson to tie the match once more, this time at 3-3. Calkins then closed out the match to bounce Harvard from the tournament, and send Illinois to the next round.
Illinois will play Vanderbilt, Sunday, at 5 p.m.
Ohio State Upsets Virginia in Sweet Sixteen
Ohio State, ranked No. 22 in the country, upset No. 6 Virginia Saturday, 4-3, in the NCAA round of 16. With the win, the Buckeyes advance to play No. 3 Baylor, tomorrow, at 2 p.m.
After dropping the doubles point, Ohio State rallied to claim four of six singles matches. Dennis Mertens got the Buckeyes on the board first, defeating Virginia's Darrin Cohen, 6-3, 7-6, at six singles. Senior Jeremy Wurtzman then tied match at two all when he beat Doug Stewart, 6-2, on court one. At fifth singles, Ross Wilson put Ohio State ahead for the first time in the match with his straight set victory over Nick Meythaler.
The Cavaliers evened the score when Marko Miklo dropped OSU's Chris Klingemann, 6-4, 6-0. With only one match remaining, and the score tied at three, Ohio State turned its attention to Devin Mullings at No. 4 singles. Mullings came through for the Bucks, notching a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Virginia's Stephen Rozek.
"It was a great win for Ohio State," said head coach Ty Tucker. "It's probably a win that will put Ohio State in the top-10 rankings for the first time ever. That was the goal at the start of the season. We find ourselves in the quarterfinals and we'll just try to add some gravy or whip cream to it."