May 9, 2009
The third-seeded Ohio State men's tennis team emerged from the regional bracket of the NCAA Championships with a 4-1 win over No. 35 Michigan on Saturday afternoon at the Stickney Tennis Center. With the win, the Buckeyes (33-1) improve their win streak to 25-consecutive matches and advance to the NCAA round of 16 for the sixth time in program history. OSU will play the winner of the Alabama/Boise State match in College Station, Texas, at 4 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, May 14.
Michigan was denied a return trip the NCAA round of 16 and ends its season with an overall record of 14-15, including wins in eight of its final 11 matches.
No. 13 Illinois advanced to the Sweet 16 for the eighth consecutive season with a come-from-behind 4-1 victory over No. 21 Louisville in front of a home crowd at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. The Illini prepare to face No. 4 Georgia in the round of 16 on Thursday, May 14 at 10 a.m. (CT), in a re-match of the 2007 National Championship game.
Minnesota dropped a 4-0 decision to eighth-seeded Southern California in second-round action, ending their season with a 19-8 overall record, falling one match short of reaching the NCAA round of 16. The campaign marked the Gophers’ bets turnaround season in program history after finishing 7-17 in 2008.
Second Round Results:
No. 3 OHIO STATE def. No. 35 MICHIGAN, 4-1 / Recap
No. 13 ILLINOIS def. No. 21 Louisville, 4-1 / Recap
No. 8 Southern California def. 33 MINNESOTA, 4-0 / Recap
NCAA.com Men's Tennis Championship Interactive Bracket