Illinois Advances to NCAA Men's Tennis Round of 16
May 19, 2005
Illinois (25-3) is set to represent the Big Ten Conference in the Round of 16 in NCAA Men's Tennis play this weekend, May 21-22.
The No. 5 Illini advanced to the Round of 16 for the seventh time in the last eight years thanks to their 4-1 second round victory over Louisville at the Atkins Tennis Center last Sunday. The win sends the Illini to College Station, Texas, where Illinois will face No. 18 Florida State on Saturday.
Should Illinois defeat Florida State, the Illini, winners of four consecutive Big Ten Championship titles and nine of the last 10, will face the winner of Florida and South Carolina on May 22 at 4 p.m.
Illinois is 12-1 in the past two years of the NCAA Championships. The Illini have also won at least three tournament matches and reached the national quarterfinal in four of the past five seasons.
In addition to Illinois representing the Big Ten in College Station, a total of eight Big Ten student-athletes were selected as singles and doubles participants, while one is tabbed as an alternate. Seventh-seeded Ryler DeHeart of Illinois joined teammate GD Jones, Minnesota's Avery Ticer and Ohio State's Devin Mullings as automatic qualifiers from the Midwest Region, while Illinois' Kevin Anderson, the League's Freshman of the Year, and Indiana's Jakub Praibis were awarded at-large bids. Penn State's Mark Barry earned an automatic qualifying bid from the Northeast Region. Selected as an alternate for singles competition was Ohio State's Joey Atas (6th). In doubles, Ohio State's Scott Green and Ross Wilson, as well as Illinois' DeHeart and Jones, were tabbed automatic qualifiers from the Midwest Region.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 25-30 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, following the conclusion of the team championship (May 21-24).