Nine Big Ten Student-Athletes Prepare for NCAA Men's Tennis Singles & Doubles Championships
May 24, 2005
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - A total of nine Big Ten student-athletes are preparing for singles and doubles competition at the 2005 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships, which run May 25-30 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.
Big Ten champion Illinois boasts three of the Conference's seven singles players, led by Ryler DeHeart, the League's Athlete of the Year and the seventh overall seed for the NCAA Championship. DeHeart opens singles play against Tennessee's Mark Dietrich at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Also competing for the Illini is Big Ten Freshman of the Year Kevin Anderson, who is slated to battle Oklahoma's Marek Velicka at 10 a.m., as well as GD Jones, who will face Boise State's Luke Shields at 11:30 a.m.
Indiana's Jakub Praibis, who earned a spot into the field of 64 after originally being seeded as the second alternate, earns first-round competition against Virginia Tech's Stephane Rod at 10 a.m. At the same time, Minnesota's Avery Ticer will take on South Alabama's Franticek Babej.
Ohio State's Devin Mullings will battle Jerry Makowski of Texas A&M on his home court at 12 p.m., while at 1 p.m., Penn State's Mark Barry will face top-seeded Benedikt Dorsch of Baylor.
The Big Ten also boasts a pair of doubles teams in action this week, as Ohio State's Scott Green and Ross Wilson enter the tournament as the fourth overall seed. The Buckeye tandem will battle Middle Tennessee's Marco Born and Andreas Siljestrom on Thursday. Also that day, Illinois' combo of DeHeart and Jones will take on UCLA's Alberton Francis and Krzysztof Kwinta in first-round doubles action. First-serve time is yet to be determined for both doubles matches, however neither one of them will begin before 1 p.m.
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