Conference Standouts Ready for Singles, Doubles Championships
May 25, 2010
Following the team championships on Tuesday night, the singles and doubles portion of the 2010 NCAA Men’s Division I Tennis Championships will begin Wednesday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex at the University of Georgia, with six men’s singles standouts taking part in the NCAA Singles Championship and four doubles pairs making the NCAA Doubles Championships field.
Beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Illinois’ Dennis Nevolo and Wisconsin’s Marek Michalicka take part in the first matches of the singles championship. Nevolo battles North Carolina’s Jose Hernandez and Michalicka faces Raony Carvalho of Texas Tech.
At Noon, Big Ten Athlete of the Year Chase Buchanan of Ohio State, the No. 7 overall seed, challenges Florida State’s Jean Aubone, while Michigan’s Jason Jung will battle Michael Shabaz of Virginia at 12:30 p.m. Wisconsin’s Moritz Baumann will be in action at 1 p.m. against fourth-seeded Guillermo Gomez of Georgia Tech and Ohio State’s Justin Kronauge takes of Vahid Mirzadeh of Florida State at 5 p.m.
The doubles draw begins on Thursday with four Big Ten duos taking part in the 32-team field. Illinois’ Marek Czerwinski and Nevolo face Mississippi’s Christoph Thiemann and Marcel Thiemann, while Michigan’s Jung and Evan King challenge Carvalho and Rafael Garcia of Texas Tech. Elsewhere, Ohio State’s Buchanan and Dino Marcan take on Tim Puetz and Alexander Stamchev of Auburn, and Wisconsin’s Baumann and Michalicka face the top-seeded team of Reid Carleton and Henrique Cunha of Duke.
Action in both the singles’ and doubles’ fields will be held on consecutive days, with the finals being contested on May 31.
Three Big Ten student-athletes have won an NCAA Championship in the singles draw, with the most recent being former Illinois standout Amer Delic in 2003. Three conference pairs have claimed championships, with the latest coming from the Illinois team of Kevin Anderson and Ryan Rowe in 2006.