Big Ten Men's Tennis Set for NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships
May 25, 2011
The Big Ten will be well-represented in the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships this week, as seven singles players and three doubles pairs compete for national titles in Stanford, Calif. The national singles tournament begins on Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT while the doubles championship begins on Thursday at 10 a.m.
Ohio State's Matt Allare opens the singles tournament for the Big Ten contingent, squaring off against Oklahoma's Costin Paval at 10 a.m. Michigan's Evan King takes on Auburn's Tim Puetz at 11 a.m., while teammate Jason Jung competes against Stanford's Bradley Klahn and Wisconsin's Marek Michalicka faces Texas A&M's Austin Krajicek at Noon.
Fifth-seeded Blaz Rola of Ohio State takes on Stanford's Ryan Thacher at 1:30 p.m. After earning No. 9-16 seeds, Ohio State's Chase Buchanan and Illinois' Dennis Nevolo round out the day's action as Buchanan meets USC's Ray Sarmiento at 3 p.m. and Nevolo takes on Radford's Ivan Salec at 3:30 p.m.
Two Buckeye doubles pairs and a Wolverine duo will compete in doubles matches on Thursday. Ohio State's Allare and Peter Kobelt open play against No. 1 seed Boris Conkic and John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee, while Buchanan and Rola take on USC's Steve Johnson and Sarmiento. Michigan's Jung and King meet USC's Jaak Poldma and J.T. Sundling in the first round.
Singles and doubles matches continue on consecutive days through the finals on May 30.
Three Big Ten singles players and three conference doubles duos have taken home national titles, most recently when Illinois' Amer Delic won the singles crown in 2003 and the Fighting Illini's Kevin Anderson and Ryan Rowe won the doubles title in 2006.