Three Big Ten Men's Tennis Players Advance to Second Round of NCAA Singles Championship
May 25, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Three Big Ten men's tennis players moved on to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship after wins in Wednesday's first round. Illinois' Dennis Nevolo, Michigan's Evan King and Ohio State's Blaz Rola will each compete in second-round matches on Thursday.
Nevolo, seeded in the No. 9-16 group, defeated Radford's Ivan Salec, 6-3, 7-6 (3) and will take on either USC's Daniel Nguyen or SMU's Artern Baradach on Thursday. King took down No. 9-16 Tim Puetz of Auburn, 6-3, 6-0, and will face Texas Tech's Gonzalo Escobar in the second round. Fifth-seeded Rola downed Stanford's Ryan Thacher, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, and will meet either Notre Dame's Casey Watt or Pepperdine's Finn Tearney.
Michigan's Jason Jung dropped a 7-6 (5), 6-2 match to Stanford's Bradley Klahn, eliminating him from the tournament. Ohio State's Matt Allare fell to Oklahoma's Costin Paval, 6-3. 7-5, while teammate Chase Buchanan dropped a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 decision to USC's Ray Sarmiento. Wisconsin's Marek Michalicka fell in a 6-7 (6), 7-6 (3), 6-2 match to Texas A&M's Austin Krajicek.
Second-round singles matches and first-round doubles matches take place on Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. PT.