Big Ten Sends Three Players to NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship Round of 16
May 27, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Big Ten men's tennis enjoyed a successful second day at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships as all three competing singles players and two doubles pairs advanced to the Round of 16 in their respective tournaments. The Round of 16 in the Singles and Doubles Championships is set to begin at 10 a.m. PT on Friday.
Illinois' Dennis Nevolo, Michigan's Evan King and Ohio State's Blaz Rola each picked up wins in the second round of the Singles Championship on Thursday, pushing them into the Round of 16 and giving them All-America honors. The Wolverines' Jason Jung and King and the Buckeyes' Chase Buchanan and Rola also moved on to the doubles Round of 16 with wins on Thursday night.
Nevolo, seeded in the No. 9-16 group, earned a 6-4, 5-7, 5-2, ret., win over USC's Daniel Nguyen to move on to the third round. He will face eighth-seeded Henrique Cunha of Duke at 10 a.m. Friday. King took a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Texas Tech's Gonzalo Escobar, while fifth-seeded Rola defeated Pepperdine's Finn Tearney, 7-5, 6-2. King and Rola will meet in the Round of 16 at 10 a.m.
Jung and King battled back from a first-set loss to defeat UCLA's Adrien Puget and Alex Brigham, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. The Wolverine pair will square off with No. 5-8 seed Roberto Maytin and John Peers at 4 p.m. Friday. Buchanan and Rola took a 6-2, 7-5 win against USC's Steve Johnson and Ray Sarmiento, advancing to take on Louisville's Austen Childs and Viktor Maksimcuk in Round 3. Ohio State's Matt Allare and Peter Kobelt fell to top-seeded Boris Conkic and John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee, 7-6 (5), 6-2, to eliminate the duo from the tournament.