Michigan To Host 28th Annual Big Ten Men's Tennis Singles Championship This Weekend

Nov. 9, 2006

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PARK RIDGE, IL - The University of Michigan will showcase some of the top conference men's tennis student-athletes this weekend, November 10-13, as the Wolverines host the 28th Big Ten Men's Tennis Singles Championship.

The event consists of a main draw, two consolation draws and a qualifying draw.  The main draw is comprised of 56 student-athletes from 10 of the conference men's tennis teams, while 20 student-athletes compete in the qualifying draw.  The players in both the main and qualifying draws are seeded for the bracket by the Big Ten coaches.

This year's top seed in the main draw is Ohio State's Devin Mullings.  The senior Buckeye helped the team win its first-ever Big Ten regular season title, while compiling an 8-1 record at the No. 2 singles spot in conference action.  One of three Buckeyes named to the 2005 All-Big Ten team, Mullings will face Iowa's Bart van Monsjou in the first round.  Also highlighting the field from last year's All-Big Ten team are second-seeded Matko Maravic of Michigan, fifth-seeded Christian Tempke of Northwestern and third-seeded Jeremy Sonkin of Wisconsin.  Sonkin's teammate Nolan Polley will look to defend his title as the fourth seed.  Polley claimed six straight wins to capture last year's championship trophy after entering the event unseeded.

Competition begins at 9 a.m. ET on Friday, November 10, at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., with the qualifying round.  Live scoring will be made available on mgoblue.com, in addition to updated results and draws at the conclusion of each day.