Nov. 18, 2004
PARK RIDGE, IL - Ohio State sophomore Joey Atas captured the 2004 Big Ten Men's Tennis Singles Championship on Monday in Madison, Wis., with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory over 12th-seeded Mark Barry of Penn State. Atas, the No. 2 seed in the 64-player tournament, picked up six wins en route to the title in the 26th annual event.
Now 12-2 in tournament play in the fall, Atas began his championship run with a first-round victory over Northwestern's Jamie Friedland, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, and topped Purdue's Sounak Chatterjee, 6-2, 6-1, in second-round action. In the round of 16, Atas ousted Northwestern's Chuck Perrin in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, and then topped the Wildcats' Tommy Hanus, the eighth seed, in quarterfinal play, 6-2, 6-2. Atas made quick work in the semifinals, beating Minnesota's Nick Edlefson, 6-1,
Additionally, Illinois' junior and No. 10 seed Pramod Dabir and freshman Ruben Gonzales claimed the first and second round consolation championships, respectively. After losing his opening match, Dabir responded with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Michigan State's Nick Rinks, and then followed it up with an impressive 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 comeback over Steve Peretz of Michigan. Gonzales topped Minnesota's Andres Osorio in the first set, 6-4, before Osorio was forced to retire. The Illini freshman overtook James Dwyer of Penn State in the finals by the score of 6-2, 6-1.
The event, hosted by the University of Wisconsin, consisted of a main draw, two consolation draws and a qualifying draw. The main draw was comprised of 56 student-athletes, including five student-athletes from each team and six from the host school. The host team fielded two athletes in the qualifying draw, while the rest of the squads chose three. The players in both the main and qualifying draws were seeded for the bracket by the Big Ten coaches.