2006 BIG TEN MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 27-30, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006-Day One
First up in the morning was No. 8 Wisconsin against No. 9 Purdue. Wisconsin's Nolan Polley & Jeremy Sonkin (above) were the first to get it done with an 8-6 win over Colin Foster & Kurt Zaske. It wasn't long before teammates Felipe Bellido & Lachezar followed with their 8-3 defeat of Eric Hodgman & Griffin Nienberg. Nolan Polley led the Badgers once again with the first singles win, but Purdue's Kurt Zaske picked up one for his side. It wasn't enough as Eric Hodgman and Gian Hodgson took Wisconsin to their 4-1 win.
As the day went on the individual matches were not all so quick. The doubles between No. 6 Penn State and No. 11 Iowa went down to the wire. Malcom Scatliffe & Brenden Lynch took the first for the lions, but Bart van Monsjou & J.P. Ritchie quickly followed with a tight 9-7 win for the Hawkeyes. It was down to the PSU's Ryan Berger & Bradley Hunter against Iowa's Brett Taylor & Kyle Markham. Before the suspense went to far it was 8-4 for the Penn State duo. The singles went pretty quickly, though, for Penn State's Bradley Hunter, Ryan Berger and Mark Barry. Adam Slagter even managed to give them a fifth point quicker than the match could be called.
The Baseline Tennis Center is a beautiful setup inside and out. The only complaint was the lack of an electronic scoreboard coupled with poorly placed scorecards on the courts. By the afternoon the Minnesota staff compensated by putting someone in charge of the manual scoreboard in the front of the courts. It helped a little in getting the (growing) crowd more involved since the most exciting part of a college tennis match is being able to keep track of all of the courts.
The top five seeds had the day off. Tomorrow they take the court to try to prove their rankings. Though the weather forecast is cool and rainy, I'm sure the play will be steaming whether it's inside or out.Until Tomorrow,
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Bart Van Mansjou
College And Junior