2006 BIG TEN MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 27-30, 2006
Saturday, April 29, 2006-Day Three
Yesterday Michigan and Penn State managed to squeak through with their wins and earn their place in the semis, but they were certainly the underdogs today. Despite that both teams came out with their best efforts and put up quite a fight even though they were shut out in the end.
The singles certainly didn't run as close as the Buckeyes had let it go yesterday. No. 1 Bryan Koniecko had a tough time getting started before coming back from a 3-0 defecit to take the set, 6-4, and the next three games. Matko Maravic retired with an injury before he could finish it up for point number two. It was only fifteen minutes later and another ten after that before Steven Moenke took out Andrew Mazlin, 6-3,6-1, and Devin Mullings eliminated Brian Hung, 6-2,6-3.
The singles competition was a bit tougher than expected. The first few games across the board were long as the play was top level. The Illini took all but one first set as yesterday's leader Marc Spicijaric dropped one to Adam Slagter at No. 5. The second sets were all close with No. 1 Ryler DeHeart even losing his to Mark Barry. Still, they pulled it out with Ruben Gonzalez leading the way with a quick 6-4,6-2 over Bradley Hunter. It wasn't clear where the next one would come from and it took another twenty minutes before Kevin Anderson did it 6-2,6-2 over Malcolm Scatliffe. As Marc Spicijaric hoped to push it to a third with a tiebreaker, Ryan Rowe ended the suspense and Penn State's run with a 7-6(2),6-4 win against Michael James.
Illinois has taken the last four Big Ten Championships, but are seeded second this year after suffering their only Big Ten loss to Ohio State. They are ready to avenge that loss, while the Buckeyes are hungry to finally take the championship. Stay tuned to find out which powerhouse takes the trophy home tomorrow.Until Tomorrow,
College And Junior