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    2012 Big Ten Men's Tournament Recap: Day Two

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Only four teams remain in the 2012 Big Ten Men's Tennis Tournament
    Only four teams remain in the 2012 Big Ten Men's Tennis Tournament

    April 27, 2012

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Day two was just as exciting as day one, offering tightly contested matches between spirited teams. Four more teams have been eliminated and only four remain.

    No. 1 Ohio State 4, No. 9 Nebraska 0
    The nation's No. 2 team squared off with the newest Big Ten program in the earliest match of the day on Friday. Ohio State swept Nebraska, 4-0, and advances to the semifinals. The Buckeyes got two wins in doubles with strong showings from Nos. 1 and 2. First, 31st-ranked Ille Van Engelen and Devin McCarthy defeated the Huskers' Benedikt Lindheim and Rober Schulze, 8-4, then Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, the No. 1 tandem in the country, ousted 72nd-ranked Andre Stenger and Eric Sock, 8-1, at No. 1.

    Ohio State followed that up with three-straight wins in singles. At No. 4, Ille Van Engelen beat Indre Stenger in two sets, 6-4, 6-1, followed by a win by Devin McCarthy over Nebraska's Stefan Gollner, 6-1, 6-4. Hunter Callahan sealed the match for OSU with his 6-3, 6-2 win over Tom Blackwell at No. 6.

    No. 5 Indiana 4, No. 4 Minnesota 3
    Starting at 12:20 was a barn-burner involving No. 4 Minnesota and No. 5 Indiana. In doubles, Minnesota's 37th-ranked Rok Bonin and Julian Dehn defeated No. 77 Isade Juneau and Jeremy Lander, 8-6, but that would be their only win in the race to the crucial first team point. IU's Stephen Vogl and Will Kendall defeated Jack Hamburg and Philip Arnold, 8-4, in the early going. The final decider for doubles came in a huge back-and-forth match between IU's Josh MacTaggart and Alstair Barnes and Minnesota's Leandro Toledo and Juan Pablo Ramirez. The two teams traded wins until an 8-8 tie forced a tiebreaker. MacTaggart and Barns claimed a 7-4 tiebreaker for the day's first points.

    The singles portion was every bit as exciting as the doubles. First off the courts was Will Kendall of Indiana after he defeated Mathieu Froment, 6-3, 6-0, putting the Hoosiers up 2-0. But Minnesota came back with three straight wins at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 6, in that order. Rok Bonin took down Isade Juneau in two sets, 6-4, 6-3, before Philip Arndt outlasted Jeremy Langer, 6-2, 7-6 (3). Jack Hamburg followed seconds behind with his 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6. But Indiana would claim the final two matches, which featured three-sets each. Josh MacTaggart finished off Leandro Toledo, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, and Stephen Vogl outlasted Julian Dehn, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 in an instant classic.



    No. 3 Illinois 4, No. 6 Northwestern 0
    Intrastate rivals Illinois and Northwestern squared off in the only match to be played outdoors today. The doubles point was certainly hard-fought by both contenders. Illinois won both matches, however, with Farris Gosea and Stephen Hoh taking down Tobias Reitz and Sidarth Balaji, 8-4, before Tim Kopinski and Ross Guinon knocked off Alex Pasareanu and Raleigh Smith, 8-5, at No. 2. The No. 1 match was left unfinished with Roy Kalmaovich and Dennis Novolo, the nation's 28th-ranked team, up 4-3 over No. 76 Josh Graves and Spencer Wolf.

    Illinois would go on to win the next three matches as well, with wins at No. 1, No. 4 and No. 3 singles in that order. First, No. 8 Dennis Nevolo defeated NU's Josh Graves in two sets, 6-1, 6-3, followed by a 6-1, 6-3 win by Tim Kopinski over Sidarth Balaji. Bruno Abdelnour clinched the match for the Illini with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Raleigh Smith at No. 3. Three matches were left abandoned: At No. 2, Illinois' 41st-ranked Roy Kalmanovich was up one set on No. 120 Spencer Wolf, 7-5, 4-1. NU's Alex Pasareanu won his first set over Stephen Hoh, 7-6, but Hoh had an advantage in the second, 3-0. Chris Jackman was one point away from getting the Wildcats on the board, up 6-2, 6-5 on Farris Gosea, but the match had concluded.

    No. 2 Michigan 4, 7 Michigan State 1
    Another matchup of intrastate rivals capped off the second day of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Tennis Tournament when Michigan and Michigan State hit the courts. The No. 2 seeded Wolverines got off to a quick start, thanks to the doubles point. First off the courts in the afternoon match was the No. 1 Wolverines doubles pair of Evan King and Shaun Bernstein with their 8-3 win over MSU's Aaron Pfister and Drew Lied. Only one more doubles match was needed after U-M's Alex Petrone and Michael Zhu knocked off Denis Bogatov and Gijs Linders, 8-4. No. 2 remained unfinished, but Michigan's Barrett Franks and Alex Buzzi led Austin Brooks and Harry Jadun, 6-3.

    Michigan scored two more wins at No. 6 and No. 5, respectively. Alex Buzzi outlasted Gijs Linders, 6-4, 6-2, to give the Wolverines a 2-0 lead. Shortly after, No. 5 Barrett Franks held off the Spartans' Austin Brooks, 6-4, 6-1, giving U-M a comfortable lead. But Michigan State got a win on the board next with a nice victory by Ronnie Hulewicz who beat Shaun Bernstein, 6-3, 6-2, for MSU's first and only point. Alex Petrone was the fourth match to finish on the day and his 7-6, 6-3 win over Denis Bogatov clinched the match for Michigan. Unfinished remained the No. 1 match evenly split at one set apiece. Evan King edged Aaron Pfister, 7-5, in the first, but Pfister stole the second, 7-6. Michael Zhu and Drew Lied were also unfinished in three sets. Lied took the first, 6-4, but lost the second, 6-0. Zhu led in the third as well, 3-2.

    Up Tomorrow
    The first match of the day features No. 1-seed Ohio State and No. 5-seed Indiana at 9:30 a.m. The day's second semifinal match includes No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Illinois, which is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, indoor matches will be held at the Combe Tennis Center. Stay tuned to and follow @NU_Sports on Twitter for the latest updates.