Four Big Ten tennis teams off to Round of 16

Illinois and Ohio State’s men’s tennis teams and Michigan and Northwestern’s women’s teams advanced to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships this weekend. Bookmark the men’s interactive bracket and the women’s bracket, plus read how each team advanced in this post.

ILLINI MEN TAKE DOWN AUBURN
The 16th-ranked Fighting Illini men’s tennis team (19-7) advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships after edging No. 17 Auburn (18-10) in a 4-3 thriller Saturday evening at Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. Junior Bruno Abdelnour clinched the contest in a dramatic three-setter, capping off Illinois’ nearly five-hour-long marathon match to give his team its 12th Sweet 16 berth in the past 14 years. The Illini will return to action at the NCAA Championships, May 18-22, on the campus of the University of Georgia, where they will face the winner of No.1 USC and Texas A&M in third-round play next Friday. Read full recap at FightingIllini.com.

Singles
1. #7 Dennis Nevolo (ILL) def. #18 Andy Mies (AUB) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
2. #68 Alex Stamchev (AUB) def. #31 Roy Kalmanovich (ILL) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
3. Bruno Abdelnour (ILL) def. Daniel Cochrane (AUB) 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-3
4. Lucas Lopasso (AUB) def. Tim Kopinski (ILL) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
5. Stephen Hoh (ILL) def. Dennis Lengsfeld (AUB) 6-2, 6-3
6. Lukas Ollert (AUB) def. Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles
1. #21 Dennis Nevolo/Roy Kalmanovich (ILL) def. #9 Andy Mies/Alex Stamchev (AUB) 8-6
2. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon (ILL) vs. Dennis Lengsfeld/Lucas Lopasso (AUB) 7-6, unfinished
3. Stephen Hoh/Bruno Abdelnour (ILL) def. Daniel Cochrane/Lukas Ollert (AUB) 8-6

OHIO STATE MEN TOP NOTRE DAME, ADVANCE TO SWEET 16
The Ohio State men’s tennis team (33-3) dealt Notre Dame (21-9) a 4-0 loss in the Second Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship Sunday at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center in Columbus. The victory served as the 148th-consecutive win at home for the Buckeyes. As the fifth-seed, Ohio State improves to 31-12 overall in the NCAA tournament. With the win Sunday, the Buckeyes advanced to the Round of 16 and will meet the winner between Harvard and Florida at noon Friday in Athens, Ga. The University of Georgia will host the remainder of the tournament. Read full recap at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Singles
1. #10 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Casey Watt (ND) 6-3, 6-2
2. #9 Blaz Rola (OSU) def. #54 Greg Andrews (ND) 7-5, 6-3
3. Peter Kobelt (OSU) vs. Sam Keeton (ND) 6-4, 0-2, unfinished
4. Ille Van Engelen (OSU) def. Billy Pecor (ND) 6-4, 6-2
5. Devin McCarthy (OSU) vs. Niall Fitzgerald (ND) 2-6, 7-6, unfinished
6. Connor Smith (OSU) vs. Blas Moros (ND) 6-7 (3-7), 2-1, unfinished

Doubles
1. #1 Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola (OSU) def. #55 Niall Fitzgerald/Casey Watt (ND) 8-3
2. #32 Devin McCarthy/Ille Van Engelen (OSU) vs. Greg Andrews/Spencer Talmadge (ND) 7-6, unfinished
3. Peter Kobelt/Connor Smith (OSU) def. Billy Pecor/Sam Keeton (ND) 8-4

MICHIGAN WOMEN OFF TO 3RD STRAIGHT SWEET 16
The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan women’s tennis team is headed to its third consecutive Sweet 16 after rallying to defeat No. 19 Texas A&M, 4-3, in the final match on Saturday afternoon (May 12) in the second round of the NCAA Championships at the Varsity Tennis Center. The Wolverines lost the doubles point but took four singles matches. The Wolverines will take on No. 2-seeded Florida on Thursday (May 17) at the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. start. Read full recap at MGoBlue.com.

Singles
No. 1 — No. 6 Cristina Sancez-Quintanar (Texas A&M) d. No. 12 Emina Bektas (U-M), 6-4, 7-5
No. 2 — No. 93 Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. No. 53 Nazari Urbina (Texas A&M), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 — No. 78 Wen Sun (Texas A&M) d. Mimi Nguyen (U-M), 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 — Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Janelle Cuthbertson (Texas A&M), 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 — Kristen Dodge (U-M) d. Lauren Santacroce (Texas A&M), 7-5, 6-1
No. 6 — Michelle Sulahian (U-M) d. Janine Erasmus (Texas A&M), 6-1, 6-3

Doubles
No. 1 — No. 29 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar/Wen Sun (Texas A&M) d. No. 11 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (U-M), 9-7
No. 2 — Mimi Nguyen/Michelle Sulahian (U-M) d. Nazari Urbina/Janelle Cuthbertson (Texas A&M), 8-2
No. 3 — Lauren Santacroce/Sheri Olivier (Texas A&M) d. Kristen Dodge/Sarah Lee (U-M), 8-4

LIKE CLOCKWORK NU WOMEN ADVANCE TO SWEET 16
For the 12th time in 13 years the Northwestern Wildcats have advanced out of the NCAA Regional Championship round and into the round of 16 with Saturday’s thrilling 4-2 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Combe Tennis Center. The 13th seed Northwestern will move on to Athens, Ga. for the round of 16 beginning Thursday, May 17. There the ‘Cats will face 4th-seeded Stanford at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. NU lost to the Cardinal last season in the round of 16 in Palo Alto, Calif., 4-2. Read full recap at NUSports.com.

Doubles
1. No. 8 Kristy Frilling/Shannon Mathews (ND) def. No. 85 Linda Abu Mushrefova/Veronica Corning (NU) – 8-4
2. Nida Hamilton/Brittany Wowchuk (NU) def. Julie Sabacinski/Britney Sanders (ND) – 9-7
3. Jenny Kellner/Chrissie McGaffigan (ND) def. Kate Turvy/Belinda Niu (NU) – 8-5

Singles
1. No. 20 Kate Turvy (NU) vs. No. 34 Shannon Mathews (ND) – 6-4, 5-7, 2-1 (unfinished)
2. No. 122 Kristy Frilling (ND) def. Belinda Niu (NU) – 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
3. No. 82 Brittany Wowchuk def. Britney Sanders (ND) – 0-6, 6-4, 6-1
4. Veronica Corning (NU) def. Jenny Kellner (ND) – 6-1, 6-0
5. Linda Abu Mushrefova (NU) vs. Chrissie McGaffigan (ND) – 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
6. Nida Hamilton (NU) def. Katherine White (ND) – 0-6, 6-3, 6-2

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