Minnesota (15-6, 7-3), the No. 3 seed in the 2002 Big Ten Men's Tennis Tournament, defeated No. 6-seed Michigan (15-8, 4-6), 4-0, Friday at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. Alex Zharinov clinched the match for the Golden Gophers by defeating the Wolverines' Matt Lockin, 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 3 singles position.
Minnesota earned the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and 2 positions. Harsh Mankad and Thomas Haug defeated Chris Shaya and Brett Baudinet, 8-3. Manuel Lievano and Reven Stephens defeated Henry Beam and Matt Lockin, 8-5.
In singles action, Minnesota had victories at the Nos. 2, 3, and 6 positions. Minnesota's Thomas Haug downed Michigan's Ben Cox, 6-2, 6-1. Minnesota's Avery Ticer defeated Michigan's Joseph Fisher, 6-2, 6-1.
The Golden Gophers advance to face No. 2 Ohio State at 2 p.m. Saturday in semifinal action at Stickney Tennis Center, weather permitting. Minnesota and Ohio State will play at 4 p.m. if the match is forced indoors. No. 1 Illinois will face No. 5 Purdue in the other semifinal.
#3 Minnesota 4, #6 Michigan 0
No. 1 - Harsh Mankad (MN) vs. Henry Beam (MI), abd.
No. 2 - Thomas Haug (MN) def. Ben Cox (MI), 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 - Alexsey Zharinov (MN) def. Matt Lockin (MI), 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 - Manuel Lievano (MN) vs. Anthony Jackson (MI), abd.
No. 5 - Chris Wettengel (MN) vs. Greg Novak (MI), abd.
No. 6 - Avery Ticer (MN) def. Joseph Fisher (MI), 6-2, 6-1
No. 1 - Mankad/Haug (MN) def. Chris Shaya/Brett Baudinet (MI), 8-3
No. 2 - Lievano/Stephens (MN) def. Beam/Lockin (MI), 8-5
No. 3 - Kuharic/Robertson (MN) vs. Novak/Jackson (MI), abd.