inThe fourth-seeded University of Minnesota men's tennis team was eliminated from the Big Ten Championships this afternoon after losing 4-0 to defending champion Illinois at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Illinois will face Purdue tomorrow afternoon in the championship match. Minnesota will now wait for a bid to the NCAA Regionals, May 14-16.
Illinois won three singles matches and two of three doubles matches to collect four team points and the victory. No. 1 singles player Oliver Freelove defeated Minnesota senior Tom Chicoine 7-5, 6-3. At the No. 3 singles position, Illinois' Jeff Laski topped Minnesota freshman Thomas Haug 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Also losing his match at No. 4 singles was senior Adam Selkirk, who dropped his match 7-5, 6-4 to Illinois' Jakub Teply.
The No. 1 doubles team of Chicoine and junior Martin Michalowski defeated Freelove and Cary Franklin 8-6. The other two doubles matches were won by Illinois.
Illinois 4, Minnesota 0 Varsity Tennis Center (Ann Arbor, Mich.) Big Ten Championships Singles: No. 1 Oliver Freelove (ILL) def. Tom Chicoine (MINN) 7- 5, 6-3 No. 2 Cary Franklin (ILL) vs. Tyson Parry (MINN) abandoned No. 3 Jeff Laski (ILL) def. Thomas Haug (MINN) 4-6, 6- 1, 6-4 No. 4 Jakub Teply (ILL) def. Adam Selkirk (MINN) 7-5, 6-4 No. 5 Mike Kosta (ILL) vs. Jon Svensson (MINN) abandoned No. 6 Matt Snyder (ILL) vs. Martin Michalowski (MINN) abandoned
Doubles: No. 1 Chicoine/Michalowski (MINN) def. Freelove/ Franklin (ILL) 8-6 No. 2 Laski/Parker (ILL) def. Selkirk/Parry (MINN) 9-7 No. 3 Teply/Snyder (ILL) def. Haug/Kristoffersen (MINN) 8-5