Avery Ticer and Nic Edlefsen each went 2-0 today to advance to the semfinals of the 2004 Big Ten Singles Championship in Madison, Wis. Ticer is the second-highest seeded player remaining at No. 3, while Edlefsen is the lone unseeded competitor to reach the semifinals. In the second round consolation draw, No. 16 seed Andres Osorio went 2-0 to move into the semifinals.
In main draw play, Ticer downed No. 13 Ryan Recht of Indiana, 6-4, 6-4, before outlasting No. 6 Paul Rose of Purdue, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Ticer, Minnesota's lone senior and captain, takes on No. 12 Mark Barry of Penn State tomorrow in the semifinals.
Edlefsen moved to the semifinals with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 triumph over Drew Eberly of Ohio State and a 6-2, 7-5 upset win over Penn State's Malcolm Scatliffe, the tournament's No. 6 seed. Edlefsen, a sophomore transfer from UC Santa Barbara, will face No. 2 seed Joey Atas of Ohio State tomorrow in the semifinals.
Osorio moved to the semifinals of the second round consolation draw, defeating Sounak Chatterjee of Purdue, 6-4, 6-1, and Ohio State's Scott Green, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Osorio will take on Ruben Gonzalez of Illinois, a second-round loser to Edlefsen in the main draw, tomorrow in the consolation semifinals. Brian Lipinski and Mikey Kantar each lost their second round consolation draw matches.
The Golden Gophers went 0-2 in first round consolation action as Sion Wilkins and Chi Pham each lost straight-set matches.
Competition at the 2004 Big Ten Singles Championship continues through Monday, Nov. 15.
Last season, former Golden Gopher Chris Wettengel captured the 2003 Big Ten Singles Championship, going 5-0 with wins over the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds. Lipinski, meanwhile, won the consolation title.
Following the 2004 Big Ten Singles Championship, Minnesota opens dual match play on Jan. 29 at Virginia.
2004 Big Ten Singles Championship
Nov. 14, 2004
Round of 16 - Avery Ticer (MN) (3) def. Ryan Recht (IND) (13), 6-4
Round of 16 - Nic Edlefsen (MN) def. Drew Eberly (OSU), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
Quarterfinals - Ticer (3) def. Paul Rose (PUR) (5), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
Quarterfinals - Edlefsen def. Malcolm Scatliffe (PSU) (6), 6-2, 7-5
First Round Consolation Draw
Round of 16 - Dmytro Ishtuganov (IND) def. Sion Wilkins (MN), 6-1, 7-5
Round of 16 - Lachezar Kasarov (UW) def. Chi Pham (MN), 6-4, 6-2
Second Round Consolation Draw
Round of 16 - Jeremy Sonkin (UW) def. Brian Lipinski (MN), 6-3, 6-1
Round of 16 - Scott Green (OSU) def. Mikey Kantar (MN), 6-1, 6-4
Round of 16 - Andres Osorio (MN) (16) def. Sounak Chatterjee (PUR), 6-4, 6-1
Quarterfinals - Osorio def. Green (OSU), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Monday Matches - Main Draw
Semifinals - Avery Ticer (MN) (3) vs. Mark Barry (PSU) (12)
Semifinals - Nic Edlefsen (MN) vs. Joey Atas (OSU) (2)
Monday Matches - Second Round Consolation Draw
Semifinals - Andres Osorio (MN) (16) vs. Ruben Gonzalez (ILL)