Avery Ticer and Nic Edlefsen each lost their semifinal matches today at the 2004 Big Ten Singles Championship in Madison, Wis., to conlcude Minnesota's 2004-05 fall season. In addition, Andres Osorio succumbed to injury in his second round consolation semifinal match.
In the main draw, Ticer, the No. 3 seed, was defeated by No. 12 Mark Barry of Penn State, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3 to finish the tournament with a 4-1 record. Ticer, Minnesota's lone senior and captain, is now 7-4 on the year. Edlefsen, the only unseeded competitior remaining in the main draw, lost 6-1 6-0 to No. 2 seed and eventual champion Joey Atas of Ohio State. Edlefsen, a sophomore transfer from UC Santa Barbara, finished his first fall season with the Maroon and Gold with a 12-6 record.
In the second round consolation bracket, Osorio lost the first set 6-4 to Ruben Gonzalez of Illinois before retiring with an injury in the second set. In his first action of the season, Osorio went 3-2.
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. Brian Lipinski, meanwhile, won the consolation title.
Minnesota opens dual match play on Jan. 29 at Virginia.
2004 Big Ten Singles Championship
Nov. 15, 2004
Semifinals - Mark Barry (PSU) (12) def. Avery Ticer (MN) (3), 6-1, 4-7 (5), 6-3
Semifinals - Joey Atas (OSU) (2) def. Nic Edlefsen (MN), 6-1, 6-0
Second Round Consolation
Semifinals - Ruben Gonzalez (ILL) def. Andres Osorio (MN) (16), 6-4, inj. ret.