It was a great weekend for Big Ten men’s tennis as they continue to show the conference’s strength.
Illinois and Northwestern-This past weekend the Fighting Illini picked up two more victories. The first was a 5-2 over Texas A&M on Friday, clinched by Connor Roth. On Saturday night, they traveled to Northwestern where they took the Wildcats with the same score. That too was no easy task. The match went for nearly five hours and capped by Abe Souza over Andrew McCarthy, 6-4,4-6,6-1. Northwestern also fell on Sunday, 5-2 to Louisville.
Indiana-The Hoosiers still haven’t lost a match this season on their homecourt. They added to the victories with a Saturday doubleheader. First, they shutout Illinois State, 7-0, then it was a 6-1 win over Morehead State.
Iowa-It was a tough weekend for the Hawkeyes. On Saturday, they fell to Sacramento State in a third-set tiebreaker of the final match, with Jason Smith defeating Will Vasos, 6-3,6-7,7-6 . Sunday was a 6-1 loss to Denver.
Michigan-The Wolverines have had a rough time lately, with a schedule full of top teams. This past weekend they had a step in the right direction wih a 5-2 win over California, the tenth ranked team in the country. Michigan managed to beat the Bears on their own turf, outdoors. Freshmen Evan King was the clincher of that one, 6-4,7-5 over Christoffer Konigsfeldt.
Michigan State-It was a double-header sweep for the Spartans on Saturday as the beat Butler 7-0 and then IUPUI, 6-2.
Minnesota-The Gophers had split results this past weekend. After sweeping New Mexico on Friday, they fell to No. 22 Washington, 6-1.
Ohio State-The Buckeyes are now just one match away from 100 straight wins at home, but it almost became their first dual match loss of the season. Four three-setters highlighted the battle between Ohio State and Texas A&M. Justin Kronauge finally finished it when he defeated Alexis Klegou , 3-6,6-2,6-4.
Penn State vs. Purdue-Their Coastal Carolina match was postponed (they won 7-0 on Tuesday), but the Nittany Lions did get to play Purdue this weekend, taking them out 6-1. It was the only match of the weekend for the Boilmakers.
Wisconsin-The Badgers are on spring break and did not play this past weekend.
For the weekend women’s matches, click here.
Photo of Evan King by Marcia Frost.