Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament Day Two Recap
BY RONAN KHALSA
ITA Intern Spring 2018
IOWA CITY, IA - On a sunny yet windy Friday at the University of Iowa, host site of the 2018 Big Ten Men's Tennis Tournament, seeds one through four lived to battle another day at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Center.
The No. 3-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes cruised to victory in their number one number eight seed matchup with host Iowa. The Buckeyes took the top two doubles matchup 6-2 and 6-3. In the singles matches Ohio State won in straight sets. The Buckeyes will look to continue their 15 match-winning streak when they take on the No. 37-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Minnesota the four seed in the tournament, took on Indiana and came out on top by winning 4-1. Both squads battled hard and let their emotions shine bright. In the deciding match, the number one seed matchup, Indiana’s No. 111 Raheel Manji broke his racquet in frustration after losing the final two sets. Manji took the first set 6-1 over No. 90 Felix Corwin. The Golden Gophers will face a tough test in Ohio State Saturday morning. First serve is set for 11 a.m. CDT.
The No. 8-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini did just that, fight, Friday afternoon. As the wind picked up Illinois did not falter by sweeping the Penn State Nitany Lions 4-0. The Lions were simply overpowered. Illini Head Coach Brad Dancer will look to tie the school record for coaching wins as his team faces the Michigan Wolverines Saturday.
Michigan took on the Wisconsin Badgers. Michigan took a commanding lead in matchups one through six but Wisconsin battled back to bring matches to the third set. The Wolverines will be back Saturday to play at Illinois at 2 p.m.
Each team on Day 2 of the conference tournament that won the doubles point took the match. It looks to be an exciting final two days of competition in Iowa City, Iowa.