Friday, May 20, 2011

NCAAs 2011: Buckeyes Advance, Illini Fall

After day one at the NCAA Championships, only one Big Ten men’s team remains in contention for a national title.

The Ohio State Buckeyes, who are seeded four, had no problem getting past Tulsa. They finished with a 4-0 shutout in straight sets, despite some bumps at the start. "It was a really good doubles point. We thought it would shake out at two doubles and it shook at two and we were fortunate to get through. Shuhei Uzawa, a senior for us, came up with some clutch volleys and Chase Buchanan came up with some big serves and we were able to get that win," said Head Coach Ty Tucker (pictured left).
No. 4 Ohio State 4, Tulsa 0
Blaz Rola (OSU) vs. Marcelo Arevalo (T), did not finish
Chase Buchanan (OSU) defeated Japie De Klerk (T), 6-1,6-1
Ille Van Engelen (OSU) vs. Ashley Watling (T ), Did Not Finish
Matt Allare (OSU) defeated  Clifford Marsland, (T), 6-3,7-5Devin McCarthy (OSU) vs. Grant Ive (T), Did Not Finish
Balazs Novak (OSU) defeated Tristan Jackson (T), 6-2,6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 6

Marsland/Watling (T) defeated Allare/Kobelt (OSU), 8-6
Buchanan/Uzawa (OSU) defeated Arevalo/De Klerk, (T), 8-5
Novak/Rola (OSU) defeated Ive/Jackson (T), 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

It was a quick trip to California for the Fighting Illini, who waited all day (and most of the night) for their match with top-seeded Virginia. The Cavaliers  quickly took the doubles point and continued the momentum into singles.  Bruno Abdelnour (pictured right) was the only Illinois player to pick up a set. Virginia Coach Brian Boland was quick to acknowledge that it wasn’t quite as easy as the final score showed, “I give Illinois a lot of credit, they are an excellent team. We played them three times this year and it has never been easy. They fought hard and left it on the court and I was really proud of our guys from one to six.”

No. 1 Virginia 4, Illinois 0
Michael Shabaz (V) vs. Dennis Nevolo (I), 6-4,4-1 Did Not Finish
Alex Domijan (V) defeated KU Singh (I), 6-2,6-2
Sanam Singh (V) defeated Roy Kalmanovich (I), 6-2,6-4
Jarmere Jenkins (V) defeated Abe Souza (I), 6-3,6-2
Justin Shane (V) vs.  Johnny Hamui (I), 6-2,4-5 Did Not Finish
Julen Uriguen (V) vs. Bruno Abdelnour (I), 6-3,3-6 Did Not Finish
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 3

Courtney/Shabaz (V) defeated Hamui/Souza (I), 8-0
Jenkins/Uriguen (V) defeated Alden/Nevolo (I), 8-2
Domijan/Singh (V) vs. Hoh/Singh (I), 7-2 Did Not Finish
(Order of Finish: 1, 2)

The Michiganand Northwestern women’s teams are scheduled to be on court tonight, with Michigan facing Miami and Northwestern up against Stanford.  For live scoring and results on all teams, visit the official NCAA Division I Championship site
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