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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Buckeyes Don't Buckle at Big Ten Championships

The much anticipated rematch between second seed Illinois and top seed Ohio State came, as expected, in the finals of the Big Ten tournament Sunday in Minneapolis. After their home court win over Illinois in early April gave them the conference lead, the Buckeyes rolled on from there. On the neutral courts of Minnesota, they proved that win was no fluke, taking the tournament title and the automatic NCAA bid even after dropping the doubles point for the first time this year.

Marcia Frost of collegeandjuniortennis.com was on the scene all weekend, which apparently wasn't ideal weatherwise, with three days of matches being played indoors. She filed reports on each of the four days--her finals story is here.

The always-reliable CSTV also has posted two accounts. The Ohio State perspective is here and view from the runnerup is here.


Anonymous said...

I was a lucky spectator in Minnesota. The level of play, emotion and entertainment was incredible. The Illini have held a stronghold over the Big 10 for a decade. It took a monster effort by the Buckeyes to become Big 10 champs.