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April 27, 2002%^$

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%^$%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio-The University of Illinois, the No. 1 seed in the 2002 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament, defeated No. 5 Purdue in semifinal play at the Stickney Tennis Center Saturday.%^$

%^$The Illini earned the doubles point with victories at the Nos. 1 and 3 positions. Illinois’ Amer Delic and Michael Calkins topped Purdue’s Scott Mayer and Dan Swan, 9-7. UI’s Mike Kosta and Nathan Zeder downed PU’s Derek Miller and Seth McKinley, 8-5.%^$

%^$Illinois kept up the momentum in singles action. UI’s Brian Wilson crushed PU’s Derek Miller, 6-0, 6-2, at the No. 2 spot. UI’s Phil Stolt defeated Carl McCafferty, 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 3 position. Calkins scored the game winning point for the Illini defeating Laith Al-Agba, 6-1, 7-6(4), at the No. 5 position.%^$

%^$Illinois advances to play Ohio State (No. 2 seed) or Minnesota (No. 3 seed) in the championship match at noon Sunday at Stickney Tennis Center, weather permitting. Illinois will play at noon at Jesse Owens West Recreation Center if the match is forced indoors.%^$

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(1) Illinois 4 (22-4, 12-0)%^$(5) Purdue 0 (12-11, 7-5)%^$

%^$Singles **
%^$(1) Amer Delic (UI) vs. Scott Mayer (PU) Abandoned
%^$(2) Brian Wilson (UI) def. Derek Miller (PU) 6-0, 6-2
%^$(3) Phil Stolt (UI) def. Carl McCafferty (PU) 6-4, 6-1
%^$(4) Mike Kosta (UI) vs. Andrew Wakefield (PU) Abandoned
%^$(5) Michael Calkins (UI) def. Laith Al-Agba (PU) 6-1, 7-6(4)
%^$(6) Chris Martin (UI) vs. Troy Havens (PU) Abandoned
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%^$Doubles **
%^$(1) Delic/Calkins (UI) def. Mayer/Dan Swan (PU) 9-7
%^$(2) Stolt/Wilson (UI) vs. Al-Agba/McCafferty (PU) Abandoned
%^$(3) Kosta/Nathan Zeder (UI) def.. Miller/Seth McKinley (PU) 8-5
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%^$** Individual records entering Big Ten Tournament.