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April 26, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio-The University of Illinois, the No. 1 seed in the 2002 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament, defeated No. 8 Penn State in quarterfinal play at the Stickney Tennis Center Friday.

Illinois won the doubles points with victories at the Nos. 1 and 3 positions. Amer Delic and Michael Calkins defeated PSU’s Jamie Gresh and Clint Keithly, 8-5, at the No. 1 position. UI’s Mike Kosta and Jamal Parker defeated Roddy Cantey and Todd Stecko, 8-2, at the No. 2 position.

Illinois then won at the Nos. 2, 5, and 6 positions in singles to win the match 4-0. Illinois’ Brian Wilson defeated Penn State’s Todd Stecko 6-0, 6-4 at the No. 2 singles spot. Nathan Zeder of Illinois downed Roddy Cantey of Penn State 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 5 position and UI’s Chris Martin downed PSU’s Clint Keithly 6-4, 6-1 at No. 6.

The Illini advanced to face the winner of the Northwestern (No. 4 seed) and Purdue (5) afternoon match. The seminfinal match will begin 10 a.m. (EDT) Saturday, weather permitting. Illinois will play at noon if the match is forced indoors.

(1) Illinois 4 (21-4, 11-0) (8) Penn State 0 (12-13, 4-8)

Singles **
(1) Amer Delic (UI) vs. Jamie Gresh (PSU) (14-7, 6-4) Abandoned
(2) Brian Wilson (UI) def. Todd Stecko (PSU) (16-17, 2-6) 6-0, 6-4
(3) Mike Kosta (UI) vs. Brad Nudell (PSU) (11-15, 2-8) Abandoned
(4) Michael Calkins (UI) vs. Matt Frakes (PSU) (17-13, 3-7) Abandoned
(5) Nathan Zeder (UI) def. Roddy Cantey (PSU) (10-16, 2-8) 6-0, 6-3
(6) Chris Martin (UI) def. Clint Keithly (PSU) (6-9, 4-8) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles **
(1) Delic/Calkins (UI) def. Gresh/Keithly (PSU) (5-1, 5-1) 8-5
(2) Stolt/Wilson (UI) vs. Nudell/Frakes (PSU) (4-9, 2-7) Abandoned
(3) Kosta/Parker (UI) def. Cantey/Stecko (PSU) (1-2, 0-2) 8-2

** Individual records entering Big Ten Tournament.