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April 26, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Minnesota, the No. 3 seed in the 2002 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament, defeated No. 6-seed Michigan, 4-0, Friday at the Stickney Tennis Center. Alex Zharinov clinched the match for the Golden Gophers by defeating the Wolverines’ Matt Lockin, 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 3 singles position.

Minnesota earned the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and 2 positions. Harsh Mankad and Thomas Haug defeated Chris Shaya and Brett Baudinet, 8-3. Manuel Lievano and Reven Stephens defeated Henry Beam and Matt Lockin, 8-5.

In singles action, Minnesota had victories at the Nos. 2, 3, and 6 positions. Minnesota’s Thomas Haug downed Michigan’s Ben Cox, 6-2, 6-1. Minnesota’s Avery Ticer defeated Michigan’s Joseph Fisher, 3-2, 2-2.

The Golden Gophers advance to face No. 2 Ohio State at 2 p.m. Saturday in semifinal action at Stickney Tennis Center, weather permitting. Minnesota and Ohio State will play at 4 p.m. if the match is forced indoors.

(3) Minnesota 4 (15-6, 8-3) (6) Michigan 0 (15-8, 6-6)

Singles **
(1) Harsh Mankad (Minn) vs. Henry Beam (UM) (18-12, 4-6) Abandoned
(2) Thomas Haug (Minn) def. Ben Cox (UM) (14-15, 2-7) 6-2, 6-1
(3) Alex Zharinov (Minn) def. Matt Lockin (UM) (26-10, 7-3) 6-4, 6-1
(4) Manuel Lievano (Minn) vs. Anthony Jackson (UM) (20-19, 6-4) Abandoned
(5) Chris Wettengel (Minn) vs. Greg Novak (UM) (16-15, 6-4) Abandoned
(6) Avery Ticer (Minn) def. Joseph Fisher (UM) (3-2, 2-2) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles **
(1) Mankad/Haug (Minn) def. Chris Shaya/Brett Baudinet (UM)(1-4, 0-3) 8-3
(2) Lievano/Stephens (Minn) def. Beam/Lockin (UM) (18-3, 7-3) 8-5
(3) Kuharic/Robertson (Minn) vs. Novak/Jackson (UM) Abandoned

** Records entering Big Ten Tournament.

Semifinal Schedule (Saturday/Stickney Tennis Center)
10 a.m. – No. 1 Illinois vs. No. 5 Purdue
2 p.m. – No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Minnesota