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April 25, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Michigan, the No. 6 seed in the 2002 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament, defeated No. 11-seed Indiana, 4-2, Thursday at the Stickney Tennis Center. The Wolverines advance to face No. 3 Minnesota at 2 p.m. Friday in quarterfinal action.

Michigan earned the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and 3 positions. Henry Beam and Matt Lockin defeated Indiana’s Milan Rakvica and Ari Widlansky, 8-5. Greg Novak and Anthony Jackson defeated Josh Strand and Jakub Praibis, 9-8 (8-6).

In singles, Indiana put up a fight by winning two matches, but could not hold the Wolverines. Michigan’s Greg Novak clinched the match by defeating Tom Bagnoto, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5, at the No. 5 position. UM’s Ben Cox defeated Jakub Praibis, 6-4, 6-4. Michigan’s Matt Lockin defeated Zach Held, 6-3, 6-4.

(6) Michigan 4 (15-7, 6-5) (11) Indiana 2 (7-16, 1-10)

Singles **
(1) Milan Rakvica (IU) (17-14, 3-6) def. Henry Beam (UM) 7-6 (2), 6-4
(2) Ben Cox (UM) vs. Jakub Praibis (IU) (15-4, 5-2) 6-4, 6-4
(3) Matt Lockin (UM) vs. Zach Held (IU) (11-20, 2-8) 6-3, 6-2
(4) Rahman Smiley (IU) (10-12, 0-4) def. Anthony Jackson (UM) 6-3, 6-4
(5) Greg Novak (UM) def. Tom Bagnoto (IU) (12-20, 1-9) 0-6, 6-3, 7-5
(6) Joseph Fisher (UM) vs. Ryan Recht (IU) (8-20, 1-7) Abandoned

Doubles **
(1) Chris Shaya/Brett Baudinet (UM) vs. Held/Recht (IU) (7-7, 3-6) Abandoned
(2) Beam/Lockin (UM) def. Rakvica/Widlansky (IU) (4-3, 4-2) 8-5
(3) Novak/Jackson (UM) def. Strand/Praibis (IU) (6-8, 2-3) 9-8 (8-6)

** Records entering Big Ten Tournament.

Quarterfinal Schedule (Friday/Stickney Tennis Center)
10 a.m. No. 1 Illinois vs. No. 8 Penn State
10 a.m. No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Wisconsin
2 p.m. No. 4 Northwestern vs. No. 5 Purdue
2 p.m. No. 3 Minnesota vs. No. 6 Michigan