Courtesy of the Big Ten Conference
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State will represent the Big Ten at the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship. The Buckeyes received an automatic bid to the championship after winning the Big Ten Tournament.
Illinois makes its 21st –consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship. The 15th-seeded Fighting Illini will host Western Michigan in the opening match. The winner will advance to take on Mississippi State or Memphis in the second round.
Michigan earns its 24th berth in the NCAA Championship and 11th in the past 12 seasons. The Wolverines will travel to Wake Forest to face East Tennessee State in the opening round. The winner of that match will meet either Wake Forest or Coastal Carolina in the second round.
Northwestern makes its fifth-straight appearance in the NCAA Championship, and 15th appearance overall. The 14th-seeded Wildcats will host Valparaiso in the first round, with the winner facing either Stanford or Notre Dame in the second round.
Ohio State receives its 17th-consecutive berth in the NCAA Championship. The fifth-seeded Buckeyes are set to host Tennessee Tech in the opening round. The winner will play Kentucky or Virginia Tech in the second round.
Penn State makes its sixth appearance in the NCAA Championship and second in the last three seasons. The Nittany Lions will travel to top-seeded Virginia to meet Columbia in the opening round. The winner will then face either Virginia or Monmouth in the second round.
First- and second-round competition takes place May 13-15 at campus sites. Subsequent rounds will be played at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla., from May 19-24.