Big Ten Conference Overturns Men's Tennis Result
April 2, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference overturned the result of the March 28 men's tennis match between Illinois and Penn State. The action was taken by the conference after a lineup protest filed by Penn State regarding the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions was upheld by the conference protest committee. As a result of the committee's decision, the No. 2 singles point is awarded to Penn State to result in a 4-3 match victory for the Nittany Lions. While the team result was changed, all individual match results will be maintained.
Earlier in the week, Illinois submitted a lineup with Jared Hiltzik, ranked ninth in the nation, in the No. 1 singles position. The submitted lineup was protested by the opposing coaches last weekend. Illinois competed with Hiltzik, who was returning after missing nearly six weeks of action with an injury, at No. 1 singles and Farris Gosea at No. 2 singles Friday at Penn State. Penn State then filed the lineup protest that was eventually upheld by the conference.
"I disagree with the current Big Ten policy on the setting of lineups," Illinois head coach Brad Dancer said. "We knew the ramifications of what could happen when we made the decision on our lineup last Friday. I'm disappointed in the situation, but, out of principle, we felt we needed to make a stand on what we believe is right. We adhered strictly to the guidelines set forth by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, but conference rules supersede ITA rules. We're disappointed with the situation and outcome, but, we'll accept it and move forward. This may allow us to begin the conversation to revise the system in the future."