Rockets Will Play Experimental Format vs. No. 16 Illinois on Saturday; UT Plays Walsh in Home Opener on Sunday
The Midnight Blue and Gold will then reconvene on Sunday for its home opener at the Toledo Shadow Valley Club against Walsh (0-1) at 11:00 a.m. Following the early match, UT will head north for a Sunday night matchup with Horizon League member Detroit (0-2) at the Franklin Athletic Club.
The experimental format is based on cumulative scoring, putting emphasis on winning every game. In addition, substitutions will be allowed in the contest, though once a player exits, he cannot return to the match. The team with the most cumulative games at the end will be announced the winner.
In the event of a tie at the end of regulation, each coach will designate any two members of his squad to compete as a doubles team in a 10 point super-tiebreaker to determine the winner.
"The Illinois match is going to be a fun experiment," UT head coach Al Wermer said."Players are resistant to such radical change, but coach Brad (Dancer) and I wanted to try something extreme. Overall, we're just settling into our non-conference routine, and it is all about improving via lots of match play."
Sophomores Tomas Stillman, Nicky Wong and Grant Adams lead the UT squad with two wins apiece in singles play. Stillman has played at the No. 1 spot in all three matches this season with wins over IUPUI and Butler. Adams clinched his first win of the season in No. 2 singles vs. IUPUI and is 1-1 at the No. 3 spot with a loss against Purdue and win over Butler. Wong has played two matches at No. 4 where he is also 1-1 against PU and BU, and captured his first victory of the season at No. 3 over IUPUI.
Senior-transfer Francisco Stuardo won his first-career match as a Rocket in the No. 2 singles position against Butler last Sunday.
Stillman and Wong lead UT in doubles action with a 2-1 ledger.
The Rockets are looking to snap a 24-match losing streak against the Big Ten with tomorrow's matchup. Read all of the latest information at www.utrockets.com and on Twitter (@UTRocketsDotCom).