Congratulations to the Fighting Illini men's tennis team, who are headed to the NCAA Finals for the first time since 2003, when Illinois capped off a dream season. Back then, Craig Tiley guided the Illini to an undefeated season in dual-match play, the team National Indoor Championship, the team NCAA Championship and NCAA Championships in both doubles and singles.
Brad Dancer's 2007 Illini are not as heralded as the 2003 team, but are a scrappy bunch. They've beaten No. 2 Ohio State (who had won four straight matches between the two teams) and No. 3 Baylor in the past two matches. Illinois will face the winner of the UGA/UVA tilt. UGA will be tough to beat on their home court, but nobody gave the Illini much of a chance against Ohio State or Baylor, either.