#25 Illinois Fighting Illini men's tennis team vs #15 Tennessee
Sophomore 2013-14 All-American ... First-Team All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week (1/21) ... Finished the year ranked 12th nationally in singles ... Became the fifth Illini ever to reach the ITA National Indoor Championship final, marking the best collegiate tournament run in his young career ... Seeded 8th overall in the NCAA Singles Tournament, falling in the first round to California's Ben McLachlan in three sets ... Despite missing a month due to injury, Hiltzik still finished with a 31-11 overall mark and 17-6 dual record ... Went 6-2 in Big ten play ... Posted a 12-6 record against ranked opponents ... Delivered the clinching point in 'The Comeback' vs. Memphis in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament ... Hiltzik was part of the top-three singles positions that combined for a 69-17 record (.802 winning percentage) ... Notable singles victories include No. 6 Marcos Giron of UCLA, No. 8 Ray Sarmiento of USC, No. 22 Greg Andrews of Notre Dame and No. 7 Peter Kobelt of Ohio State ... Provided singles victories in all three matches of the home sweep vs. No. 16 Notre Dame, No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 10 Texas ... Reached the Quarterfinals of the ITA Men's All-American Championships ...Went 15-16 overall in doubles with a 9-3 dual record ...Won team's Scholar Athlete Award ... Academic All-Big Ten ... ITA Scholar Athlete.
Freshman 2012-13 Led the team with a 29-11 overall record with an 18-5 mark in dual matches... Played his way into the No. 1 singles position where he went 13-4... Amassed a 9-2 Big Ten record... Accomplished four wins over Top-25 ranked opponents including No. 23 Fred Saba, No. 15 Tom Jomby, No. 1 Blaz Rola and No. 22 Adrien Puget... Was the only tennis player to defeat Rola, the 2013 Singles Champion... Qualified for the NCAA Singles Championships, where he advanced to the Round of 32 after defeating Puget... Achieved a 20-12 record in doubles... Went 14-5 with teammate Alex Jesse with an undefeated 7-0 mark in Big Ten matches... Defeated No. 32 McCarthy/Van Engelen of Ohio State...Big Ten Freshmen of the Year... First-Team All-Big Ten... Three-Time Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week... Illini Newcomer of the Year finalist... Advantage Illinois Most Valuable Player ... ITA Scholar Athlete.
Juniors / High School Ranked first in the nation by TennisRecruiting.net ... Reached at least semifinals at all super nationals in which he competed ... Won the gold ball at winter nationals ... Won the silver ball at spring nationals ... Won the gold ball at clay court nationals ... Won the bronze ball at Kalamazoo ... Member of the Heiser Tennis Academy ... National Decoturf MVP 2012 ... Coached by former Illini Billy Heiser.
Personal Born Jared Hiltzik on July 8, 1994 ... Son of David Hiltzik and Arlyn Stern ... Has one sibling, Aron, who plays on the Illinois men's tennis team ... Lists his hobbies as golf, working out and playing with his dogs ... Biggest thrill in sports was winning his first gold ball at winter nationals this past year ... Lists Novak Djokovic as his favorite athlete.