Ross Guignon and company will look to bounce back next weekend when they welcome Duke and Tennessee to Atkins Tennis Center
Jan. 26, 2013
URBANA, Ill. - The No. 16 Illinois men's tennis team tried to bounce back in the ITA Kick-Off consolation game Saturday afternoon, but fell to No. 24 Tulsa 4-2. As a result, the Illini drop to 2-2 on the young season. Freshman Jared Hiltzik and Sophomore Ross Guignon shone for the Illini today, claiming singles victories for the Orange and Blue's favor.
Doubles woes continued for Illinois as they did not pick up a victory this weekend. Tulsa's Clifford Marsland and Alejandro Espejo defeated Alex Jesse and Farris Gosea 8-4 in the one slot. Tulsa then claimed the doubles point when Japie De Klerk and Carlos Bautista defeated Bruno Abdelnour and Jared Hiltzik 8-5 at the three.
Jared Hiltzik fought back for the Illini in singles competition, exacting revenge on Japie De Klerk when he beat him 6-2, 6-3. Ross Guignon picked up the second point for Illinois at the six when he downed Tristan Jackson 6-0, 6-3.
Tim Kopinski battled valiantly at the three, taking Grant Ive to three sets but eventually bowing out at 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. Farris Gosea was also in a tough three set clash but his match went unfinished at the score of 6-1, 5-7, 1-4.
In the evening match between Friday winners of North Carolina and Tennessee, the Volunteers emerged victorious by the score 4-1 and are officially moving on to the ITA National Indoor Championships.
Up next, the Orange and Blue remain home as they take on Duke Friday, Feb. 1, inside the Atkins Tennis Center at 6 p.m. CT. Then, the very next day on Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. CT, the Illini once again welcome Tennessee, as they receive a rematch with the Volunteers.