#6 Illinois Sweeps Sunday Doubleheader
March 9, 2014
URBANA, Ill. - The sixth ranked Fighting Illini men's tennis team picked up a pair of wins on Sunday inside the Atkins Tennis Center. The Illini moved to 2-0 in Big Ten play after defeating Purdue 5-2. The Orange and Blue then moved its overall record to 9-4 after a 7-0 shutout over Detroit Mercy.
"Another solid performance from our team today," said Illinois head coach Brad Dancer. "Earlier this season when we were able to play matches in bunches I felt we had better rhthm for the flow of points. With matches only on the weekend, the coaches have to do a better job of creating an atmosphere for our guys to be engaged from the start."
The Illini continued its success against the Boilermakers, winning its 24th straight against the conference foe. In addition, Illinois is now 96-10-1 against Purdue in the all-time series.
"Some highlights today definitely Bazarnik and Childers in doubles against Purdue," continued Dancer. "Julian was an imposing force on the doubles court. Also Bazarnik and Jesse both displayed the composure we preach about after dropping second sets. Farris continues to set a great tone when he gets the opportunity to play at the #1 position and Tim showed a lot more patience today than he's been demonstrating in practice."
Illinois won both doubles points on Sunday, thus the Orange and Blue have recently changed the tides in terms of obtaining the early 1-0 lead. After dropping the doubles point six straight times in late January/early February, the Orange and Blue have won doubles in five of its six last matches.
Against Purdue, Blake Bazarnik and Julian Childers got their first doubles victory together, defeating Mark Kovacs and Mateus Silva, 8-4. The Illinois duo then carried that momentum into the evening match where they earned a 6-3 win over Detroit's Bobby Cawood and Patryk Kroscielski.
No. 4 Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon won their fifth straight match together when they clinched the doubles point against Purdue. Down 6-4 in the tiebreak, the Illinois pairing rattled off four straight points to take it 8-6.
Alex Jesse and Farris Gosea teamed together in both matches today. Against Purdue's Szymon Tatarczyk and Ricky Medinilla, the duo's match went unfinished at 5-6. However, they did earn their second dual match doubles win of the season after downing Detroit's Rafael Orantes and Chance Conley.
In singles, No. 23 Farris Gosea, No. 33 Tim Kopinski, Alex Jesse and Blake Bazarnik all won both their matches Sunday. In fact, both Gosea and Kopinski controlled the tempo quite well, dropping just eight and nine games combined, respectively.
Gosea started with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Purdue's Ricky Medinilla in No. 1 singles and then defeated Detroit's Cawood 6-2, 6-2. Meanwhile, Kopinski rolled to a 6-4, 6-1 win over Purdue's Tatarczyk before finishing with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Detroit's Kroscielski.
Jesse battled to hard fought 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win against Purdue's Acosta before cruising to a 6-1, 6-1 straight set victory over Detroit's Conley.
Bazarnik also toughed out a three-set win to start the day, defeating Purdue's Kovacs 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-2 in the No. 3 position. The junior then moved his dual match record to 8-2 with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Detroit's Kadyrov.
"Overall we continue to have guys that are not afraid to get down and dirty on the court, to win ugly, and to get through with legs and guts," concluded Dancer. "I'm proud that this team identifies with that toughness. With our upcoming schedule we will need to stay on task - a big fun week for Fighting Illini Tennis ahead."
Up next is yet another doubleheader on Friday, March 14 at the Atkins Tennis Center. First up is South Florida at 11 a.m. CT, followed by the College Match Day contest vs. Pepperdine at 6 p.m. CT.
Illini Results - Purdue
No. 2 -- Tatarczyk / Medinilla (PUR) vs. Gosea / Jesse (ILL), 6-5, unfinished
No. 3 -- Bazarnik / Childers (ILL) def. Kovacs / Silva (PUR), 8-4
No. 2 -- #33 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Szymon Tatarczyk (PUR), 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 -- Blake Bazarnik (ILL) def. Mark Kovacs (PUR), 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-2
No. 4 – Aaron Dujovne (PUR) def. Ross Guignon (ILL), 5-7, 6-1, 2-0
No. 5 – Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Diego Acosta (PUR), 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
No. 6 -- Mateus Silva (PUR) def. Julian Childers (ILL), 7-5, 3-6, 10-4
Illini Results - Detroit Mercy
No. 2 -- Bazarnik / Childers (ILL) def. Cawood / Kroscielski (DM), 6-3
No. 3 -- Page / Kopinski (ILL) def. Kadyrov / White (DM), 6-1
No. 2 -- #33 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Patryk Kroscielski (DM), 6-0, 6-4
No. 3 -- Brian Page (ILL) def. Rafael Orantes (DM), 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 – Blake Bazarnik (ILL) def. Ismail Kadyrov (DM), 6-0, 6-2
No. 5 – Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Chance Conley (DM), 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 -- Julian Childers (ILL) def. Tanguy Crosnier (DM), 6-0, 6-1