#19 Illini Shutout Nebraska 7-0
March 23, 2013
URBANA, Ill. - The #19 Illinois men's tennis team participated in a unique double-header Saturday afternoon which saw the Orange and Blue go 2-0 on the day after defeating Vincennes 54-12 under unique formatting and then resumed Big Ten play with a 7-0 shutout over the visiting Nebraska Cornhuskers. Thus, the Illini move to 9-6 overall and 3-0 in conference.
In the Vincennes matchup, Illinois head coach Brad Dancer utilized a special format tested earlier in the season with cumulative game scoring with a final team total. Therefore, in doubles action, the Orange and Blue took the maximum 18 points after winning on all three courts.
First, Gosea/Abdelnour defeated Kuhn/Bermudez 6-3. Then Page/Guignon beat Mandrell/Manjunath 6-2, followed by a 6-0 Jesse/Hiltzik sweep over Holcomb/Steiner.
The Illini then continued their dominance in singles play by claiming the maximum total of points there as well. The combination of Jared Hiltzik and eventual sub later in the match Alex Jesse, knocked down Kuhn 6-1. Tim Kopinski defeated Bermudez 6-3 in the two slot while Stephen Hoh emerged with a 6-0 win over Mandrell in the three. Bruno Abdelnour, who was subbed out later by Page, won 6-4 over Manjunath. Finally, Guignon beat Holcomb 6-0 in the five hole while Farris Gosea completed the sweep at the six with a 6-0 victory over Steiner.
Next, the Illini remained perfect in conference and perfect against Nebraska for it was just the second time in program history the two squads have met. In addition, the 2013 squad has already achieved two 7-0 shutouts in Big Ten competition through three games.
The #36 pairing of Kopinski and Guignon continue to be an effective force for the Illini in doubles, defeating Andre Stenger and Marc Hermann 8-2 in number one doubles. As a result, the duo have now won seven straight doubles matches when paired together. Then Alex Jesse and Jared Hiltzik clinched the doubles point with a 8-5 win over Scott Elsass and Brandon Videtich.
Senior Stephen Hoh obtained victory in straight sets, defeating Eric Sock 6-1, 6-2 in the four position. #40 Jared Hiltzik rallied in number one singles after dropping the first set 7-5. The freshman went on to win the next two sets 6-4, 6-2, over Andre Stenger.
Tim Kopinski grinded out a point for the Illini in the two spot with a 7-6, 7-6 (5) win over Dusty Boyer. The Illinois success then continued with Bruno Abdelnour's 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Marc Hermann, Farris Gosea's 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 victory over Tom Blackwell and #108 Ross Guignon's 6-3, 6-1 over Bradford Zitsch.
"Nebraska is a very spirited team," said Illinois head coach Brad Dancer. "Our guys showed a lot of determination and really sticked with their game plans. We are definitely pleased to win another Big Ten match."
Next up, the Orange and Blue hit the road for their first Big Ten road matches of the 2013 season. First, Illinois travels to Madison for a March 29 showdown with Wisconsin at 6 p.m., then head to Minneapolis for a March 31 matchup with Minnesota at Noon CT.
1. Gosea/Abdelnour defeated Kuhn/Bermudez 6-3
2. Page/Guignon def. Mandrell/Manjunath 6-2
3. Jesse/Hiltzik def. Holcomb/Steiner 6-0
1. Hiltzik/Jesse def Kuhn 6-1
2. Kopinski def. Bermudez 6-3
3. Hoh def. Mandrell 6-0
4. Abdelnour/Page def. Manjunath 6-4
5. Guignon def. Holcomb 6-0
6. Gosea def. Steiner 6-0
1. (Illini) #36 Kopinski/ Guignon def. (NU) Hermann/ Stenger 8-2
2. (Illini) Gosea/ Abdelnour vs (NU) Zitsch/ Boyer 5-5
3. (illini) Jesse/ Hiltzik def. (NU) Videtich/ Elsass 8-5
1.(Illini) #40 Jared Hiltzik def. (NU) Andre Stenger 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
2. (Illini) Tim Kopinski def. (NU) Dusty Boyer 7-6, 7-6
3. (Illini) Bruno Abdelnour def. (NU) Marc Herrmann 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
4. (Illini) Stephen Hoh def. (NU) Eric Sock 6-1, 6-2
5. (Illini) Farris Gosea def. (NU) Tom Blackwell 6-2, 5-7, 6-1
6. (Illini) #108 Ross Guignon def. (NU) Bradford Zitsch 6-3, 6-1