Illinois sophomore Waylon Chin notched a win at No. 5 singles for the Orange and Blue this afternoon.
April 3, 2009
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The 12th-ranked Illinois men's tennis team continued its perfect start to the Big Ten season with a 5-2 win over the No. 64-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes this afternoon at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. The Orange and Blue fell behind in doubles, but capitalized in singles for their fifth straight conference win.
"As a team we can take a lot of positives from today's match," Illinois head coach Brad Dancer said. "In doubles, the Hawkeyes got the best of us and unfortunately we were not able to capitalize on opportunities we had. However, our guys responded by managing their matches extremely well. It's a positive step for our team to get another Big Ten road win and now we have to get ready for a challenging match on Sunday against Minnesota."
With the win the Illini improve to 15-5 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten, while the Hawkeyes drop to 10-5, 2-3.
Early on in doubles, the Hawkeyes got off to a fast start. Iowa started off quickly with a win at No. 3 doubles. The Illini countered as the 49th-ranked Illini duo of Marek Czerwinski and Marc Spicijaric notched a victory at No. 1 doubles over Iowa's 57th-ranked Christian Bierich and Nikita Zotov, 8-5. Iowa took an early lead as they notched their second doubles victory of the afternoon at No. 2 doubles.
The Illini wasted little time in getting on the board in singles. Illinois sophomore Roy Kalmanovich, currently ranked No. 42 in the Campbell's Soup ITA poll, tallied a straight sets 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles over the Hawkeye's Nikita Zotov. Sophomore Abe Souza continued the Illini comeback, taking a straight sets win at the No. 6 slot for the Illini. With the victory, Souza improved to 6-1 in dual matches this season.
No. 39-ranked Illinois freshman Dennis Nevolo kept the balling rolling, as he downed Iowa's Reinoud Haal, 6-4, 6-3 on court two.
Senior Marc Spicijaric, ranked No. 79 in the nation, clinched the victory for the Orange and Blue at No. 1 singles. Spicijaric, dropped the first set to Iowa's Christian Bierich, but rebounded in the next two sets to take the win, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
At No. 4 singles, Illinois junior Marek Czerwinski fought hard against the Hawkeyes Will Vasos, but fell short in a tight three-set match, 7-6, 1-6, 6-4. Sophomore Waylon Chin put the final touches on the win for the Illini as he grinded out a three-set win over Iowa's Tommy McGeorge, 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8) on court five.
The Illini continue their conference travel as they head to No. 33 Minnesota on April 5. Match time is set for 12 p.m. CT. Live scoring will be available on gophersports.com, while a full recap of the match will be found at fightingillini.com at the conclusion of play.
#12 Illinois 5, #64 Iowa 2
April 3, 2009
Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex
1) #79 Marc Spicijaric (ILL) def. Christian Bierich (Iowa) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
2) #39 Dennis Nevolo (ILL) def. Reinoud Haal (Iowa) 6-4, 6-3
3) #42 Roy Kalmanovich (ILL) def. Nikita Zotov (Iowa) 6-3, 6-4
4) Will Vasos (Iowa) def. Marek Czerwinski (ILL) 7-6, 1-6, 6-4
5) Waylon Chin (ILL) def. Tommy McGeorge (Iowa) 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8)
6) Abe Souza (ILL) def. Gregory Holm (Iowa) 6-1, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3,6,2,1,4,5
1 #49 Marek Czerwinski / Marc Spicijaric (ILL) def. #57 Christian Bierich/Nikita Zotov (IOWA) 8-5
2) Reinoud Haal/Greg Holm (IOWA) def. #18 Dennis Nevolo / Ruan Roelofse (ILL) 8-5
3) Tommy McGeorge/Will Vasos (IOWA) def. Brian Livingston / Waylon Chin (ILL) 8-0
Order of Finish: 3,1,2