Singles Play Surges 5-2 U-M Win Over Illini
April 6, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Illini continued their four match road trip today in Ann Arbor this afternoon where they dropped a 5-2 contest to Michigan. Today marked the first back to back losses since losing to the top two teams in the nation in USC and Virginia in mid-March. As a result, the Illini drop to 11-8 overall and 4-2 in conference competition while the Wolverines jump to 10-7 and 5-1 in Big Ten play.
"Michigan fought hard so give them credit," said Illinois head coach Brad Dancer. "Today was a very frustrating loss. We did not perform well at four different singles spots and invited Michigan into that match. These are college tennis matches, and we have to demonstrate that we are better prepared and more ready to execute game plans and ready to impose ourselves physically and mentally. That burden falls on the coaching staff to make sure that tomorrow we are far more engaged throughout the entire singles matches."
For the second straight match the Orange and Blue started off by claiming the doubles point but came up short in singles play. The #22 ranked duo of Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon continue to thrive against doubles teams in the top-25. Today, they defeated #12 Evan King and Shaun Bernstein 8-6. Thus, Kopinski/Guignon are now 5-0 this season against nationally ranked tandems.
In other doubles action, Farris Gosea and Bruno Abdelnour clinched the first point by defeating Barrett Franks and Alex Buzzi 8-6 on court three. Finally, Alex Jesse's and Jared Hiltzik's match against Alex Petrone and Michael Zhu went unfinished at 7-8.
The lone Illini to earn a singles victory this afternoon was Stephen Hoh, who has now won six straight singles matches in a row, with a 4-0 record in the number four position. Today, the senior upended #98 Vlad Stefan 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
Sophomore Tim Kopinski came close to obtaining victory on court two, losing on a third set super tie-breaker. After claiming the first set 6-4, Kopinski dropped set two 3-6 before bowing out at 14-12 in the tie-breaker third set.
The Wolverines rounded out their score by earning straight set victories on courts one, three, five and six. Full results of today's matches are listed below:
No. 1 -- No. 15 Evan King (U-M) d. Jared Hiltzik (Illinois), 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 -- Alex Petrone (U-M) d. Tim Kopinski (Illinois), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (14-12)
No. 3 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) d. Ross Guignon (Illinois), 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 -- Stephen Hoh (Illinois) d. No. 98 Vlad Stefan (U-M), 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
No. 5 -- Michael Zhu (U-M) d. Farris Gosea (Illinois), 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. Alex Jesse (Illinois), 6-3, 6-4
No. 1 -- Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon (Illinois) d. No. 12 Evan King/Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 8-6
No. 2 -- Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M) vs. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (Illinois), DNF 8-7
No. 3 -- Farris Gosea/Bruno Abdelnour (Illinois) d. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi (U-M), 8-6