Men's Tennis
Illinois Dishes Out 7-0 Shutout vs. Penn State

 
Alex Jesse earned a doubles and singles victory today, completing an undefeated weekend for the freshman
Alex Jesse earned a doubles and singles victory today, completing an undefeated weekend for the freshman
 

April 14, 2013

Box Score

URBANA, Ill. - With the regular season winding down, the Fighting Illini (13-9, 6-3 B1G) picked up a key win over Penn State (8-14, 2-7 B1G) in the form of a 7-0 shutout. The win marked the third shutout of the Big Ten regular season, last accomplished by an Illinois squad in 2008. In addition, the Illini are now 27-3 all-time against the Nittany Lions, as they have not lost to Penn State since the 1995 season. 

The Orange and Blue displayed a dominant doubles performance to start the day, yielding just a combined 8 games in their sweep of all three matches. Ross Guignon and Brian Page were the first Illini to finish, conquering Barry/Griffin 8-1. Next, the hot duo of Jared Hiltzik and Alex Jesse continued their conference doubles success, defeating Bader/Chen 8-4. Hiltzik/Jesse are now 5-0 in Big Ten play when paired together. 

Last but certainly not least, Tim Kopinski and Stephen Hoh teamed together for a 8-3 win over Trukulja/Young. Important to note, Illinois has now claimed the doubles point in five straight matches. 

After a great comeback performance Friday night against Ohio State's Hunter Callahan, Alex Jesse continued to surge in singles competition, cruising to a quick 6-1, 6-2 win over Ramy Labna in the No. 5 position. 

Tim Kopinski found himself down 4-0 in the second set after taking the first set 6-2. The sophomore then fought back and took six straight games for the win at No. 2 vs. Guanhua Chen. #36 Jared Hiltzik wrapped up next, completing his undefeated weekend with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Russell Bader in the No. 1 spot.

Brian Page at No. 6 and Stephen Hoh at No. 4 continued the straight set victories trend for the Illini. Page knocked off Young 6-1, 7-5 before Hoh bested Trukulja 7-6(0), 6-0.

Ross Guignon then completed the sweep at the No. 3 position. After grinding out a 7-6(8) first set, the sophomore wrapped the match with a 6-4 second set. 

The Fighting Illini will compete in their final regular season match at home on April 19, when they host Indiana at 3 p.m. CT.

Singles 

No. 1 -- #36 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Russell Bader (PSU) - 6-4, 7-5

No. 2 -- Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Guanhua Chen (PSU) - 6-2, 6-4

No. 3 -- Ross Guignon (ILL) def. Matt Barry (PSU) - 7-6(8), 6-4

No. 4 -- Stephen Hoh (ILL) def. Roman Trukulja (PSU) - 7-6(0), 6-0

No. 5 -- Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Ramy Labna (PSU)  - 6-1, 6-2

No. 6 -- Brian Page (ILL) def. Chris Young (PSU) - 6-1, 7-5

Doubles

No. 1 -- Hiltzik/Jesse (ILL) def. Bader/Chen (PSU), 8-4

No. 2 -- Guignon/Page (ILL) def. Barry/Griffin (PSU), 8-1

No. 3 -- Kopinski/Hoh (ILL) def. Trukulja (PSU), 8-3

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