Illinois Dishes Out 7-0 Shutout vs. Penn State
April 14, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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
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