Illinois defeats Indiana 6-1 on Senior Day
April 19, 2013
URBANA, Ill. – In the final regular season home match, the Fighting Illini (14-9, 7-3 B1G) claimed a 6-1 victory over Indiana (16-12, 6-4 B1G) finishing off a successful senior night. The win ended a two year skid against the Hoosiers, and boosted the Illini to sole possession of fourth place in the Big Ten standings with one match remaining before the conference tournament.
The Orange and Blue continued their recent dominant doubles success, losing only a combined 9 games in all three matches. The duo of Farris Gosea and Tim Kopinski were the first to finish off their match, defeating MacTaggart/Bednarczyk 8-1. After going up 7-2, Jared Hiltzik and Alex Jesse fought off a trying comeback against Tasic/Essick to win the match 8-5, thus extending their doubles winning streak to a 6-0 mark in Big Ten play.
“Once we got the doubles point we thought it might be a good opportunity to give both Farris and Alex opportunities to go out there and compete today in singles as well,” said head coach Brad Dancer.
The decision would pay off as both Farris Gosea and Alex Jesse contributed to Illinios’ early lead, as the duo along with Jared Hiltzik claimed three straight singles points in decisive straight sets to clinch the match for the Orange and Blue.
Gosea claimed the first singles point for the Illini in a swift 6-1, 6-1 victory over Elliot Yee on court six. No. 31 Jared Hiltzik shortly followed, claiming a 6-2, 6-3 victory over No. 104 Sam Monette in the No. 1 position, his fourth straight victory.
On court 5, Alex Jesse continued his hot play down the final stretch, cruising to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Chris Essick. Jesse has now won his last three singles matches.
“Farris started to set the tone towards the latter half of his match and really locked in and played the way he needs to play,” Dancer said. “Jesse is starting to really understand composure and what that means. We’ve always believed in AJ’s athletic ability and he’s starting to find where he needs to be on the tennis court. I think he’s developing into a great player right now.”
Seniors Bruno Abdelnour and Stephen Hoh were honored before today's match for the four years of dedication to the tennis program. Abdelnour fell 6-7, 6-3, 1-0 to MacTaggart in No. 2 singles but Hoh emerged triumphant with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Bednarczyk in the No. 4 slot.
No. 1 -- #31 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #104 Sam Monette (IU) - 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 -- Josh MacTaggart (IU) def. Bruno Abdelnour (ILL) - 6-7, 6-3, 1-0
No. 3 -- Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Dimitrije Tasic (ILL) - 5-7, 6-2, 1-0
No. 4 -- Stephen Hoh (ILL) def. Daniel Bednarczyk (IU) - 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 -- Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Chris Essick (IU) - 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 -- Farris Gosea (ILL) def. Elliot Yee (IU) - 6-1, 6-1
No. 1 -- #77 Gosea/Kopinski (ILL) def. MacTaggart/Bednarczyk (IU) - 8-1
No. 2 -- #80 Hiltzik/Jesse (ILL) def. Tasic/Essick (IU) - 8-5
No. 3 -- Page/Abdelnour (ILL) def. Monette/Yee (IU) - 6-3, uf