#10 Illinois Earns 4-1 Victory over Wisconsin
April 20, 2014
URBANA, Ill. - The No. 10 Fighting Illini men's tennis team wrapped up the regular season Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 victory over Wisconsin. The Orange and Blue move to 20-7 overall and 9-2 in conference, clinching the number two seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament. In addition, today’s win over the Badgers capped Illinois’ perfect record at home this season, boasting an 11-0 mark.
“I think our guys went out and got it done today,” said Illinois head coach Brad Danccer. “It was nice to get a win despite not having Farris out there. I’m glad we finished out the season the way we did."
Illinois got a boost from its fourth ranked duo of Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon who were back in the lineup Sunday, as the Illini claimed the doubles point and the early 1-0 lead. Kopinski/Guignon got things going when they defeated Alexander Kokorev and Petr Satral 8-2 on court one. Then, Jared Hiltzik and Alex Jesse sealed it on court two with a 8-5 win over Jakhongir Jalalov and Frederik Strabo. The pairing of Blake Bazarnik and Julian Childers left the court up 7-3.
“I think Tim and Ross were their usual selves out there,” added Dancer. “The other guys I thought played a little bit sharper in terms of the smaller details, but we still have to get sharper at doubles. We have better players then maybe how we’ve been performing in that aspect of the game.”
Blake Bazarnik was the first to get on the board in singles as he made quick work of Jakhongir Jalalov 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 3 singles position Next, Jared Hiltzik defeated Petr Satral 6-3, 6-1 on court one to take a three point lead over the Badgers. Playing at No. 2 singles, Tim Kopinski sealed the match with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Alexander Kokorev.
The lone point for Wisconsin came from Elliot Sprecher on court four as he defeated Brian Page 6-3, 6-4.
Up next, the Illini will travel to East Lansing, Mich to compete in the Big Ten Tournament. Illinois will receive a first round bye and compete in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. CT on Friday, April 25. The Orange and Blue will play the winner of the Minnesota and Indiana matchup.
No. 1 -- #4 Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon (ILL) def. Alexander Kokorev/Petr Satral (WISC) 8-2
No. 2 -- Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Jakhongir Jalalov/Frederik Strabo (WISC) 8-5
No. 3 -- Julian Childers/Blake Bazarnik (ILL) vs. Michael Sinha/Elliot Sprecher (WISC) 7-3, unfinished
No.1 -- #8 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Petr Satral (WISC) 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 -- #52 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Alexander Kokorev (WISC) 6-2, 7-5
No. 3 -- Blake Bazarnik (ILL) def. Jakhongir Jalalov (WISC) 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 -- Elliot Sprecher (WISC) def. Brian Page (ILL) 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 -- Ross Guignon (ILL) vs. Michael Sinha (WISC) 6-2, 3-1, unfinished
No. 6 -- Alex Jesse (ILL) vs. Frederik Strabo (WISC) 6-3, 4-0, unfinished