Sophomore Marc Spicijaric's spirited win on court three leads Illini to 4-1 victory over Purdue.
April 27, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 9 Illinois men's tennis team looked in top form today at the Schwartz Tennis Center on the campus of Purdue University, handing the 2007 Big Ten Tournament host a 4-1 setback en route to earning its ninth straight berth into the conference semifinals. The Illini managed the wind and cold temperatures during doubles play to take a 1-0 lead before earning convincing wins in singles to advance to the third-day of the Big Ten Tournament where they will face No. 2-seeded
"I thought we came out with a lot of intensity and energy today in doubles and carried that through the match," head coach Brad Dancer said. "It's always good to get that first win under your belt. I thought overall, our execution could improve, but I was pleased with the way Marc was a leader for us and then Kevin followed with a pretty strong match. Now, we are going to just prepare for tomorrow and be ready to go against
The win improved
A full recap of the Illini's match against the Wolverines will be available at www.fightingillini.com, following the conclusion of the match. Live scoring also can be followed at purduesports.com as well as complete tournament coverage.
MATCH RECAP: DERAILING THE BOILERMAKERS
Heading into the day, the Fighting Illini were looking to end the Cinderella run by the 2007 Big Ten Tournament host, Purdue, and had no interest in being another upset victim at the hands of the Boilermakers on their home courts. Purdue entered today's matchup after notching their first Big Ten dual win of the season in a 4-1 upset over No. 7-seeded
Heading into singles with an early 1-0 lead, the 19th time the Illini had captured the doubles point in 24 matches this season,
Purdue responded with its only dual point of the afternoon on court five, as
With a first set victory already in tow, Anderson (ILL) make quick work in the second against Kuzmanovic (PUR) to clinch the 6-4, 6-2 win. Rowe (ILL) polished off the afternoon for the Fighting Illini as he watched Rose (PUR) double fault on his last service game, handing the junior a 6-4, 6-3 victory on court two and the Illini a 4-1 dual-match win.
TENNIS MATCH RESULTS
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
QUARTERFINALS vs. NO. 11-SEED PURDUE
No. 3-Seed/No. 9-Ranked ILLINOIS 4, No. 11-seed Purdue 1
1. #5 Kevin Anderson (
2. #23 Ryan Rowe (
3. Marc Spicijaric (
4. Kurt Zaske (PUR) vs. Ruben Gonzales (ILL) 3-6, 6-1, unfinished
5. Paul Foley (PUR) def. GD Jones (ILL) 6-2, 7-5
6. Scott Warner (PUR) vs. Brandon Davis (ILL) 6-7 (4-7), 1-1, unfinished
1. #9 Ryan Rowe/Kevin Anderson (ILL) def. Branko Kuzmanovic/Paul Rose (PUR) 8-4
2. Eric Hodgman/Jose Fuenmayor (PUR) vs. Brandon Davis/Ruben Gonzales (ILL) 6-6, unfinished
3. GD Jones/Marc Spicijaric (
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 1); Singles (3, 5, 1, 2)
LAST TIME AGAINST THE WOLVERINES
In the two team's last meeting, then No. 8 Illinois suffered a stunning upset at the hands of No. 19 Michigan, 5-2, in
Senior GD Jones and sophomore Marc Spicijaric (ILL) gave the Illini an early lead in doubles on court two, disposing of the No. 35-ranked Ryan Heller and Andrew Mazlin (UM), 8-6.
With the same competitive air of an NCAA Championships semifinal or final, the 10th-ranked pair of Kevin Anderson and Ryan Rowe were challenged all the way to the final point, but prevailed 9-8(1) over the third-ranked duo of Brian Hung and Matko Maravic (UM).
With the doubles point in hand,
In singles, fifth-ranked
From that point on, showing a never-quit attitude,