Kopinski/Guignon Fall in First Round of Doubles
May 22, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - On Thursday afternoon in Athens, Georgia, the fifth-eighth seeded Illini duo Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski debuted in the 2014 NCAA doubles tournament, squaring off with Clemson's Hunter Harrington and Dominique Maden in first round action. The two teams battled earlier in the year in an unfinished match, and it was the Tigers who finally got the upper hand and upset the Orange and Blue, advancing to the next round via a three-set victory today.
"Clemson played a great match from start to finish," said Illinois head coach Brad Dancer. "They put a lot of pressure on Kopinski and Guignon from the start. Our guys played hard but I give Clemson a ton of credit. They hit big shots at big moments. Very proud of the manner with which we competed today. Obviously as a team there is a ton of room for improvement."
Set one was a game of three's. Illinois jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Clemson tied it back up. Then it was Kopinski's/Guignon's turn again as they rattled off another stretch of three games to take the first set 6-3. However, the tide quickly turned in the Tigers favor. Harrington/Maden went on to take 12 of the next 15 games to clinch it 6-2, 6-1.
Despite the first round loss Kopinski/Guignon have a lot to be proud of. The duo are the first Illini All-American doubles team since 2007. They finished the 2013-14 year with a 27-12 mark, tying the seventh most wins in a season. This spring, the tandem went 16-6 in dual matches and 5-2 against top-30 ranked doubles teams.
Doubles - First Round
Harrington / Maden (CLEM) def. 5-8 seed Kopinski / Guignon (ILL), 3-6, 6-2, 6-1