Illini Go 9-2, Sweep Singles, Day One at Olympia Fields
Sept. 13, 2013
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. - The Illinois Men's tennis team provided a solid start to their fall season today at Olympia Fields, going 9-2 on Friday. In the morning, the Illini doubles teams went 3-2, then in the afternoon, Illinois swept the singles competition with a 6-0 mark. Juniors Tim Kopinski and Farris Gosea shone bright for the Orange and Blue as they both went undefeated at 3-0.
The first round of doubles in the morning got off on the wrong foot as No. 56 Hiltzik/Jesse fell to Holiner/Glasspool of Texas, 8-3. Yet, the tandem of Kopinski/Gosea delivered the Illini their first win with a 8-3 victory over Lai/Murra from Kentucky.
In the second round of doubles, No. 56 Hiltzik/Jesse corrected the ship with a 8-7(5) win over Pecor/Schnurrenberger of Notre Dame. Then Kopinski/Gosea completed the doubles sweep as they took down No. 54 Grimal/O'Leary of Memphis, 8-5. Finally Bazarnik/Page got in on the action but fell short to Memphis' O'Hare/Wong, 8-5.
The singles portion of the day was executed perfectly for the Illini, as they swept their competition and went 6-0 as a collective unit. No. 17 Jared Hiltzik, Brian Page and Blake Bazarnik all picked up straight set victories, while teammates No. 121 Tim Kopinski, Farris Gosea and Julian Childers battled their ways to the win column in three set thrillers. Full Illinois results can be seen below.
#56 Hiltzik/Jesse (ILL) def. Pecor/Schnurrenberger (ND), 8-7(5)