Illini Wrap OFCC Inv. Competition
Sept. 15, 2013
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. - The Illinois men's tennis squad concluded play this afternoon at the Olympia Fields Country Club Fighting Illini Invitational. The Orange and Blue spilt their doubles matches, going 1-1, but continued to roll in singles play where they achieved a 4-1 mark. Thus, the Illini finished with a 16-8 record in singles competition over the course of the three day tournament. In addition, junior Tim Kopinski was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
"I'm happy for Tim to take home the OFCC Most Oustanding Player Award," said Illinois head coach Brad Dancer. "His perserverance, commitment and dedication to being his best is a tremendous model for our team and his competitive zest embodies the spirit of Fighting Illini athletics."
Tim Kopinski and Farris Gosea tasted their first doubles defeat when they dropped a tight 8-6 decision to Sitaram/Lewis of Texas. No. 56 Jared Hiltzik and Alex Jesse made sure to give the Orange and Blue a doubles victory on the day, knocking off Gold/Hurooka of Kentucky, 8-7(5). Therefore, both Illinois doubles teams went 2-1 at the OFCC Inv.
Illinois' top two singles players from last season had a strong debut this weekend. No. 121 Tim Kopinski finished with an undefeated 4-0 mark after topping No. 117 Justin Shane of Virginia, 6-1, 6-4. In addition, despite today's 6-4, 6-3 loss to No. 31 Greg Andrews from Notre Dame, No. 17 Jared Hiltzik finished with a 3-1 record.
Rounding out the Illinois singles victories for the final day were Farris Gosea, Brian Page and Blake Bazarnik. All three Illini only dropped three games each today in their straight set victories over opponents from Kentucky, Texas and Virginia. Vanderbilt transfer Blake Bazarnik produced a strong Illini debut with his 3-1 final record at the OFCC Inv. Today's full results can be found below.
Up next for Illinois is the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. starting Sept. 30.