Illini Capture Pair of Wins on Final Day of Two Tournaments
Sept. 23, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Fighting Illini men's tennis team wrapped up action at two tournaments Sunday with a pair of singles wins, capturing one at the University of Virginia Ranked +1 Invitational in Charlottesville, Va., and the other at the Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic in St. Helena, Calif.
"There were lots of tough matches this weekend," head coach Brad Dancer said. "It was great for our guys to be in the thick of these events. Now, we'll get busy mapping out the remainder of the fall for each of our guys."
Freshman Julian Childers cruised to his second career singles victory in a 6-4, 6-1 bout with Alex Van Gils of George Washington to close out the UVa Ranked +1 Invite with a 2-2 singles mark.
On the west coast, senior Stephen Hoh earned a 6-4, 6-1 win over Robert Bellamy, one of the nation's top junior players, to end the tournament 2-1 in singles and 4-1 overall. Meanwhile, sophomore Tim Kopinski and freshman Brian Page came up just short in their singles matches.
"The effort level was great," associate head coach Marcos Asse said. "And we continue to define what it means to compete, as all of the Illini guys constantly put forth maximum physical effort. There are a few nuances of competing that the younger guys are still learning, but they continue to develop each time they play. We just need to expedite the process to be ready for January, and we will continue to work on that starting tomorrow."
The Orange and Blue will take a week off of competition before heading to Tulsa, Okla., for the ITA All-American Championships, Oct. 4-7.