The team of Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon won the doubles consolation bracket at ITA All-American Championships
Oct. 6, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - The first men's national title of the fall season was in full swing this week as the nation's top players converged upon Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center for the ITA Men's All-American Championships. The Illini's own Jared Hiltzik produced a good run and reached the quarterfinals of the main singles draw. Meanwhile, the tandem of Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon achieved victory in the doubles consolation bracket.
Hiltzik started his All-American Tourney run on Thursday morning where he defeated UNLV's Ace Matias 7-5, 6-3. After a short break, Hiltzik was back at it, this time getting the best of Duke's Fred Saba with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.
On Friday, the sophomore squared off with his first seeded opponent of the tournament in seven-seed Ray Sarmiento of USC. He then delivered his third consecutive straight-set victory of the tournament with a 6-2, 6-2 win.
In the quarterfinals, Hiltzik was halted by eventual winner and 12-seed Mitchell Frank of Virginia. Frank got the best of the Wilmette native with a 6-2, 7-6(5) win.
"Jared got back to finding his equilibrium on the court. It's a critical component for him knowing where to be," Illinois head coach Brad Dancer said. "His next step is to maintain where he needs to be from a composure stand point and implementing the things he learns at practice."
In the doubles draw, the seventh-seeded Illinois team of Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski suffered some deja-vu from last season's NCAA Tournament, falling 8-4 to Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin and Ryan Lipman.
However, Kopinski/Guignon displayed resilience and bounced back nicely in the consolation bracket. After earning victories against teams from SMU and Elon, the Illini duo grinded out a 8-7(1) win against Big Ten foes Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka of Ohio State. Then, the Orange and Blue crew delivered a hard fought 6-4, 0-6, 6-1 win over Lloyd Glasspool and Soren Hess-Olsen from Texas in the finals.
"Their intangibles are fantastic," Dancer stated. "If they can improve the bread and butter of their serving games they are going to be a really good doubles team."
Next up for the Fighting Illini is the Team Championships held in College Station, Texas Oct. 11-13.
Singles Main Draw
Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Ace Matias (UNLV), 7-5, 6-3
Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Fred Saba (DUKE), 6-2, 6-3
Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Ray Sarmiento (USC), 6-2, 6-2
Mitchell Frank (UVA) def. Jared Hiltzik (ILL), 6-2, 7-6(5)
Nick Chappell (TCU) def. Tim Kopinski (ILL), 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-4
Doubles Main Draw
Austin/Lipman (VANDY) def. Guignon/Kopinski (ILL), 8-4
Guignon/Kopinski (ILL) def. Lammons/Sanders (SMU), 8-7
Guignon/Kopinski (ILL) def. Fortmann/Silverman (ELON), 8-5
Guignon/Kopinski (ILL) def. Kobelt/Metka (OSU), 8-7(1)
Guignon/Kopinski (ILL) def. Glasspool/Hess-Olsen (TEX), 6-4, 0-6, 6-1
Ross Guignon (ILL) def. Dominik Koepfer (TUL), 6-4, 6-3
Michael Grant (USC) def. Ross Guignon (ILL), 6-4, 6-1
Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Sebastian Sachs (OK ST), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Jonny Wang (USC) def. Tim Kopinski (ILL), 6-2, 7-6(5)
Farris Gosea (ILL) def. Robin Goodman (DRAKE), 6-3, 6-2
Chris Helliar (UAB) def. Farris Gosea (ILL), 6-3, 7-5
Farris Gosea (ILL) def. Ben Tasevac (UTAH), 6-0, 6-2
Farris Gosea (ILL) def. Chas Okamoto (UHM), 6-1, 6-1
Elliot Orkin (FLA) def. Farris Gosea (ILL), 6-4, 7-5