Freelove Ties Doubles Record in Illini Victory
The No. 5 University of Illinois men's tennis team shut out Wake Forest 7-0 tonight at the Atkins Tennis Center, winning all six singles matches and the doubles point, as Illini senior Oliver Freelove (Bromley, England/Seven Oaks) tied the school record for career doubles victories.
"That's great for Oliver," said Head Coach Craig Tiley. "Since his freshman year, he's worked hard to improve his doubles and this record is just a result of that effort."
Freelove earned his record-tying win by teaming with Cary Franklin (Atlanta, Ga./St. Pius X) at No. 2 doubles to rout the Wake Forest pair of Andres Guzman and Rick Phillip, 8-1. The Illini senior is now an incredible 94-34 (.734) in his doubles career, tying the record set last season by departed-senior Brady Blain, who ended his career with a 94-56 doubles mark. Freelove/Franklin's win helped the Orange and Blue clinch the doubles point and a 1-0 lead.
Singles ended quickly, as every Illinois netter won in straight sets. The highlight was Freelove's demolition at No. 1 singles, as the 13th-ranked Illini destroyed Wake Forest's top-player, No. 24 Myles Clouston, 6-1, 6-1. Gavin Sontag (Aurora, Ohio/Aurora) clinched the victory with a 6-2, 6-2, victory at No. 3 singles over Brett Mauro.
The Fighting Illini improve to 5-0 on the year and have now won 14 consecutive home dual-matches, the second longest streak in school history. That winning streak will be put to the test tomorrow, as the No. 5 Illini host No. 10 Duke at 11 a.m. at the Atkins Tennis Center.