Illini Open at Home With Three Matches in Five Days
Feb. 4, 2014
URBANA, Ill. - The Fighting Illini men's tennis team will play three matches in five days, starting this Wednesday when they make their Atkins Tennis Center debut at 6 p.m. First up will be #22 Notre Dame, followed by #9 Texas A&M Friday at 6 p.m. and then #14 Texas at Noon on Sunday. This week has major implications for these will be the final matches before the ITA National Indoor Championships. All three opponents this week have qualified along with the Illini and all three are undefeated.
To help promote free wings Wednesday, Coach Dancer and sophomore Julian Childers competed in a Blazin' Wings Challenge, where they tried to consume 12 of the hottest wings in under six minutes. Check out the hilarious footage below:
Jared Hiltzik will look to bounce back from his first singles loss of the dual match season, losing to North Carolina's Brayden Schnur 6-5(5), 6-4. The sophomore will continue to lead the Illini in the No. 1 singles position and is currently ranked No. 4 in the country. In addition, No. 106 Farris Gosea improved to 3-1 after a 2-0 weekend in the No. 2 singles slot, which saw victories over No. 36 Brett Clark of UNC and Fred Saba of Duke.
It was also a tough weekend in doubles, dropping the opening points to both ACC schools. The Illini have started just 1-3 this season in obtaining the doubles point and will look to get back on track this week with its three top-40 ranked doubles teams.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING IRISH
Greg Andrews is back to lead Notre Dame once more, currently ranked 22nd in the country. However, the senior is on a three-match losing streak in singles play and is 2-3 against nationally ranked foes. In doubles, Andrews teams with Alex Lawson. The duo is ranked 21st in the nation and is off to a 5-0 start in doubles, with all their wins coming from the No. 1 position.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
In singles, the Aggies boast three top-40 players in No. 13 Jeremy Efferding, No. 19 Harrison Adams and No. 38 Shane Vinsant. More impressively, Texas A&M also utilizes two top-20 ranked doubles teams as well in No. 6 Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow and No. 20 Effferding and Jordan Szabo.
SCOUTING THE LONGHORNS
Texas is powered by No. 24 George Goldhoff, No. 35 Lloyd Glasspool and No. 75 Soren Hess-Olesen, with the latter holding a 4-0 mark in the No. 1 singles position. Glasspool has started every match at No. 2 and is 5-2 while Goldholff is 3-1 at No. 3. In doubles, Glasspool teams with Hess-Olesen and are ranked fifth in the country with a 5-0 record in the No. 1 position.
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