#20 Illini Wrap Up Regular Season Sunday at Home
April 20, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 20th-ranked University of Illinois men's tennis team (13-6, 7-2 Big Ten) will close out the regular season with a road match against Indiana (18-8, 5-4) on Friday at 2 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind., followed by its home finale Sunday at Noon against Purdue (10-13, 2-7). Sunday's match will serve as Senior Day for the Orange and Blue and will be held at Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.
The Illini boast a 93-10-1 lead in the all-time series against the Boilermakers and have won their last 21 meetings since 1993. Last season, Illinois came away with a 6-1 win in West Lafayette, Ind., where current seniors Dennis Nevolo and Roy Kalmanovich and current juniors Stephen Hoh and Bruno Abdelnour each claimed victories in singles action.
CAMPBELL/ITA NATIONAL RANKINGS
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Purdue is 10-13 overall and 2-7 in the Big Ten heading into the weekend but will face Northwestern on Friday before making the trip to Urbana. The Boilermakers have lost their last three contests, including a 6-0 shutout against Ohio State in their last outing. The squad features one ranked doubles team, No. 73 Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne.
BIG TEN STANDINGS
LAST TIME OUT
The Illini captured the doubles point for the first time in their last three tries, sweeping doubles for the third time this year. Freshman tandem Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon posted an 8-0 shutout against C.J. Griffin and Christopher Hasyn at the No. 2 spot, while 25th-ranked seniors Dennis Nevolo and Roy Kalmanovich cruised to a swift 8-2 victory over Russell Bader and Bryan Welnetz on court one to claim the point. Freshman Farris Gosea and junior Stephen Hoh turned in a 6-5(2) win over Taylor Cohen and Tomas Hanzlik on court three.
In singles action, Hoh got the Orange and Blue started with a quick 6-2, 6-2 win over Hasyn at the No. 5 spot. No. 38 Kalmanovich followed up with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Bader on court two. Abdelnour clinched the Illinois win with a 7-6(10), 6-1 decision over Cohen at the No. 3 position, while Nevolo added a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Hanzlik at the top spot. Gosea won a 7-5, 6-7(6), (10-2) thriller on court six to wrap up the day for the Illini.