Illini Singles & Doubles Qualifiers Begin Tournament Runs
May 22, 2013
URBANA, Ill. - The field has been set for the NCAA singles and doubles tournament starting this morning. Illini freshman No. 32 Jared Hiltzik will begin his first NCAA singles tournament run at 5 p.m. CT this evening vs. UCLA's No. 22 Adrien Puget. In addition, on Thursday, Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon start their doubles quest vs. four-seed Mac Styslinger and Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia at a time to be determined later tonight.
Hiltzik enters the matchup 7-2 in his last ten and 18-5 overall in dual matches this season. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year is also 3-4 against opponents ranked in the top-25. His opponent, Puget, was a part of the NCAA Team Tournament runner-up squad from UCLA. Puget lost the championship point yesterday in the decisive match, losing to Virginia's Mitchell Frank 6-0, 4-6, 5-7. Puget went 19-5 in dual matches this season.
Meanwhile, the Illini doubles tandem of No. 16 Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski clash with a Virginia duo fresh off of an NCAA team title. No. 4 Styslinger/Jenkins def. No. 42 Giron/Novikov 8-2 from UCLA to help obtain the doubles point yesterday. However, Thursday's encounter is not the first time the two doubles teams have met this year, as the Illinois pair downed the Cavaliers tandem 8-4 inside Atkins on March 17.
Be sure to come out to the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex and show your Illini support. Single-day tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for youth. Admission is free for children age two or younger. Groups of 10 or more can purchase single-day group tickets at $5 apiece by calling the Illinois Ticket Office at 866-Illini-1.