Four Illini to Compete at ITA Midwest Regionals
Oct. 16, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Fighting Illini men's tennis team will send four players to represent the Orange and Blue at the ITA Midwest Regionals starting Thursday. Tim Kopinski, Ross Guignon, Farris Gosea and Alex Jesse will all head to Columbus Ohio to earn a chance to go to the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 7-10. Regionals run Oct. 17-21 and is hosted by Ohio State at the Varsity Tennis Center.
Juniors Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon were given the No. 1 seed overall in the doubles draw. They will receive a first round bye before squaring off with the winner of the Oliveira/Appanervanda (ILL ST) vs. McCoy/Montoya (ND) match. Kopinski/Guignon are 5-3 on the fall season. They recently took home the doubles consolation crown at the ITA All-American Championships.
Farris Gosea and Alex Jesse will team up for the first time this year as they were awarded the eighth seed in the doubles bracket. The Illini duo are matched up against van der Vloet/Ford (CSU) in the first round. If they progress, they would tangle with the winner of the Kang/Cobos (IPFW) vs. Barnard/Fredericka (ND) match.
Tim Kopinski is the highest seed for Illinois in the singles bracket, drawing the No. 3 seed. His first round matchup is against Jakhongir Jalalov of Wisconsin. Kopinski is 6-3 so far this fall with accolades including the OFCC MVP award.
The Illini also got two more players seeded in the top-16 with No. 10 Farris Gosea and No. 14 Ross Guignon. Gosea, who is tied for the most wins on the team with seven, will square off with Big Ten foe Justin Rossi of Michigan. Meanwhile, Guignon, who is 3-1, will have to wait to see who qualifies to challenge him in the first round.
Last but certainly not least is the Illini's lone sophomore in the tournament Alex Jesse. The Mequon, Wis. native, who is 2-2 on the year, will also await his qualifying opponent.
For more information, visit Ohio State's tournament central page.