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Illinois men’s tennis ready for matches with NIU and UK

Illinois men’s tennis ready for matches with NIU and UK

Meghan Rest, Staff writer
February 24
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

After a week off, the No. 19 Illini are ready to face off against Northern Illinois and Kentucky in a double header at the Atkins Tennis Center on Friday. Illinois is 5-2 so far this season, with its most recent loss coming against No. 1 Virginia. The squad also boasts two top-30 ranked players, No....

Illinois men’s tennis splits Tuesday’s doubleheader

Illinois men’s tennis splits Tuesday’s doubleheader

Meghan Rest, Staff writer
February 16
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week Aleks Vukic scored Illinois’ lone point against No. 1 Virginia at a doubleheader Tuesday in Charlottesville, Virginia. Illinois swept William and Mary in the morning 4-0, but struggled against Virginia. The Cavaliers started off with doubles points and won the...

Illinois men’s tennis earns first Big Ten win against Indiana

Illinois men’s tennis earns first Big Ten win against Indiana

Meghan Rest, Staff writer
February 12
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

The Illinois men’s tennis team started conference play this weekend by breaking Indiana’s seven-match winning streak at home and later picking up a victory over Notre Dame. Illinois now has a 4-2. The Hoosiers took an early lead Friday night at the Atkins tennis center. Antonio Cembellin...

Illinois men’s tennis opens conference play Friday

Illinois men’s tennis opens conference play Friday

Meghan Rest, Staff writer
February 9
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

The Illinois men’s tennis team will conclude a three week home stretch on Friday as the team faces off against Indiana. Illinois has a season record of 2-2, while Indiana is 6-0 on the season with notable wins against Dartmouth, Ball State and Eastern Illinois. The Hoosiers most recent victory is a 5...

Illinois men’s tennis bounces back against Duke, falls to UNC

Illinois men’s tennis bounces back against Duke, falls to UNC

February 6
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

Although the Illinois men’s tennis team concluded this weekend with a loss to No. 7 North Carolina and a tied season record (2-2), Illinois' weekend highlight was a comeback victory against Duke. On Friday, the Illini found themselves down against Duke after falling in doubles competition i...

Illinois men’s tennis hopes to rebound from latest loss

Illinois men’s tennis hopes to rebound from latest loss

Meghan Rest, Staff writer
February 3
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

After defeating No. 25 Arkansas losing to No. 16 Oklahoma, the No. 17 Illinois men’s tennis team is ready for this weekend's action. The Illini will host Duke and North Carolina at the Atkins Tennis Center on Friday and Saturday in their home opener at 6 p.m. Head coach Brad Dancer said his team...

Men’s tennis team takes a swing at first dual match of the season

Men’s tennis team takes a swing at first dual match of the season

Meghan Rest, Staff writer
January 26
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

The No. 17 Illinois men’s tennis team will pay a visit to Norman, Oklahoma this weekend to take on No.19 Arkansas in its first dual match of the season. The Razorbacks and the Illini will face off in a tournament hosted by the University of Oklahoma. Arkansas is fresh off a stretch of home games, w...

Hiltzik earns title of Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week

Meghan Rest, Staff writer
January 23
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

Aron Hiltzik kicked off his junior season by being named Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week for the second time in his career. Hiltzik has received First, Second and Academic All-Big Ten honors throughout his career at Illinois and is currently ranked No. 29 in the Big Ten. He also snagged a runn...

Illinois men’s tennis serves up success at MLK Day Tournament

Illinois men’s tennis serves up success at MLK Day Tournament

Meghan Rest, Staff Writer
January 19
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

The Illinois men’s tennis team scored success at its season debut at the Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Atlanta. Junior Aron Hiltzik and freshman Aleks Kovacevic led the Illini in singles play, going undefeated during the weekend. “We have things to focus on in all areas but we fought hard...

Illinois men’s tennis begins season with MLK Invitational

Illinois men’s tennis begins season with MLK Invitational

Mike Gasick, Assistant sports editor
January 17
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

The Illinois men's tennis team kicked off its season with a trip to Atlanta to compete in the Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational. Columbia, Georgia Tech and Georgia all participated in the Invitational. The No. 17 Illini took on the No. 5 Bulldogs for their first match of the season. Juniors Aleks...

Aron Hiltzik takes fighter’s mindset to the tennis court

Aron Hiltzik takes fighter’s mindset to the tennis court

Meghan Rest, Staff writer
November 30
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

Illinois' Aron Hiltzik has always been a talented tennis player, but in order to reach where he is now, something had to change: his mindset. Instead of thinking like a tennis player, he is now thinking like an MMA fighter. “I’ve been using a bit of a motivator from MMA fighters,” Hiltzik...

Illinois recruits five-star and four-star for 2017

Illinois recruits five-star and four-star for 2017

Meghan Rest, Contributing writer
November 14
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

By now Illinois' 2017 signee Alex Brown is familiar with the chemistry on the men’s tennis team: He’s already faced off against one of his future teammates. In August, Brown fell to freshman Aleks Kovacevic in the quarter-qualifying round of the USTA B18 National Championships. But that match...

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