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Men finish second in Big Ten, women lose in semifinals

Men finish second in Big Ten, women lose in semifinals

By Miles Powers-Huang, Assistant Sports Editor

April 30, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis, Tennis, Women's Sports

After an opening-round victory over Minnesota, the Illinois women’s tennis team was unable to continue its winning ways, as it fell in the semifinals to Michigan. The Wolverines opened the match by securing the doubles point, as the sophomore duo of Lera Patiuk and Chiara Lommer defeated the Illin...

Illini crush Wolverines

Illini crush Wolverines

By Miles Powers-Huang, Assistant Sports Editor

April 9, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

WWhile it did not come easily, the Illinois men’s tennis team secured a 4-2 victory Saturday against Michigan. The Wolverines jumped out to an early lead, securing the doubles point after Harrison Brown and Alex Knight defeated Illinois’ freshman duo of Alex Brown and Caleb Chakravarthi, 6-3. The...

Illinois tennis takes down No. 15 Duke, No. 11 Florida at ITA Championships

Illinois tennis takes down No. 15 Duke, No. 11 Florida at ITA Championships

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

February 19, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

The No. 10-ranked Illinois men’s tennis team found itself in a familiar situation on Saturday at the ITA Championships in Seattle, Washington. The Illini had dropped their opener on Friday against No. 7 UCLA, having struggled to establish momentum early and losing the doubles point before ultima...

Men’s tennis takes down No. 23 California, falls to No. 5 Stanford

Men’s tennis takes down No. 23 California, falls to No. 5 Stanford

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

February 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

The weekend brought with it marquee matchups for the Illinois men’s tennis team. The Illini swept No. 23 California 4-0 on Friday, but were unable to replicate their success on Saturday, as the team was defeated 4-2 by No. 5 Stanford at Atkins Tennis Center. Against California, Illinois captured...

Men’s tennis splits the weekend

Men’s tennis splits the weekend

By Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor

February 5, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

Men’s tennis split the weekend with a win on Friday against Duke and a loss to No. 3 North Carolina 4-3 Saturday night. Freshmen duo Alex Brown and Caleb Chakravarthi continued their winning streak with a 6-3 win, and sophomores Zeke Clark and Aleks Kovacevic followed with a victory of their own to ...

Anderson’s US Open final appearance marks milestone for Illinois tennis

Anderson’s US Open final appearance marks milestone for Illinois tennis

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

September 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

Former Illini tennis player Kevin Anderson's unlikely run to the US Open final was significant in more ways than one. For starters, the 31-year-old South African native broke through for his first career Grand Slam final. That feat alone is impressive, and although Anderson has been successful...

Anderson’s U.S. Open performance will have a major impact on the tennis world

September 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

Kevin Anderson's run to the U.S. Open Final is hands down one of the greatest accomplishments by an Illinois athlete ever. The University has had great athletes go on to do great things in their respective sports, but none of their accomplishments — except Paralympian Tatyana McFadden's career domi...

Drake to take on Illinois in NCAA first round

Drake to take on Illinois in NCAA first round

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

May 4, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

For the Illinois men’s tennis team, last year’s campaign ended in the second round of the NCAA tournament against Mississippi State. This year, the Illini will look to improve on that season starting May 12 against Drake. The Bulldogs hail from Des Moines, Iowa, where they’ve been for 136 years....

Men’s tennis falls in Big Ten semifinals

Men’s tennis falls in Big Ten semifinals

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

May 1, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

In a span of two days, the Illinois men’s tennis team experienced an all-too-familiar swing of emotions. The Illini avenged their regular season loss to Purdue in the quarterfinals, but could not complete a season sweep of Michigan — losing in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. “We’ve...

Illinois men’s tennis team sets sights on Big Ten title

Illinois men’s tennis team sets sights on Big Ten title

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

April 27, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

The Big Ten tournament starts Thursday, but for the Illinois men’s tennis team, it doesn’t start until Friday. The Illini earned the third seed in the tournament, good enough for a first round bye, meaning they will await the winner of No. 6 seed Purdue and No. 11 seed Nebraska in the quarterfin...

Illini Of The Week: Aleks Vukic

Illini Of The Week: Aleks Vukic

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

April 26, 2017


Filed under Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

When Illinois men’s tennis head coach Brad Dancer first met Aleks Vukic, it wasn’t love at first sight. In fact, the first time Dancer ever saw Vukic play, he lost. “I watched (former Illini) Jared (Hiltzik) beat up on him pretty good,” Dancer said. “I gave him a business card and said ‘hey,...

Vukic beats No. 1 player; team falls to Ohio State

Vukic beats No. 1 player; team falls to Ohio State

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

April 24, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

The Illinois men’s tennis team looked ready to upset No. 2 Ohio State with the stands packed Sunday. The Illini were ready to go from the first serve, winning the doubles point behind strong performances from the doubles partners Aleks Vukic and Vuk Budic at the No. 2 spot and Gui Gomes and Aron Hil...

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