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Big Ten Tournament Tennis Preview

Big Ten Tournament Tennis Preview

By Nithin Reddy, Staff Writer

April 25, 2019

On Friday, the Illini men’s tennis team will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where they’ll compete in the Big Ten Tournament. After an impressive 10-1 record in conference play, the Illini will attempt to claim the 2019 Big Ten Tournament title. Illinois enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed, ...

Kovacevic aces academics, athletics

Kovacevic aces academics, athletics

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

April 4, 2019

With a 7-5, 6-2 victory against Iowa Hawkeyes’ Kareen Allaf last Sunday, junior Aleks Kovacevic won his 12th consecutive singles match. So far, the Illini remains 12-0 since the start of 2019 and has defeated six ranked opponents during that stretch. He also remains undefeated against Big Ten opponents in h...

Illini fall to Wildcats, Tar Heels

Illini fall to Wildcats, Tar Heels

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

February 13, 2019

The No. 14 Illinois men’s tennis team clinched its third-straight dual victory of the spring Friday night, but suffered its first loss of the season Saturday at the Atkins Tennis Center. Illinois was on fire against Kentucky (4-3), and crushed the Wildcats 4-1 Friday night. However, the team’...

Illini gain momentum before Wednesday match

Illini gain momentum before Wednesday match

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

February 4, 2019

The No. 15-ranked Illinois men’s tennis team toppled Duke at home Friday night 6-1 in the team’s spring season opener. The Illini now move to 18-7 overall and lead the all-time series against the Blue Devils. Junior Aleks Kovacevic and sophomore Caleb Chakravarthi led the Illini with back-to-back 6-2 si...

Kovacevic shines in MLK Invitational

Kovacevic shines in MLK Invitational

By Nithin Reddy, Staff Writer

January 24, 2019

The Illinois men’s tennis team finished its action before the dual season starts by competing in the MLK Invitational in Atlanta. The tournament was one of the strongest of the season, but for head coach Brad Dancer, there’s still room for improvement. “We’re doing some good things and guys ...

Doubles matches pose different challenges

Doubles matches pose different challenges

By Nithin Reddy, Contributing writer

November 6, 2018

While singles matches often receive more attention, the doubles portion of competitions still have value, especially in the college game. Winning a match in doubles can make a difference when it comes to crowning a conference and even a national champion. Some consider doubles to be a completely d...

Kovacevic shines in ITA Midwest Regionals

Kovacevic shines in ITA Midwest Regionals

By Nithin Reddy, Contributing Writer

October 25, 2018

Over the weekend, the Illinois men’s tennis team competed in the ITA Midwest Regional at Notre Dame University and had its best showing of the year, punctuated by junior Aleks Kovacevic winning the men’s Singles Title. While Kovacevic and sophomore Caleb Chakravarthi struggled in doubles play, lo...

Squad splits in three to play nationwide

By Nithin Reddy, Contributing Writer

September 24, 2018

During the Illinois men’s tennis team’s first action-packed weekend of the year, the Illini split their squad into three tournaments: the Milwaukee Tennis Classic, the Oracle ITA Masters in Malibu, CA, and the Ivy Plus Invitational at Princeton University.  In the three tournaments, the Illini dealt w...

Soccer thrives, tennis and golf gear up

Soccer thrives, tennis and golf gear up

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

September 17, 2018

For the Illinois soccer, men’s golf and men’s tennis teams, the fall serves as a chance to shake the off-season rust. While the men’s tennis team starts up this coming weekend, the Illinois soccer and men’s golf teams are in full swing. Soccer Illinois soccer kicked off their regular Big Ten seaso...

Men finish second in Big Ten, women lose in semifinals

By Miles Powers-Huang, Assistant Sports Editor

April 30, 2018

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

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

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...

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