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Illinois men’s tennis rookies bring energy, diversity

By Lucas Wright

August 25, 2015

Two new faces have sprung onto the scene for the Illinois men’s tennis team this season.Freshmen Asher Hirsch of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Pengxuan Jiang of Tian Jin, China, are two new candidates to play key roles for the Illini.The freshmen will have large shoes to fill considering the team lost fou...

Illinois men’s tennis continues season in Waco

By Christopher Kennedy

May 10, 2015

By Chris KennedyStaff writerThe Illinois men’s tennis team started the spring season with a big win in Waco, Texasmp.The Illini hope the season ends with a few more — they are headed to Baylor for the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Championships. Their Round of 16 match is a rematch of one of their biggest wins of t...

Illinois men’s tennis rotates sixth man

The Fighting Illini men's tennis team take a picture together as champions after the Big Ten Men's Tennis Tournament final against Ohio State at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex, on Sunday. The Illini won 4-0.

April 28, 2015

This weekend brought the Illinois men’s tennis team a Big Ten championship. It also brought the return of senior Ross Guignon and freshman Toshiki Matsuya to the singles court. Matsuya hasn’t seen action since March 29. While Guignon has been contributing on the doubles court with freshman partner Ar...

Illinois men’s tennis takes home Big Ten Championship

The Fighting Illini men's tennis team sing

April 27, 2015

It all came down to Aron Hiltzik. Leading 5-4 with the serve and a deuce advantage, he took a moment to settle himself before one last game against Ohio State’s Hunter Callahan. Hiltzik outdueled Callahan from the baseline and threw down his hat in celebration as the Illinois men’s tennis team swa...

Illinois men’s tennis aims to complete perfect Big Ten Season

Illinois’ Farris Gosea makes a return during the tennis game vs. Iowa at Atkins Tennis Center on Saturday. Illinois seeks to finish the Big Ten regular season undefeated.

By Christopher Kennedy

April 16, 2015

The Illinois men’s tennis team is two matches away from its first undefeated Big Ten regular season since 2005. All that’s left on the conference slate for Illinois (21-3, Big Ten 9-0) is a showdown with one of the Big Ten’s top teams in Minnesota (17-6, Big Ten 8-1) on Friday and a match-up with a ...

Bazarnik returns for Illinois men’s tennis

Illinois' Aleks Vukic goes for the smash during the tennis game v. Iowa at Atkins Tennis Center on Saturday, April 11. Illinois won 6-1.

By Christopher Kennedy

April 14, 2015

Senior Blake Bazarnik picked up the clinching win for the Illinois men’s tennis team on Sunday’s Senior Day and could be a big part of the Illini’s postseason plans. While Bazarnik did not play at all in the fall and has not played every match for the Illini this spring, he has been back in the l...

Illinois men’s tennis celebrate Senior Day with a 4-0 victory

By Christopher Kennedy

April 13, 2015

It was Senior Day on Sunday for the Illinois men’s tennis team during their match against Nebraska. Two of the team’s freshman phenoms were key to a 4-0 Illini victory, but one of the day’s honorees clinched the victory. Blake Bazarnik took down the Huskers’ Bradford Zitsch 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) in...

Illinois men’s tennis wins first two of Texas trip

Illinois’ Tim Kopinski saves a ball during a match vs. Northwestern on Feb. 20. Kopinski didn’t play this weekend because the Illini were trying out new doubles teams.

By Christopher Kennedy

March 16, 2015

The Illinois men’s tennis team is tearing it up on its “March Through Texas” trip. The No. 4 Illini defeated two top-10 teams in two days over the weekend, beating No. 9 Texas 4-2 on Saturday and No. 8 Texas A&M 4-2 on Sunday. Even without usual-No. 1 singles player Farris Gosea, who was suspen...

Illinois men’s tennis starts fast with two weekend win

By Christopher Kennedy

February 9, 2015

The Illinois men’s tennis team played better doubles and started faster this weekend in two victories, a 7-0 sweep over No. 27 Kentucky and a 6-1 win over No. 51 Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. The Illini went 4-0 in doubles and led the in two uncompleted matches, while taking 9-of-12 first sets on th...

Improving doubles key for Illinois men’s tennis

By Christopher Kennedy

February 5, 2015

Despite completing a thrilling comeback win over then-No. 6 North Carolina Saturday night, Illinois men’s tennis head coach Brad Dancer said that the team still has a lot of work to do. In its three dual meets against top-15 teams, No. 5 Illinois has dropped the doubles point every time and compiled ...

Home court advantage key for Illini men’s tennis

By Christopher Kennedy

January 24, 2015

After a thrilling road win in Waco on Wednesday, the Illinois men’s tennis team is back in Champaign for its first home meets of the school year at Atkins Tennis Center. The Illini (1-0)will face two reigning conference champions in the Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix of the Horizon League and the Bal...

Illini tennis hosts JSM Challenger, featuring Illini and pros alike

Illinois’ Farris Gosea returns the ball during a doubles match at the JSM ATP Challenger Tournament hosted by the Atkins Tennis Center in Champaign on Wednesday.

By Christopher Kennedy

November 13, 2014

The Illinois men’s tennis team’s fall season is officially over after Indoor Nationals last weekend, but fall competition isn’t over yet for many members of the team. This week and last week, the Atkins Tennis Center has been host of tennis pros from around the world for the JSM Challenger of Cham...

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