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Illini women's tennis goes 2-0 in Big Ten matchups

By Tim Griffin

April 3, 2016

tweet: #Illini go 2-0 over the weekend against Big Ten opponentsThe Illinois women’s tennis team continued its most recent hot streak, having won five straight matches after a 2-0 weekend. The Illini downed the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday evening, and then defeated fellow Big Ten counterpart Nebraska o...

Illini women's tennis notes from weekend in Lubbock

By Tim Griffin

January 28, 2016

Over the weekend, doubles partners junior Louise Kwong and freshman Ines Vias, along with the rest of the Illini women’s tennis team, took on Virginia Tech and Texas Tech. The doubles pair didn’t finish their first match against Virginia Tech, but were leading 5-4 at the end of the match.On Sunday...

Illini have momentum heading into men’s tennis regionals

Illinois' Julian Childers hits the ball during the match against No. 8 Texas at Atkins Tennis Center on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. The Illini won 4-3.

By Lucas Wright

October 20, 2015

Some members of the Illinois men’s tennis team will begin the road to nationals this weekend at the Midwest Regionals at Notre Dame.Leading the Illini into South Bend, Indiana, are redshirt junior Julian Childers and sophomore Aron Hiltzik, who are each coming off of strong performances.He won the Crusader Inv...

Hiltzik upsets No. 2 seed at All-Americans

Illinois' Jared Hiltzik swings for the ball during the second round of NCAA Men's Tennis Regionals v. Drake at Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Illinois won 4-2.

By Lucas Wright

October 11, 2015

With a loss by redshirt-junior Julian Childers in the fourth round of prequalifying at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Americans, the Illini were down to a lone wolf in the main draw: Aron Hiltzik.EJThe sophomore managed to maneuver through the first two rounds of the main draw, but he ultimat...

Illini men's tennis coach Brad Dancer has prolific past colleagues

Illinois' Brad Dancer observes a match during the tennis game vs. Green Bay at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. The Illini won 4-0.

By Lucas Wright

September 1, 2015

Becoming a Division I coach isn’t an easy thing to do without an impressive sports background.For some coaches, such as Illinois men’s tennis coach Brad Dancer, words on a résumé do not fully represent all that he has been a part of in the tennis world.Prior to professional coaching, Dancer pursued...

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...

Dream becomes reality for Illini women’s tennis’ Louise Kwong

Illinois’ Louise Kwong serves the ball during the match against Rutgers at Atkins Tennis Center, on April 5. 

April 22, 2015

Louise Kwong has grown up around tennis. The sophomore for the Illinois women’s tennis team started playing the game when she was five and began standing out around the age of 13 in her hometown of Toronto, Ontario. At that age she won the Canadian Nationals and placed fifth in the Junior Orange Bowl...

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 looks to continue undefeated Big Ten season in Michigan

Illinois' Aleks Vukic attempts to return the ball during the match against Ohio State at Atkins Tennis Center, on Sunday, March 29. The Illini won 4-0.

By Christopher Kennedy

April 2, 2015

The Illinois men’s tennis team handed Ohio State its first Big Ten regular season loss since 2005 last weekend. The Illini (17-3, 5-0 Big Ten) snapped the Buckeyes’ 97-dual match win streak in the Big Ten, and now hold the conference’s longest streak: 17 matches. Illinois will have a chance to build on tha...

Men’s tennis sends two to ITA championships

By Christopher Kennedy

October 2, 2014

While it’s early in the season, it’s time for the first national championship tournament of the year. The Illini men’s tennis team is in Tulsa, Okla., for the ITA Men’s All-American Championships. Jared Hiltzik is back after a quarterfinal appearance last year. Tim Kopinski will play in both the...

Illini coach of the year: men’s tennis’ Brad Dancer

Illinois Men's Tennis Head Coach, Brad Dancer talks to juniors Ryan Rowe, left, and Brandon Davis, right, during their doubles match against Duke at Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana on Friday, February 2. Illinois beat Duke 6-1.

May 14, 2014

Entering his ninth season as the men’s tennis head coach at Illinois, Brad Dancer was standing firmly at the crossroads of high expectations and glaring questions.  His roster possessed no seniors, but he did have the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Jared Hiltzik, returning and Second-Team All Big Te...

Illinois men’s tennis moves on to Sweet 16

May 11, 2014

With a win Saturday, Illinois head coach Brad Dancer has now led the Illini to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament seven times in his nine years at the helm. However, none of the past six will be nearly as sweet as this season's. The Illini beat Memphis 4-3 to seal a trip to Athens, Georgia.  The...

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