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Illini men’s tennis blows out Michigan, Michigan State on roadtrip

Illinois' Blake Bazarnik reaches for the ball in an attempt to save it during the tennis game vs. Northwestern at Atkins Tennis Center on Feb. 20. 

By Christopher Kennedy

April 6, 2015

The Illinois men’s tennis team is still perfect in the Big Ten after two weekend wins in Michigan. The team defeated Michigan State 6-1 in East Lansing, Michigan, on Saturday afternoon and Michigan 4-0 on Sunday in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The two victories came with two more doubles point wins for the Illini...

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...

Illini men’s tennis sweeps Buckeyes

Illinois' Jared Hiltzik attempts a short return during the tennis game vs. Ohio State at Atkins Tennis Center on Sunday. Illinois won 4-0.

By Christopher Kennedy

March 30, 2015

The tide is turning for the Illinois men’s tennis team against the Ohio State Buckeyes. It’s been a one-sided rivalry between the Big Ten’s top two teams for the last few years, dominated by the Scarlet and Grey. But on Sunday, the No. 3 Illini swept the No. 11 Buckeyes for their second win over...

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 wins at Notre Dame for first time since 2005

Illinois’ Jared Hiltzik attempts to save a short ball during the tennis game vs. Northwestern at Atkins Tennis Center on Feb. 20. Hiltzik won twice on Saturday — once against Valparaiso and once against Notre Dame.

By Christopher Kennedy

March 2, 2015

The Illinois and Notre Dame men’s tennis teams see a lot of each other. The teams have played every year since 1974, and in each of the last 10 years, the home team has come out on top. That streak came to an end on Saturday, as the No. 3 Illini took down the No. 14 Irish in a back-and-forth match in...

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 ...

Illinois men’s tennis faces off against nation’s best

Illinois' Aleks Vukic returns the ball during the tennis game vs. Green Bay at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. The Illini won 4-0.

By Christopher Kennedy

January 29, 2015

Last year, the Illinois men’s tennis team’s first defeats of the year came in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, when the Illini faced Duke and North Carolina in back-to-back early-season dual meets. This year, the No. 8 Illini will face the No. 11 Blue Devils and the No. 6 Tar Heels at home...

Illini men’s tennis blows away Ball State and Wisconsin-Green Bay

By Christopher Kennedy

January 26, 2015

Last year, the Illinois men’s tennis team dominated at home, posting a perfect 13-0 record. On Friday, in their first home matches of the season, the Illini defeated Wisconsin-Green Bay 4-0 and Ball State 7-0. The Phoenix and the Cardinals are the reigning champions in their respective conferences, bu...

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...

Illinois men’s tennis comes back to beat Baylor

By Christopher Kennedy

January 22, 2015

The Illinois men’s tennis team started its dual meet season with a comeback win in Waco, Texas, on Wednesday. The Illini traveled to Texas to face Baylor, the team that eliminated them from the NCAA tournament last year and shut them out twice. This time the Illini fought back to win 4-3 after facing ...

Illini set for early-season battle with Baylor

Illinois' Tim Kopinski prepares to hit the ball back during the first round of NCAA Tennis Regionals against Ball State University at Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex on Friday, May 9, 2014. The Illini won 4-0.

By Christopher Kennedy

January 21, 2015

The Illinois men’s tennis team‘s season came to an end last year in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament. It fell 4-0 in only its second shutout loss of the season. Both of those losses came against the same team: the Baylor Bears. Baylor was a thorn in the Illini’s side last year. Led by two...

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