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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...

Twin peaks: Kopinskis leave behind a mountain of achievements

Twin peaks: Kopinskis leave behind a mountain of achievements

By Christopher Kennedy

April 30, 2015

“Not again.” That’s what went through Tim Kopinski’s head when his twin sister Melissa decided to join him to play tennis at Illinois. Through junior tennis and high school, Tim had always been “Melissa’s brother” — constantly overshadowed by his sister. Tim would come home beaming wit...

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 hosts Big Ten tournament for first time since 2005

Illinois’ Aron Hiltzik makes a return during team’s 6-1 winning game against Iowa at Atkins Tennis Center on April 11.

April 23, 2015

The Illinois men’s tennis team almost completed a perfect Big Ten season last weekend. Now, it’ll have to run the conference gauntlet again as it hosts the Big Ten Tournament from Thursday to Sunday. The Illini last won the tournament title in 2012. With a win over Wisconsin on April 19, the Illini clinche...

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...

Illini men’s tennis returns home to defend perfect conference record

Illinois’ Aron Hiltzik attempts a return during the tennis game vs. Ohio State at Atkins Tennis Center on March 29. Illinois looks to continue flawless play this weekend.

By Christopher Kennedy

April 9, 2015

The Illinois men’s tennis team remains perfect in conference play after two wins in Michigan, and returns home to face Iowa on Saturday and Nebraska on Sunday. The No. 3-ranked Illini (19-3, 7-0 Big Ten) are entering the weekend on a four-match winning streak. They haven’t lost a home match since Janua...

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...

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 ...

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...

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