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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...

Illini men’s tennis freshman Vukic on the way back to Waco

Illini men’s tennis freshman Vukic on the way back to Waco

By Christopher Kennedy

May 5, 2015

Aleks Vukic stood surrounded by sound on Court 5 at Baylor’s Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center for the Illinois men’s tennis team’s first dual match of the season.  Fans were yelling, the Bears were heckling, and his teammates were cheering. As the freshman played the next point he looked over and ...

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

Illinois men’s tennis rotates sixth man

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

Illinois men’s tennis takes home Big Ten Championship

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 hosts Big Ten tournament for first time since 2005

Illinois men’s tennis hosts Big Ten tournament for first time since 2005

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...

Illini men’s tennis grabs No. 1 seed in Big Ten tournament

Illini men’s tennis grabs No. 1 seed in Big Ten tournament

April 21, 2015

The bracket for this week’s Big Ten tournament at the Atkins Tennis Center was released Sunday. The Illinois men’s tennis team is the No. 1 seed after taking a share of the regular season conference title.  The Illini’s first match is Friday morning at 10 a.m., against the winner of No. 8 Iowa...

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

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

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 ...

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

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

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...

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

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

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...

Illini men’s tennis sweeps Buckeyes

Illini men’s tennis sweeps Buckeyes

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...

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