Three Illinois freshmen are making a big impact for the third-ranked Illini men's tennis team. Aleks Vukic, Toshiki Matsuya and Aron Hiltzik have all been in the lineup this season and have a combined 28-6 dual record.
The Illinois women's tennis team topped Marquette 5-2 Sunday afternoon at Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana. The Illini also beat Chicago State 6-1 Sunday evening.
URBANA, Ill. - The Hiltzik brothers have each been playing tennis since about age two. Even though they're two grades a part it makes for plenty of good stories. "We once played each other in a local tennis tournament, and my mom told him to tank the second set so I would win," said Aron, a freshman at Illinois. H"e beat me 7-6 in the third set so it was pretty funny." "I won the first set, and my mom told me to lose the second set," older brother Jared recalls. "I started crying and everything because I didn't want to do that because I was very competitive at that young of an age."
ATHENS, Ga. (UI Release) - There's only been one team this year who was able to shutout #12 Illinois men's tennis this season, and that one team struck again in the Round of 16. #5 Baylor stopped the Illini's NCAA Tournament run after a 4-0 victory on Friday in Athens, Ga. The Illini end 2014 with a 24-9 overall record on Brad Dancer's seventh trip to the Sweet 16 in his ninth year at the helm.
The Illinois men's tennis team is heading to the NCAA Championships in Athens, Georgia after coming back to beat Memphis 4-3 Saturday. Illini head coach Brad Dancer sits down in studio to talk about his team's comeback.
The 12th-ranked Illinois men's tennis team trailed 3-0 to Memphis in the second round of the NCAA tournament Saturday, but the Illini rallied to win the match, 4-3.
URBANA, Ill. (UI Release) - The Fighting Illini men's tennis team remained undefeated in first round action of the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 shutout over Ball State, moving to 16-0 since the tournament opened to a 64-team field in 1999. As a result of the Orange and Blue earning its 19th straight victory over Ball State, the Illini will now meet No. 22 Memphis on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT.
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois men's tennis team will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex this weekend. The Illini are the No. 12 seed in the field, and WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more as they prepare to make another deep run in the postseason.
URBANA, Ill. (UI Release) - On Wednesday night, the NCAA Division I men's tennis subcommittee announced Jared Hiltzik and Farris Gosea to the upcoming NCAA singles tournament, while the team of Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon will be representing the Illini in the doubles tournament. Hiltzik, Kopinski and Guignon all received All-American honors for the first time in their careers after earning a ranked seed in their respective tournaments. The trio become the 25th, 26th and 27th All-Americans in Illinois history and will compete in their second straight singles/doubles tournaments.
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois men's tennis team will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament next week. Atkins Tennis Center has been a place where the 12th-ranked Illini have had a ton of success this season. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on one of the biggest reasons behind that home court advantage.
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois men's tennis team learned it's NCAA Tournament draw Tuesday afternoon. Illinois earned the No. 12 seed in the tourney, and they will host first and second round matches at Atkins Tennis Center. Illinois (22-8) will open up against Ball State, and if they advance they would play the winner of Memphis & Drake.
URBANA, Ill. - Illinois junior Farris Gosea was named Big Ten Men's Tennis Player of the Year Thursday night. Gosea went undefeated (10-0) in Big Ten singles matches this year becoming Illinois' first Player of the Year since Kevin Anderson in 2007. Gosea was joined on the all-conference first team by his Illinois teammates Jared Hiltzik and Tim Kopinski.
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois men's tennis team will be the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament this weekend, and their success this season has been thanks in large part to junior Farris Gosea. Gosea hasn't lost a Big Ten singles match all year. His recruitment to Illinois was anything but ordinary, and WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten has more on the leap of faith it took to get him to the U of I.
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois men's tennis team is red hot heading into the Big Ten Tournament this weekend in East Lansing, Mich. The Orange and Blue will be the No. 2 seed, and they are riding a seven game winning streak. From top to bottom, Illinois is playing some of their best tennis of the year, and they will need it as the competition gets even tougher.
The Illinois men's tennis team beat Michigan 5-2 Sunday afternoon at Atkins tennis center in Urbana.
URBANA, Ill. - The No. 11 Fighting Illini men's tennis team moved its Big Ten record to 4-2 after a dominant 6-1 win over the visiting Michigan State Spartans Friday afternoon at the Atkins Tennis Center. More impressively, the Orange and Blue remain undefeated at home, now with an 8-0 mark.
The Illinois women's tennis team beat Penn State 6-1 Saturday morning at Atkins Tennis Center in Champaign.
Illinois softball sweeps UIC, Loyola. Men's tennis upsets No. 8 Texas A&M; Women's gymnastics falls to No. 6 Michigan
Illini men's tennis rallies past Notre Dame
The Illinois men's tennis team qualified for next month's national indoor championships with two wins last weekend over Clemson and Michigan. It will be the first time since 2010 they have advanced to indoor nationals, and the No. 22 Illini say it will be a good chance to test themselves against the nation's best early in the spring season.
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Former Illini Dennis Nevolo fell in the semifinals of the JSM Challenger on Friday evening at the Atkins Tennis Center. Nevolo, who advanced the furthest in the Challenger series in his young professional career at the event, lost to seventh-seeded Sam Groth of Australia, 7-6(5), 6-4.
Former Illini Dennis Nevolo rallied past Joshua Milton to reach the semifinals of the Illinois Challenger at Atkins Tennis Center Thursday night. Nevolo lost the first set 6-3, but answered to win the second and third sets 6-1 and 7-6 respectively. This is the furthest Nevolo has ever advanced in a tournament in his professional career.
Matt Bollant, Mike Small, Kim Landrus, Justin Spring & Brad Dancer talk about signing their latest recruiting classes.
Illini star falls to Australia's John-Patrick Smith 6-3, 7-5
On Friday, Fighting Illini senior Allison Falkin and junior Melissa Kopinski both picked up preseason national rankings and invitations to the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships. The tournament starts on Sept. 28 in Westwood, Calif., and moves to Pacific Palisades, Calif., after the pre-qualifying round.
Illinois junior Tim Kopinski is hitting the pro tennis courts this summer. He is hoping the chance to go against some of the world's best up-and-comers will help take his game to the next level when he starts his junior year at the U of I. Kopinski entered both the singles and doubles draw at the Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic in Decatur this week. He lost his singles match Wednesday morning in straight sets, but he has high hopes for a big junior year. He was second on the team in wins last year, earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors, and competed in the NCAA Doubles Championship.
Illini tennis junior Tim Kopinski catches up with WCIA's Austin Kim at the Ursula Beck Tennis Classic.
Jared Hiltzik exploded onto the scene for the Illinois tennis team last year. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and he is competing in Decatur this week hoping to take his game to the next level. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten has more on how he is using this local tournament to help fine-tune his game.
Illini Rachael White and Melissa Kopinski lost to USC in the NCAA tennis doubles Elite eight 6-2, 6-0.
White/Kopinski win opener in straight sets
Illini freshman wins three-set marathon
Former Illinois tennis coach Craig Tiley always dreamed of hosting the NCAA Tennis Championships at the U of I. He played a big part in getting it in Urbana this year. Even though he's moved on, it's special for him to see it finally happen.
The 2003 Illinois men's National Championship tennis team was honored at NCAA's Saturday. It's the ten year anniversary of that team who was undefeated with an NCAA team title, individual NCAA champion, doubles champion, coach of the year, and assistant coach of the year.
UI duo will compete for NCAA Doubles Championship
Illini advance to 2nd round of NCAA Tournament
Illini senior enjoying uncommon success
The Illinois men's tennis team heads to the NCAA Tournament this week and if they win twice, they'll advance to the sweet 16. Illinois is hosting the round of 16 and beyond in the NCAA Championships this season.
Trio will represent Illini in singles, doubles draws
Illini doubles team will compete for national title
Dancer's squad travels to Nashville for rounds 1, 2
Kopinski named to second team
Big Ten postseason awards announced
Illini beat Michigan St. 4-1
Falkin emerging as do-it-all leader
Freshman named Big Ten Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week
The Illinois men's tennis team defeated Purdue 5-2, while the women's tennis team lost to Purdue 5-2.
The Illinois men's tennis team defeated Indiana 6-1 on senior day. The women's tennis team defeated Indiana on the road 4-3.
Hiltzik went 4-0 last week
Men fall at home, women win on road