Monday, April 18, 2016

Atkins Summer Program Brochure Is Out

Check out the 2016 Atkins summer brochure at the following link so you can make your summer tennis plans! 




Find our spring and summer brochures here:
https://issuu.com/illiniathletics/docs/spring2016brochure-atkinstenniscent

Bantz Moves Up C-U Ladder

Michael Bantz rose one rung on the ladder earlier this month defeating Brant Houston, 6-3, 6-3. Bantz, who has been as high as #2 on the ladder at one point last fall, moved back up to third place forcing Houston down to fourth with the win.

The loss for Houston comes two days after defending his position on the ladder from Clark Brooks with a convincing 6-4, 6-0 victory. After snagging a break in the 8th game, Houston served out the first set for a hard-fought win. Taking advantage of his opponents frustration and inconsistency, he got the bagel in a set lasting less than 20 minutes.

The C-U Ladder is open to adult players of all ages and skill level. Learn more about the Champaign-Urbana Tennis Ladder and play more tennis today.


Current League Standings  

As of April 9, 2016

1  - D. Maloney
2  - T. Wilson
3  - M. Bantz
4  - B. Houston
5  - W. Smith
6  - D. Topkin
7  - P. Imoukheude
8  - C. Brooks
9  - T. Ellis
10 - P. Testa
11 - T. McAlpin
12 - C. Nerone
13 - M. Brenner
14 - P. Loechl
15 - J. Klug
16 - P. Hammie
17 - C. Chattic
18 - C. Gratkins
19 - S. Khan
20 - N. Ribeiro
21 - H. Wong
22 - S. Pickard
23 - S. Hohenwater


Recent Match Results  

As of April 9, 2016

April 9 - Bantz def. Houston, 6-3, 6-3
April 7 - Houston def. Brooks, 6-4, 6-0



You're Never Too Old To Start Playing The Pros


It's never too late to become a pro player. Just ask Gail Falkenberg, age 69, who started tennis as a walk-on at UCLA in the 1960s. Dropping out the sport to work for many years, she trained and hit the pro circuit at age 38. According the article in the link below, she won a qualifying match at the 1988 Australian Open and lost to Jennifer Capriati, who was 13 at the time.




Saturday, April 16, 2016

Hiltzik, Vukic Lead Illini In Conference Home Win

The Illinois men's tennis team improved to 16-7 on the season and 7-1 in Big Ten play after hosting Michigan State University on Friday, 4-0. The victory notched the eighth consecutive victory for the Illini who have not lost since March 22 against #18 Kentucky at the time.

The Fighting Illini jumped out to 1-0 lead after securing the doubles point for the eighth time in the last nine matches over the Spartans. MSU was looking for a win after losses to Wisconsin and Minnesota in the previous week.


Illini tennis player Aron Hiltzik
Aron Hiltzik hits a forehand shot Michigan State. Hiltzik picked up both the singles victory over Michael Dube and a doubles win with partner Aleks Vukic over Spartans' Mac Roy and Jasper Koenen.

Illini dynamic duo Brian Page and Julian Childers won their third straight match putting a 6-0 bagel on Billy Shisler and Ivan Rakic at #3 doubles. Later, Jared Hiltzik and Pengxuan Jiang defeated Michael Dube and Colin Harvey, 6-1, to give the Orange and Blue the doubles point.

With three nationally-ranked singles competitors on the roster, it didn't take long for Illinois to win the first of two matches this weekend.

Aron Hiltzik, ranked #70 nationally, extended his winning streak to eight matches after rolling over Spartans' Michael Dube, 6-2, 6-2.


Fighting Illini's Brian Page
Brian Page keeps the ball in play during a long second set rally against Ivan Rakic in the Illinois men's tennis team's home match against Michigan State. Page, a senior, defeated Ivan Rakic, 6-4, 6-2, and won his doubles match with Julian Childers over Billy Shisler and Rakic.

On the first 80ยบ day of the year and only the second outdoor match for the Illini, #4 ranked Aleks Vukic pummeled MSU's Mac Roy on the #1 singles court, 6-2, 6-4. The win keeps Vukic's conference record unblemished at 6-0 in Big Ten play.

Brian Page won his third straight singles contest sealing the deal for Illinois. He clinched the match for the Illini on court five defeating Ivan Rakic, 6-4, 6-2, in their #5 singles matchup.

The Lllini host Michigan on Sunday in their final home match of the season.

 
Results

Singles competition
1. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Mac Roy (MICHST) 6-2, 6-4
2. #70 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Michael Dube (MICHST) 6-2, 6-2
3. Julian Childers (ILL) vs. Jasper Koenen (MICHST) 5-7, 4-4, unfinished
4. Asher Hirsch (ILL) vs. Alexander Kim (MICHST) 6-2, 4-6, unfinished
5. Brian Page (ILL) def. Ivan Rakic (MICHST) 6-4, 6-2
6. Alex Jesse (ILL) vs. Colin Harvey (MICHST) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Mac Roy/Jasper Koenen (MICHST) 5-3, unfinished
2. Jared Hiltzik/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Michael Dube/Colin Harvey (MICHST) 6-1
3. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL) def. Billy Shisler/Ivan Rakic (MICHST) 6-0

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Ines Vias Post-Match Interview

Ines Vias Post-Match Interview - Indiana (4/8/16)

Ines Vias post-match interview following the #Illini's 5-2 win over No. 68 Indiana

Posted by Fighting Illini Women's Tennis on Saturday, April 9, 2016

Video Highlights From Illini Womens W Over Indiana

@IlliniWTennis vs. Indiana Highlights 4/8/16

Check out the highlights from the Illinois Women's Tennis victory over No. 68 Indiana last night! #Illini

Posted by Fighting Illini Women's Tennis on Saturday, April 9, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

#MohawkStrong

If you gonna play like one of the best team in the country, you gotta rock that look. Can't wait for them to bring back the mullet!


#mohawkstrong 󾇔#Illini

Posted by Fighting Illini Men's Tennis on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Champaign Tennis Ladder Resumes


    CU Tennis Ladder's #1 Dan Maloney
With the temperatures turning warmer over the past couple of weeks, the Champaign-Urbana Tennis Ladder officially kicked off its fourth "outdoor" season with three matches last month.

On March 20th, southpaw Tom Wilson defeated league founder and challenger Brant Houston, 6-0, 6-4. The pair squared off again on the hard court with Wilson again coming out of top on game better at 6-3, 6-0.

Returning to the ladder after a injury hiatus, Princess Imoukhuede looked to win her play-in match for the #5 spot against Dayne Topkin. Surviving Imoukhuede's challenge, the singles battle ended in 6-2, 6-2 victory for Topkin, who made a mad dash up the ladder at the end of the 2015 season up 10 rungs from #15 to #5.

Organized in January of 2012, the CU Tennis Ladder provides a pool of players for friendly, competitive tennis play.  So far, approximately 20 players are returning to action this spring to play their way to the #1 spot. While the majority of the group are rated at 3.5, the league open to players of all ages and abilities. Looking to play more tennis? Click here to learn more about the Champaign-Urbana Tennis Ladder and join the group today.


Current League Standings  

As of April 2, 2016

1  - D. Maloney
2  - T. Wilson
3  - B. Houston
4  - M. Bantz
5  - W. Smith
6  - D. Topkin
7  - P. Imoukheude
8  - C. Brooks
9  - T. Ellis
10 - P. Testa
11 - T. McAlpin
12 - C. Nerone
13 - M. Brenner
14 - P. Loechl
15 - J. Klug
16 - P. Hammie
17 - C. Chattic
18 - C. Gratkins
19 - S. Khan
20 - N. Ribeiro
21 - H. Wong


Recent Match Results  

As of April 2, 2016

March 31 - Topkin def. Imoukhuede, 6-2, 6-2
March 27 - Wilson def. Houston, 6-3, 6-0
March 20 - Wilson def. Houston, 6-0, 6-4
Feb. 8 - McAlpin def. Nerone 6-2, 3-6, 6-4