Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska men's tennis team (12-12, 3-6 Big Ten) slipped 6-1 in their senior day match against Illinois (18-7, 7-2 Big Ten) on Sunday at the Nebraska Tennis Center. The day started out gloomy due to the stormy weather and the Huskers weren't able to do anything to brighten it up against the Fighting Illini.
In doubles, Illinois' No. 5-ranked Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon scorched Nebraska's Bradford Zitsch and Brandon Videtich 8-3 at the No. 1 while fellow Fighting Illini No. 72-ranked Alex Jesse and Jared Hiltzik ousted the Huskers' Dusty Boyer and Marc Herrmann 8-6. The No. 3 doubles court match went unfinished.
In singles, Nebraska brought a point back at the No. 3 position where Tom Blackwell rolled past Illinois' No. 45-ranked Kopinski 6-2, 6-2 while the Fighting Illini's No. 11-ranked Farris Gosea dominated the Huskers' Herrmann 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 2 spot. At the No. 4 court, UI's Blake Bazarnik defeated NU's Andrew Dzulynsky 6-3, 6-4.
The match was decided at the No. 6 court where Illinois' Jesse outpaced Nebraska's Beau Treyz 6-2, 6-4. The remaining matches played through with UI's Brian Page outlasting NU's Vasileios Stavropoulos 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 at the No. 5 while fellow Fighting Illini No. 8-ranked Hiltzik defeated the Huskers' Boyer at the No. 1 court 7-6 (10-8), 6-3.
Next up for the Huskers is two road matches to end the regular season. Nebraska faces Penn State on Friday, April 18 at 3 p.m. in University Park, Pa. followed by a match against Ohio State on Sunday, April 20 at noon in Columbus, Ohio.
No. 62 Nebraska - 1
No. 11 Illinois - 6
1. No. 8 Jared Hiltzik (UI) def. Dusty Boyer (NU) 7-6 (10-8), 6-3
2. No. 11 Farris Gosea (UI) def. Marc Herrmann (NU) 6-2, 6-0
3. Tom Blackwell (NU) def. No. 45-ranked Tim Kopinski (UI) 6-2, 6-2
4. Blake Bazarnik (UI) def. Andrew Dzulynsky (NU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Brian Page (UI) def. Vasileios Stavropoulos (NU) 7-6 (9-7), 6-3
6. Alex Jesse (UI) def. Beau Treyz (NU) 6-2, 6-4
Order of finish (3, 2 4, 6, 5, 1)
1. No. 5 Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon (UI) def. Brandon Videtich/Bradford Zitsch (NU) 8-3
2. No. 72 Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (UI) def. Dusty Boyer/Marc Herrmann (NU) 8-6
3. Farris Gosea/Blake Bazarnik (UI) vs. Scott Elsass/Tom Blackwell (NU) DNF
Order finish (1, 2)