April 26, 2014
Site: East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Semifinals)
Score: #12 Illinois 4, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (16-12), ILL (22-7)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, April 29 -- NCAA Selection Show (NCAA.com), 5 p.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The sixth-seeded University of Michigan men's tennis team dropped the doubles point and the first three singles matches off the court in a 4-0 loss to second-seeded, and No. 12-ranked, Illinois in the semifinals of the Big Ten Conference Tournament on Saturday (April 26) at the MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
The Illini grabbed an early 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Illinois' No. 2 tandem of Farris Gosea and of Jared Hiltzik clinched the point, winning six of the first eight games on their way to an 8-4 victory over senior Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and freshman Kevin Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesa).
Facing a 1-0 deficit, U-M needed to rebound quickly in singles play, but the Illini won four of six first sets to take control of the match. Junior Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) fell to Blake Bazarnik, 6-3, 6-1, at the No. 4 spot to give Illinois a 2-0 lead. At No. 6, senior Barrett Franks (Christchuch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys' School) could not overcome Alex Jesse, as Jesse won 6-1, 6-3, pushing the Illini advantage to 3-0.
Illinois clinched the match from the No. 2 position, where Big Ten Athlete of the Year and 13th-ranked Gosea downed Bernstein, 6-3, 6-1.
The Wolverines now await their selection for the NCAA Tournament, which begins with first round action on either Friday, May 9, or Saturday, May 10. The NCAA Selection Show will be on Tuesday (April 29, 5 p.m. EDT) and can be watched on NCAA.com.
The following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- No. 111 Alex Petrone (U-M) vs. No. 8 Jared Hiltzik (Illinois), 6-3, 2-6 DNF
No. 2 -- No. 17 Farris Gosea (Illinois) def. Shaun Bernstein (U-M) , 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) vs. No. 56 Tim Kopinski (Illinois), 6-4, 3-2 DNF
No. 4 -- Blake Bazarnik (Illinois) def. Vlad Stefan (U-M), 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) vs. Ross Guignon (Illinois), 2-6, 5-2 DNF
No. 6 -- Alex Jesse (Illinois) def. Barrett Franks (U-M), 6-1, 6-3
No. 1 -- No. 32 Alex Buzzi/Barrett Franks (U-M) vs. No. 5 Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (Illinois), 7-5
No. 2 -- Farris Gosea/Jared Hiltzik (Illinois) def. Shaun Bernstein/Kevin Wong (U-M), 8-4
No. 3 -- Blake Bazarnik/Alex Jesse (Illinois) def. Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M), 8-6
Order of Completion: Doubles 3-2, Singles 4-6-2
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