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  1. ClarkC

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    Do you realize that this is a tennis message board? What are these results, baseball or basketball?
     
  2. Satsuma Illini

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    Here is what Illinois has done in the last 20 years.


    1993: Didn't qualify
    1994: Didn't qualify
    1995: Didn't qualify
    1996: NCAA 1st Rd
    1997: NCAA 1st Rd
    1998: NCAA 1st Rd
    1999: Elite Eight
    2000: Elite Eight
    2001: NCAA 2nd round
    2002: Elite Eight
    2003: National Champions
    2004: Final Four
    2005: Sweet Sixteen
    2006: Sweet Sixteen
    2007: National Runner-Up
    2008: Sweet Sixteen
    2009: Sweet Sixteen
    2010: NCAA 2nd round
    2011: Sweet Sixteen
    2012: Sweet Sixteen

    So they've made at least the Sweet Sixteen in 12 of the last 14 years.
     
  3. Satsuma Illini

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    Looks like volleyball.
     
  4. tball2day

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    Thanks Satsuma, really interesting stuff. You are doing this team an amazing service.
     
  5. Satsuma Illini

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    It's been fun but time-consuming. Not sure if I'll be able to keep it up for long but it's great following the team and seeing everyone interested in them. Hope they have a good year this year.
     
  6. BRucks

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    Right you are, it is volleyball. My bad.
     
  7. Satsuma Illini

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    No worries. :wink: Go Illini!
     
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    Kevin Anderson goes down in his opening match, losing in the 2nd round of the Winston-Salem Open. This is his third straight loss now. Been hearing a bit how his knee is bothering him and that he's planning to have it checked after the Open. Hope he can bounce back.

    Anderson Updates
     
  11. Satsuma Illini

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    Former Illini DeHeart and wife and also former Illini Megan Fudge are into the mixed doubles semifinals at the U.S. Open Playoffs! Two more wins and they are in the main draw of the mixed.

    Deheart/Megan in Mixed Playoff Semifinals
     
  12. Satsuma Illini

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    Michigan head coach (former Illinois coach) Berque made some good observations about the other chnages the NCAA is proposing. It looks like we saved the sport but now we have to save the tennis athlete. These changes could be brutal.

    Hey NCAA! Ever Play Tennis?
     
  13. Satsuma Illini

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    Illinois has finished resurfacing the tennis courts. Not sure about the color scheme though. Outside of the lines looks baby blueish, not a great color in any way. Maybe it helps see the ball better but I wonder if there wasn't a better color combination. Maybe it'll look better in person and in other pics.

    Illinois resurfaces tennis courts
     
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    Which courts will be used durning the NCAA? Will they compete only on the courts on the east side of the building or will they use the courts on the west side, too? What is the plan for additional seating for the tourney?
     
  15. Satsuma Illini

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    I heard they were supposed to have everything done by the end of summer but Coach Dancer said in an interview that it was running behind schedule. Haven't heard after that. I'm sure they'll be working on it until the last minute before the championships in May.
     
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    The courts should be crimson:twisted:
     
  17. Satsuma Illini

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    Sacrilege! :evil:
     
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    Ruben Gonzales wins his 3rd Futures title this year in Germany!

    Germany F15
     
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    Former Illini Ram and Comeback kid Baker escape a match point and defeat Martin Emmerich/Igor Sijsling 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(3) to advance to the 2nd round.

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  21. Satsuma Illini

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    Anderson goes down to #4 Ferrer in the 1st round. Disappointing summer for him ends. Ram vs. Steve Johnson coming up soon!

    Illini in the US Open
     
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    Sad showing by the former Illini today. Anderson gets all of 3 break pints and converts none, but even worse, Ram has 12 break points and converts one. Wow...

    Illini in the US Open
     
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    Illini freshman Jared Hiltzik played in the US Open juniors today. lost to third seed Quinzi of Italy. Kept it close at the end but couldn't pull it out. Still, great job getting that far!

    Illini in the US Open
     
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    Why can't Illinois recruit some decent players like Novikov ? UCLA seem to have found a diamond in sea of sand
     
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    Why can't Stanford recruit some top notch players?
     
  27. Satsuma Illini

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    Probably the only time I'll respond to something like this, but I just want to say that I'm not going to get into "discussions" like this. You can keep amusing yourself if you want.
     
  28. Satsuma Illini

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    Kind of interesting to see Ruben Gonzales teamed up with Ohio State's Blaz Rola in Austria this week. They're the third seeds. Gonzales has won his Futures events with a different partner the last two weeks so it will be interesting to see how these two play together.

    Austria F9
     
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    Oh yeah, that's why UCLA fans are hoping he goes pro. Even if he was interested, Illinois probably wouldn't take him, as the many others that declined. Being good doesn't override the other crap.
     
  30. Satsuma Illini

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    For 2013 recruits, I've seen that George Goldhoff and Jack Murray, both blue chips, have expressed interest in coming to Illinois. Both are in the top 15 in this year's class so it would be great to see one or both come to Illinois.

    2013 Prospects
     
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    Can you elaborate on what you mean by this ?
     
  32. Satsuma Illini

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    Ruben Gonzales and Blaz Rola have made it to the semifinals of the Austria Futures. Barely made it out of the quarters but they made it. 2nd seeds up next.

    Update: And they beat the second seeds as well! Into the finals.

    Austria Futures
     
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    The first ITA rankings are out! As expected, the Illini have a lot to prove this year.

    ITA Rankings released
     
  34. Satsuma Illini

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    The ITA announced their selections for the All-American Championships. From the Illini, Gosea is in the main draw, Abdelnour and Hoh are in qualifying, and Guignon and Kopinski are in pre-qualifying. In doubles, Gosea and Hiltzik are in the qualifying. Go Illini!

    Illini All-American Selections
     
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    Former Illini Ruben Gonzales and present Buckeye (soon to be former?) Blaz Rola teamed up and won the Austrian Futures doubles tournament! They were seeded third and almost lost in the quarters (10-8 tiebreaker) but then ran right over the #2 and #1 seeds to take the title. Rola is also in the singles final.

    Austrian F9 Futures
     
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    Satsuma,
    I enjoy your updates on this. What is your best guess as to the lineup for next year? Probably not much difference between 1-6, right?
     
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    Will have to wait and see how the guys play in the fall but right now:

    1. Abdelnour (he had a not-so-great summer though)
    2. Hoh (he could be switched back and forth with Abdelnour)
    3. Gosea (he does have the ATP ranking, ITA ranking and is the ITA Summer champion but still not No. 1 caliber I think)
    4. Kopinski
    5. Guignon (had to take the summer off from an injury but back at it, will be playing in the All-American pre qualifying so anxious to see how he'll do)
    6. Hiltzik (our No. 1 recruit. Not sure where Dancer will start him, maybe as high as No. 3)

    Page, Childers, and Jesse could be used in doubles. Page might show up in No. 6 singles sometimes.

    That's my best guess. I think it's going to be a rough year but who knows. They might surprise.
     
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    Hiltzik might be there best player but I don't think starting a freshman at 1 would be smart. I think Hoh and Hiltzik are their best two players.
     
  39. Satsuma Illini

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    If I remember right, Nevolo was playing at No. 1 sometimes during his freshman season. But I agree. I would rather see Hiltzik work his way up the positions first.
     
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    Where was Gosea last year?
     
  41. Satsuma Illini

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    Gosea was a sometimes No. 6 and usually No. 3 doubles with Hoh.
     
  42. Satsuma Illini

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    Illini in the pros this week:

    Rowe and Nevolo are playing in the USA F24 in Claremont this week. Rowe is teamed up with Daniel Nguyen again. The qualifying tournament had a draw of 123 players. wow

    Ram and Roelofse are/were playing in the ATP Challengers in Istanbul. Ram seeded #2 in singles.

    Challenger Istanbul

    USA F24 Futures Claremont
     
  43. Satsuma Illini

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    The Fighting Illini Invitational starts Friday. California, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Pepperdine and Texas will join Illinois for a 3-day tournament. This year's teams are loaded so the Illini have their work cut out for them. Go Illini!

    Fighting Illini Invitational
     
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    At the USA F24 Futures in Claremont, California, Both Rowe/Nguyen and Nevolo/Andrews have advanced to the doubles semifinals. In the singles, Rowe won and Nevolo lost their 1st round matches.

    Illini in the USA F24

    Update: Rowe lost to #2 seed Kosakowski in the second round, and Rowe/Nguyen and Nevolo/Andrews both lost in super tiebreakers in the semifinals.
     
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  45. Satsuma Illini

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    Kevin Anderson put out an open letter explaining his decision to not play Davis Cup. It's a good read and explains how tough it is for a player to commit to Davis Cup.

    Kevin Anderson's Open Letter
     
  46. Satsuma Illini

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    At the Illini Invitational in Illinois, the Illini went up against players from California, Kentucky, Pepperdine and Texas. They went 4-2 in singles and 2-4 in doubles. Hoh went 4-0 today. New Illini Hiltzik played a good match against #3 Fanselow. More tomorrow.

    Fighting Illini Invitational
     
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    lol... internet forums, you often read the most misinformed things on it sometimes. plenty of schools wanted novikov. the ONE school that novikov wanted did not have room for him. if you want to know what's up, just ask novikov or any ucla player at the next futures or college tournament that you see them at. As for UCLA fans liking novikov, everyone has even prior to his Kzoo and US Open successes. That is pretty much why there was never a question of him going pro except for whenever I read it on this message board. novikov loves ucla, the fans like him back and he has unfinished business to take care of at ncaa's this year are all reasons why he is still playing college tennis.
     
  48. Satsuma Illini

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    Day two of the Illini Invitational

    Five Illini won but Freshman Hiltzik was the only one who won both of his matches. He's going to be good!

    Illini Invitational
     
  49. Satsuma Illini

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    Illini Invitational
    Overall a rough tournment for the Illini. Doubles was good (7-2) but singles was pretty dismal at 9-18. Still early in the season but looks like it's a to be an "interesting" season.

    Illini Invitational
     
  50. Satsuma Illini

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    Former Illini Rowe and Nevolo are in Costa Mesa Futures, Roelofse made it to a Challengers main draw in Turkey, and Ram is playing in the ATP ST. Petersburg Open in Russia. He's the top seed in doubles there. Go Illini!

    Illini on Tour
     

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