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  1. jaggy

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    Different colors would improve it, more cream and crimson. :twisted:
     
  2. Satsuma Illini

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    Them's fightin' words! Orange and Blue! :)
     
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    Yes, Virginia orange and blue would make it look much classier. :)
     
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    LOL :) Nothing beats Illinois Orange and Blue!

    Added some blue!
     
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  5. Satsuma Illini

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    Kevin Anderson (former Illini) and John Isner (former UGA Bulldog) are playing doubles together at the Madrid Masters! Should be interesting!

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    Tough to hit a lob over them
     
  7. Satsuma Illini

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    Lost in the first round 6-4, 7-6(4). Hope they try it again.
     
  8. Satsuma Illini

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    Questions about doubles

    This is a question for all the experts out there. On January 22, Illinois played Notre Dame. In the doubles matches, Illinois put out only two teams and forfeited the third doubles match. They actually won both doubles to take the point and the match 4-3. Kalmanovich, Abdelnour and Hoh did not play in the doubles matches but played in the singles. Abdelnour won, Hoh lost in a 3-set match and Kalmanovich went down easily. Not sure if injury played a part or not.
    Have you ever seen a team field only two doubles teams when they had the players to put a team out there. It seems I remember seeing it before but that was because of injury and they were not able to field three teams. It seemed very strange and no one ever gave any explanation for it. Or I didn't hear about one.
    It's amazing they won that match.

    Illinois-Notre Dame
     
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    The explanation at the time was that the coach was ticked off at the effort in doubles from certain players, so he only put out the players who were making 100% effort in practice and in matches, to send a message to the others.
     
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    To follow up on that question, when I played collegiate tennis back in the dark ages, we played 6 singles and 3 doubles and they all counted, best of 9 mind you and you didn't have to play the same players in doubles as you did in singles. Is that still the case or must the doubles teams be comprised of the same singles players, because if not, why didn't Dancer let some bench players gain experience at 3rd doubles rather than no team?
     
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    You can play anyone from the roster in doubles. Dancer only has seven players on the roster. Apparently, he only thought four of the seven were putting out effort in doubles. That leaves no "bench players" available for the third doubles team.
     
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    Thanks. That sounds like what we've been hearing all season. We were lucky to get away with a win on that one.
     
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    Solid win for the Illini against Western Michigan but today's match against Auburn is going to be tough. Can go either way.

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    My Orange Kool Aid-Fueled Predictions for the Illini-Trojans match up. Remember that it is orange kool aid-induced!:)

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    Good luck, I typically root agains big 10 rivals (I have never bought into the cheer for your conference thing) but I lived in socal peviously and cant stand the spoiled children so all the best.
     
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    Not much respect from the Tennis Channel today. I was watching the Rome Masters and the scrolling info on the bottom of the screen started listing upcoming NCAA matches, like this:

    Men's NCAA 3rd round: (1) USC vs. Auburn .....
     
  17. Satsuma Illini

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    LOL! Well, the school colors are the same so maybe they got confused....:)
     
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    Thanks. We are going to need every ounce of luck and net cords go our way.
     
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    Elite 89 Award

    Abdelnour wins the NCAA Elite 89 Award! It is given to the athlete in the NCAA 16 with the highest GPA. Congratulations Bruno!

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    Yeah, I saw that earlier. Was gonna add it to my site. Nice!

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    In a radio interview today, Nevolo said the Illini are calling themselves the "Band of Seven." Gonna be interesting to see how the "Band of Seven" can go up against USC.

    Go Illini!
     
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    Seems like the Illini let themselves get psyched out in both singles and doubles. Just one of the reasons USC moves on and Illinois goes home.

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    A couple of hours ago, Tennis Channel rolled the scores on the screen:

    (1) USC 4 - Auburn 0

    Let Auburn take the loss, I guess.
     
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    LOL. Someone's in denial maybe.
     
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    So, Blake Bazarnik is transferring from Vanderbilt to Illinois? Big news for Illinois, Anyone who can make their top 6 will be welcome, I would imagine, with Nevolo and Kalmanovich graduating.
     
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    There had been some rumors about it but it was "confirmed" in an IlliniHQ article yesterday. He's formerly from Illinois so it makes sense. He had a rough year so maybe Dancer can help him. There are also some rumors about a couple more but no names yet.
     
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    Kalmanovich lost to top seed 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the NCAA Championships, while Dennis Nevolo defeated Jaime Pulgar of NC State 6-1, 6-3.

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    Nevolo faces Blaz Rola twice today. First in the singles round of 16. Then Nevolo and Kalmanovich team up to face the top-seeded Rola and Chase Buchanan in the 2nd round of the doubles tournament. Both matches are gonna be tough.

    Good luck, Illini!

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    Many thanks for all the memories and good luck to Nevolo and Kalmanovich in their future endeavors!

    Dennis and Roy
     
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    Illini add 5 star recruit, Julian Childers to their recruiting list. Played in the state finals today for singles but lost
     
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    Good pick up. IL state high school meet was really weird. Childers beat his QF opponent 6-0, 6-0. Probably a bad matchup, but still. By the QFs of IL state meet, we're talking very good players. Then Childers himself loses 6-1, 6-2 in the final. Again, it happens. But, it's still weird to see players come this far, win six rounds, and then have one completely outclass the other.
     
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    Former Illini Kevin Anderson is seeded No. 31 in the French Open and has made it to the third round. He escaped 4 match points in the first round. He'll face No. 7 Tomas Berdych June 1, 5 am ET.

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    I saw the Childers-Ma match. It was every bit as lopsided as the double bagel scoring line suggests. Ma couldn't touch his forehand, and even when Toby had position, Childers would just fire groundstrokes that seemed to dip at the net and Ma couldn't get them back. Based on what I saw, he was the best player at the state meet. I was pretty surprised when I looked at the score of that title match. Still, I think Childers has tremendous potential. When he is on his game, it's really smooth. He just needs to figure out how to hit those strokes against players with equally complete games. He'll have plenty of time to figure that out in college.
     
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    My Illini site has been up for a month. Surprised by all the hits it's been getting. Now that the NCAAs are over, I can tinker with it some more. Let me know if you Illini fans have any suggestions.

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    Anderson leads No. 7 Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)! One more set!

    Let's go Kevin!
     
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    Valient effort from Anderson
     
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    Yes it was. He almost had him. He's never beaten Berdych so I thought he did great.
     
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    #59 Julian Childers who made a verbal commitment says he may redshirt next year.

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    Do you have any idea why? To develop his game, or academic issues, or injury, or something else?
     
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    I haven't seen anything about any injuries, so I'm guessing it's to develop his game. Or maybe the player from South Carolina is planning to commit to Illinois so it will affect how Coach Dancer lines his team up. I'll post it if I see anything about it.

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    I don't see him being in the top 6 as a freshman, so a redshirt year sounds sensible.
     
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    Feels strange. Last January, we had the bare minimum of six players when Gosea finally joined the team. Nevolo and Kalmanovich are leaving but as of now we've got Abdelnour, Hoh, Bazarnik, Guignon, Kopinski, Gosea, Hiltzik, Page, Jesse, and Childers. Wow. Going to be interesting how it develops. Just read that Hoh beat Nevolo and Kopinski in a tournament in Decatur so hopefully he and Abdelnour will be able to handle the No. 1 position together. Unless Hiltzik is just lights out. That would be a nice surprise.

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    I was at the Central Illinois Open this weekend in Decatur Illinois. The Open division is a qualifier for the Futures tournament held at the same site later in the summer. The winner of this weekend's tournament gets a spot in the main draw of he Futures. So it attracts a lot of solid players, current and ex college players.

    Nevolo was the top seed. Nevolo, Stephen Hoh, and Kopinski all made the semis. Bazarnik made the QFs.

    Hoh looked great. He beat Nevolo 4 and 4 in the semis, and then beat Kopinski 1 and 3 in the final.

    Edit -- Sorry Satsuma - didn't finish reading your whole post before posting the results that you already alluded to.
     
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    Thanks for the details! Nice to hear Hoh doing well. He's the defending ITA Summer Champion so maybe he really gets it going in the summer months.
     
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    Blake Bazarnik should be interesting to watch. He was Illinois No. 1 back in 2010 and ranked as high as No. 7 on TRN. He won the Illinois State Championship and also won five sportsmanship awards. He had Illinois high on his list but for some reason chose Vanderbilt. He had a pretty good freshman season, going 20-13 and won the SEC Freshman of the week once. His sophomore season was rough and he struggled in mostly the No. 3 singles slot. He'll be coming "home" so it'll be interesting to watch Coach Dancer work with him and get him going again.

    Blake Bazarnik
     
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    I wonder how much he actually struggled, meaning he wasn't playing up to his potential, or if it was simply a case of an incredibly competitive conference. Think of all those great teams in the SEC, and to be playing No. 3. A player could be a perfectly fine player and still have a losing record against those sorts of teams.

    Vanderbilt's final ranking was No. 40, yet there were 8(!!) SEC teams ranked above them, all of them in the top 25 (5, 7, 11, 12, 14, 19, 20, 25) and some of those teams were once ranked even higher.

    And, of the three ranked below Vandy, those teams were 41, 48 and 58, not exactly slouches. There's never a day when a player can be "off". Against that schedule, it would be pretty easy to struggle.
     

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