Iowa Falls To Illinois In Quarterfinals


April 30, 2010

Final Stats

BLOOMINGTON, IN – – The University of Iowa men’s tennis team lost to No. 14 Illinois in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament Friday, 4-0. The 61st-ranked Hawkeyes, seeded seventh, dropped to 13-10 overall with the loss at the Indiana University Tennis Center.

The Hawkeyes, 8-7 away from Iowa City and 4-1 at neutral sites, were unable to claim the doubles point. Illinois, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, claimed victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions to clinch the point. Marek Czerwinski and Abe Souza, ranked 60th nationally, downed Marc Bruche and Nikita Zotov, at the No. 1 spot, 8-1. Johnny Hamui and Dennis Nevolo defeated Tommy McGeorge and Will Vasos, 8-6, at the No. 2 position. Hamui and Nevolo are ranked 83rd.

The Hawkeyes were unable to claim any singles victories. Vasos, Zotov, and Reinoud Haal were downed in straight sets as Illinois clinched the 4-0 victory.

“Illinois had too much firepower for us today,” said Head Coach Steve Houghton. “Having said that, I am very pleased with the continuing improvement we have made over the last three years. I would like to thank the three seniors for their contributions to this program.”

#14 Illinois – 4
#61 Iowa – 0

1. #42 Dennis Nevolo (ILL) vs. Marc Bruche (IOWA) 6-7, 3-0, unfinished
2. #73 Marek Czerwinski (ILL) def. Will Vasos (IOWA) 6-2, 6-3
3. #87 Abe Souza (ILL) def. Nikita Zotov (IOWA) 6-2, 6-2
4. Johnny Hamui (ILL) def. Reinoud Haal (IOWA) 6-2, 6-2
5. Stephen Hoh (ILL) vs. Tommy McGeorge (IOWA) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished
6. Bruno Abdelnour (ILL) vs. Austen Kauss (IOWA) 5-7, unfinished

1. #60 Marek Czerwinski/Abe Souza (ILL) def. Marc Bruche/Nikita Zotov (IOWA) 8-1
2. #83 Johnny Hamui/Dennis Nevolo (ILL) def. Tommy McGeorge/Will Vasos (IOWA) 8-6
3. Connor Roth/Stephen Hoh (ILL) vs. Reinoud Haal/Austen Kauss (IOWA) 4-7, unfinished