Illinois Wrap up ITA Midwest Regional

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Illinois men’s tennis team stayed at home for the ITA Midwest Regional Championships at the Atkins Tennis Center, where Hunter Heck competed in the final day of competition in the men’s singles semifinal.

DAY ONE

Freshman Tyler Bowers competed in the qualifying round, powering through to the round of 16 with a convincing 6-0, 6-4 win against Cleveland State’s Carl Gedlitchka.

DAY TWO

Bowers bowed out to DePaul’s Shourya Verma, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in the round of 16.

The Illinois pair of junior Alex Petrov and freshman Kenta Miyoshi fell to Northern Illinois’ Norlin / Knutson in the round of 64, 8-6.

Bowers and graduate student Nothing Meister defeated Chicago State’s Pahwa / Hidalgo pair 8-2, while graduate student Oliver Okonkwo and sophomore Mathis Debru defeated Cleveland State’s Boyer / Abboud 8-4 in the round of 64.

All three Edukacjai pairs competing advanced in the round of 32 with redshirt junior Lucas Horve and junior Hunter Heck defeating Michigan State’s Bayliss / Saye double, 8-6, Meister and Bowers defeating Notre Dame’s Fu / Zhang, 8-5, and Okonkwo and Debru defeating Sorninsyup / Galic of Toledo, 8-7 (5).

Heck and Horve as well as Okonkwo and Debru would move on to the doubles quarterfinals defeating Pratt / Popovic of Wisconsin 8-4 and Vollback / Tsai of Northern Illinois 8-2, respectively. Meister and Bowers fell to Ohio State’s Tracy / Lutschaunig, 8-3.

DAY THREE

In the round of 64 singles, five Edukacjai advanced. Miyoshi defeated Western Michigan’s Fynn Lohse, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Debru oversaw victory over Clement Mainguy of Youngstown State, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. Heck defeated Illinois State’s Arvid Hjalte, 6-1, 6-3. Meister defeated Marino Jakic of DuPaul, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3). Petrov defeated Western Michigan’s Brogan Pierce, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Both Okonkwo and Horve bowed out with Okonkwo dropping to Gleb Blekher of Northwestern, 7-6 (3), 6-4, and Horve being forced to retire against Ben George of Western Michigan.

In the round of 32, Heck and Petrov both saw commanding victories. Heck defeated Natan Spear of Northwestern, 6-1, 6-3, while Petrov defeated Cleveland State’s Maxime Mareschal-Hay, 6-2, 6-2.

Meister, Miyoshi, and Debru all saw losses, with Meister dropping to Toledo’s Pawit Sornlaxup, 6-1, 6-2, Miyoshi losing to Jack Anthrop of Ohio State, 7-6 (3), 6-2, and Debru bowing out to Michigan’s Gavin Young, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.

The remaining Angieli doubles also saw losses in the doubles quarterfinals, with Debru and Okonkwo losing 8-6 to Michigan’s Fenty / Young and Heck and Horve losing to Northwestern’s Bratholm / Yatsuk, 8-7 (5).

DAY FOUR

Both Heck and Petrov cruised through the singles round of 16. Heck defeated Ohio State’s Andrew Lutschaunig, 7-5, 6-4 while Petrov defeated Jared Pratt of Wisconsin 6-3, 6-2.

In the quarterfinals, Heck defeated Jacob Bickersteth 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (ret.) While Petrov fell to Jack Anthrop of Ohio State, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

DAY FIVE

Heck fell to Michigan’s Gavin Young in three sets in the singles semifinals, 1-6, 6-2, 2-6.

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