Illini Earn Four Wins After Day 1 of Knoxville Showdown

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Illinois men’s tennis Nic Meister, Oliver Okonkwo, Mathis Debru and Kenta Miyoshi gathered two wins in doubles play and two wins in singles play against MTSU, Columbia and North Carolina on the first day of the Knoxville Showdown hosted by Tennessee. 

Graduate student Meister paired up with freshman Miyoshi for a doubles match against MTSU’s Marcel Kamrowski and Ondrej Horak, beating them 6-1. 

The two transfers, Okonkwo and Debru, matched up together and beat Columbia’s Hugo Hashimoto and Ishaan Ravichander, 6-3. 

In singles action, Meister swept MTSU’s Shu Matsuoka, 6-1, 6-1 while Debru beat North Carolina’s Mark Dillon 6-2, 6-2. Miyoshi battled in his match, but fell to Coumbia’s Theo Winegar, 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(4).

Results

Doubles Matches

Nic Meister/Kenta Miyoshi (Illinois) def. Marcel Kamrowski /Ondrej Horak (MTSU) 6-1

Mathis Debru/Oliver Okonkwo (Illinois) def. Hugo Hashimoto/Ishaan Ravichander (Columbia) 6-3

Singles Matches

Nic Meister (Illinois) def. Shu Matsuoka (MTSU) 6-1, 6-1

Mathis Debru (Illinois) def. Mark Dillon (North Carolina) 6-2, 6-2

Theo Winegar (Columbia) def. Kenta Miyoshi IIllinois) 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(4)

Up Next

The tournament will continue tomorrow at 10 a.m. with matches against Columbia and MTSU. Live stats will be available here and a recap will be posted on FightingIllini.com. 


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