Broncos to Face #24 Illinois In NCAA Tournament
Playing in their ninth-ever NCAA tournament, and ninth under head coach Dave Morin, the Broncos will look to buck the historical trend against the Illini; the match will represent the 14th meeting between the Broncos and the Illini, with Illinois holding an 11-2 edge in the series.
This will be the fourth time the Broncos and Illini have met in the NCAA Tournament since the 2004 season, and the first time the teams have met since the 2009 Tournament. Two members of the Broncos remain from the 2009 squad that fell to the Illini; senior co-captains Zeyad Montasser and Pablo Olivarez played in Nos. 5 and 5 singles, respectively, though neither's match finished with a decision. Montasser teamed with Kevin Hayward in the No. 2 doubles match, falling to the 41st-ranked pairing of Spicijaric/Czerwinski of Illinois.
Olivarez has some experience with members of the Illini this year, having faced members of the team at the 2011 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Regional, hosted at Ohio State. Olivarez held his own, forcing Illinois's Tim Kopinski to a third set in singles play before falling 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. Olivarez would have his revenge later, however, teaming with Aaron Wong to beat Kopinski and his doubles partner 8-0 in doubles play.