Former Illini in Atlanta Open final
ATLANTA — Top-seeded John Isner and second-seeded Kevin Anderson set up what Atlanta Open officials hope will be the “tallest” final in ATP Tour history.
The 6-foot-10 Isner defeated Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Saturday, and the 6-8 Anderson topped Ryan Harrison 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the night semifinal.
Isner is 5-3 as a pro against Anderson, and they played several times before that.
“We’ve been playing each other since, I think the first time was the fall of 2005 (when Isner was at the University of Georgia and Anderson at Illinois),” Anderson said. “We both serve quite well. ... I definitely think there have been times when the success he’s had has pushed me to do well.”
Poulter plays well in four-set loss. Illinois recruit Jordyn Poulter had 34 running sets for the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team in a four-set loss to Slovenia on Saturday at the FIVB Girls’ Under-18 World Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Poulter started at setter for the Americans, who were unable to overcome 24 attack errors in a 25-23, 25-15, 18-25, 25-22 setback in their pool-play opener. Team USA led in kills (45-36) and blocks (15-11).
Poulter, a Class of 2015 commitment from Aurora, Colo., also contributed two digs, one kill and one service ace.
Team USA will face Brazil (2-0) today in its second match of the five-team Pool C round-robin.