Abdelnour clinches thriller
URBANA — Dennis Nevolo, Roy Kalmanovich and Farris Gosea all won in straight sets to help the Illinois men's tennis team to a 4-3 win against Texas A&M on Sunday at the Atkins Tennis Center.
Bruno Abdelnour clinched the match for the Illini with his three-set victory.
"I'm incredibly proud of Bruno," Illinois coach Brad Dancer said. "I don't think he played anywhere near his best tennis this weekend, but he found his equilibrium and found where he needed to be. It showed growth in his level of confidence that he could handle the situation and win us the match. I know he cares deeply about the team and has wanted to win a big match like that for a long time, so I'm extremely proud of him."
In men's gymnastics:
Paul Ruggeri claimed victories in the floor exercise, vault and horizontal bars en route to winning the all-around title to help the third-ranked Illini win a triangular meet against No. 6 Minnesota and host No. 10 Nebraska.
C.J. Maestas won on the rings for the Illini, who finished with 353.650 points. Second-place Minnesota had 346.900 and Nebraska scored 344.700.
In women's gymnastics:
Alina Weinstein claimed victories on the vault and all-around in helping No. 19 Illinois to a 195.400-194.025 win against host Western Michigan.
Teammate Kelsey Joannides was second in the all-around and won the balance beam, one spot ahead of Weinstein. Jaclyn Kantecki was Illinois' other winner, in the uneven parallel bars.
Davis Hendrickson drove in four runs while Brandon Hohl (two hits, two runs) drove in three to lead the Illini to a 14-3 win against West Virginia in the final game of the Nike College Showcase in Eugene, Ore.
The Illini, who got two hits, two RBI and three runs from Justin Parr, did all of their scoring in the first three innings.
"We were good at the plate today," coach Dan Hartleb said. "We took advantage of a pitcher who didn't have great command early and got a lot of walks, then we made him pay for some of his walks with some big hits. So I was really pleased with the way we came out and scored a lot of runs early and took command. This was a very tough tournament. There were a lot of quality tournaments and everybody was beating up on each other. For us to come out of it 3-1 and have a chance — without that one rough inning against Oregon State — to go 4-0, I was very pleased with the way we performed this weekend."
Luke Joyce tossed 22/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win. The left-hander struck out three and allowed one hit.
In women's golf:
Illinois shot a 16-over 304 in the third and final round of the Eagle Landing Invitational in Orange Park, Fla., to finish fifth (900) in the 18-team field. South Florida (883) won the team title.
Individually, Katelin Dilger carded her second consecutive 1-over 73 to finish tied for 13th (221). Nora Lucas shot a 79 Sunday and ended up tied for 18th (224). Campbell's Kaylin Yost (215) was the champion.